Journaling Through Books For Reflective Self Discovery and Personal Development~Walking In This World

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I think some books are just perfectly designed for the journaling process. The unraveling of my creative life through working through the Artist’s Way was one of those books. The Artist’s Way is a book by Julia Cameron, which focuses on a spiritual path to higher creativity. I love this type of book; it fits in with my quiet reflective nature that loves to delve deep into the workings of my own personal psyche, plus my love of exploring self-development books. I absolutely loved and adored this book, I sank deep into it discovering so much about myself, discovering my own creativity, hopes and dreams. I discovered me! My life is so much juicer and exciting, and I am more accepting of my unique self and imperfections.

So I am excited, I have another book, Walking In this World, by Julia Cameron, which focuses on creative tools.  It sounds perfect for walking, journaling and me. More unraveling and exploring of my inner and outer worlds.  A book that will support my love of reflective self- discovery and personal development.  I look forward to exploring the questions in my journal, and applying the actions into my life.

I am hopeful that exploring the exercise will awaken more of my natural creativity, and help me to live a more beautiful life. Once again I will turn to the tools that Julia recommends which are as follows: Morning Pages(Journaling), Artist’s Date, and my favorite thing Walking.

So here are the tools:

1.Morning Pages, three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing preferably done first thing in the morning, it is like doing a mind dump, just put your thoughts on the page.

Listen to an interview with Julia Cameron on Morning Pages

2.The Artist’s Date, a 1 hour solo excursion exploring something that really interests you, something that is playful, fun   and a creative exploration. Listen to interview with Julia Cameron on the Artist’s Date

3.Weekly walking for 20 minutes

When I think about my perfect day, it would include walking and journaling. So I am excited about this new journal journey that I am about to embark on through exploring the book Walking in this World.

Have you read and worked through Walking in this World? Love to know your thoughts on this book.

Is journaling through books part of your journaling exploration?

What books are you using?

Wishing you a wonderful Day!

FRAN DISHON

Everything feels better after a walk.

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A beautiful Autumn day invited me out to play in its blue sky and beaming sunshine, it was irresistible! I wanted to say yes, I wanted to go for a long walk in nature, and explore my local neighbourhood. However I felt guilty, so much housework to attend to, especially after having the boys off for two weeks school holidays. The should’s were swirling around my head, I should clean the floors, scrub the bathrooms, do the grocery shopping, finish writing that speech, go buy new uniforms and so much more. It can all wait, and yet I still felt really guilty about leaving it. It could wait until tomorrow, or  the next day. In my experience housework is one of the few things worth procrastinating about.  Whereas this could be the last beautiful Autumn day left to savour this year. I didn’t  want to miss out on all that sunshine. After all sunshine makes me happy! It was a  beautiful Autumn day calling me out to play, I felt I just had to say yes to it. Then I did it, put on my sturdy walking shoes , got the dog leash, and took a ,long, long walk with my dog Little Miss Popularity.

 

Walking has this beautiful calming effect on me, it results in instantly slowing life down. For at least a short time I can drop all my worries and anxieties, and exist in a state of playful curiosity. I felt like a happy little girl as I crunch through all the dry Autumn leaves on the ground. Whilst I found a place to sit and rest, watching the gentle breeze blow the colourful  leaves whimsically through the air. As I explored a new part of my local neighbourhood I stumbled upon a new place to sit and rest. A magical place with  entrances created by stone columns which were covered in vines from above. It had a beautiful open air central area, with seating around the edges. A hidden gem, my inner child thought it was a magical castle, with its surroundings being the magical kingdom. I sat and rested, I savoured the smells of lavender and rosemary that were around it. All the worries, all the to do’s, all the musts disappeared, leaving me feeling peaceful and in a state of playful curiosity. The perfect place for a short magical escape enabling me to rest and rejuvinate. Yes it was the perfect day for a long, long walk in my neighbourhood.

 

Everything feels better after a walk. It was just what I needed to lift my spirits.

 

Wishing you a wonderful day.

FRAN DISHON