Exploring Week Nine , Of Walking In This World, Through The Journal Writing Process

Week 9

 

Chapter nine of Walking In This World by Julia Cameron is all about discovering a sense of resiliency. This really delved into the six negative emotions worry, fear, doubt, restlessness, insecurity and self-pity that we all find ourselves confronted with from time to time. She gives valuable advice and guidance on how to find ways to accept them and work through them.

 

 

Personally I found these emotions showing up in my journaling practice of morning pages. My journaling helps me to dump them all on the page, some of them have substance and most of them are just rubbish thoughts. I have come to realize that I am awesome at worrying about things. I often indulge in a pity party. I often experience doubts which some of them I would be wise to listen. Finally I  have a terrible habit of unrealistically comparing myself to others. So this was one chapter I needed to delve deep into.

 

 

Fear friend or foe. Julia states that fear can be our friend, it gives us clues, for instance, I fear my writing is not good enough. Fear is showing me an area I can take actionable steps on to improve. Fear is useful, it is trying to tell us something, and it can lead to more creativity. For instance I could do a writing course, to improve my writing. Fear is guiding me.

 

 

Doubts can be intuitive guides to something we need to examine more thoroughly or deeply. Doubts can be useful guides, especially when we start to examine the facts of the situation. Doubts can help us identify real problems that we can then develop real solutions to.

 

Week 9 journal prompt

 

 

Time wasting pity- parties. Instead of being consumed by self-pity and expecting others to come to my rescue I can take control of my situation, be empowered and come up with my own solutions. She also states that self-assurance is the antidote to self-pity. She provides a great journaling exercise of writing 50 things down that you like about ourselves.

 

 

Worry, oh I get so lost in my worries, they gobble up all my energy, yet once I put them on the page they don’t seem so bad or demanding of my attention. Worry is often just wasted attention and energy. Worry, comes from our stories and is emotional and not based on facts. My imagination is brilliant when it comes to making up stories especially focused on things to worry about in my life. Awareness of this is useful in redirecting my thoughts and energy. I like the exercise of creating positive affirmations and a mantra. She suggests using a mantra during walking. I chose to say the universe always supports me, and guides me in the right direction.

 

 

Insecurity, that terrible act of comparing ourselves to others. This reminded me that I am my own worst critic, and that we are all at different places with our work and talents. This shows up in both my writing and speaking. I notice that they are way better speakers than myself, and they seem so good at it. I can beat myself up for not being as good as them, or I can focus on improving myself. It is ok to be where I am at with my work, and I am better of focusing on improving on my last project.

 

 

Restlessness surprised me, because that was about being ready and open for change in my life. This made sense because I have all this energy, I feel scattered and indecisive, I am irritable and unsettled.  I have this feeling there is more to my life and there is something else I should be doing. Julia Cameron states: “Restlessness means you are on the march creatively. The problem is, you may not know where.” I have found Artist’s Dates helpful when dealing with my restlessness, because I can spend my time doing something for the fun of it, for an interest in it, or purely because I am curious. Currently I am doing a soulful painting course, now I am not a painter, however the process of doing my bad paintings is revealing and inspires me in other areas of my life. The process of painting for that one hour allows me to enter a flow state of mind, and that is when my inspiration comes. Artist’s dates allow me to explore, and discover new things, they are part of my practice of being open to possibilities, opportunities and change. For me the power of my Artist’s Dates can be describes best as, “follow your strange creative cravings and you will be led into change a step at a time.” Julia Cameron

 

 

Julia reminds us that we are all confronted with fears, doubts, worry, insecurity, restlessness and self-pity and will experience it. However we have an opportunity to turn some those emotions into creating positive actions. We can also recognize that some of those emotions are energy focused in the wrong place and that is something we can change.

 

 

This week’s prompt is: What signal is fear/doubt sending me ?

 

 

As usual there are exercises to do like making positive affirmations for our fears, and a mantra for walking, so we can impress our minds with positive thoughts. This chapter was very intense and gave me a lot to focus on in my journaling. There was so much in this chapter that I felt I couldn’t digest it all in one week. The highlights were looking at the six emotions negative emotions so as to understand them and learn ways to move through them. It was also about identifying ways I already use to move through them. It also highlighted the importance of my journaling process of morning pages, and how artist’s dates have helped me deal with my restlessness.

 

Do you have a book that you could engage with, journal about and even apply parts to your own everyday life?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

FRAN DISHON

 

 

 

 

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Six Reasons To Go For A Walk!

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I just love, love, love my adventure walks!  Today I went for the most delightful adventure walk, finding a place in nature even though it was surrounded by Suburbia. It was just the sort of place to go for an hours escape. As I walked I felt the breeze against my cheeks, I could see the trees gently blowing in the wind, the birds were singing their symphony, and I could smell the eucalyptus leaves. I even manage to smile and say hello to some lovely walkers and they went past. Like so many of my walks it was full of discoveries, like how the bright blue sunny sky became much greyer and darker over the hour.

There are many reasons to go for a walk such as exercise, transportation, reflection and dreaming, or purely for joyful pleasure. I love a walk for many reasons. Walking always fits into my moods, of joy, sadness, curiosity, fun, dreaming, reflecting, connecting and so on. Walking adapts to my moods so easily. I love a walk, especially when discovering a new place, and then I could walk for hours. Whether it is suburban streets, city streets or parks and nature, a walk is always full of new discoveries.

Below are a few reasons to include a walk or walks  into your week.

  1. It clears your head.
  2. Easy to do and can be done anytime, any place.
  3. It can be social you can chat with a friend or take your fur friend along for company.
  4. It can be sensually pleasurable with smells, noises, and visually interesting depending where you walk. The view will always be changing.
  5. It can be time to dream and plan.
  6. It can be a relaxing pleasurable excuse for exercise and burning calories. Exercise is allowed to be enjoyable, and walking is enjoyable and moves your body.

Walking is wonderful !

What sort of adventure walks do you like to go on?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

Exploring Week Eight , Of Walking In This World, Through The Journal Writing Process.

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This week in Walking In This World it was about Discovering a Sense of Discernment. Unmasking our villains and naming our supporters more accurately. Questioning people’s agenda’s and motives, and also delving more deeply into factual qualifications. Asking for facts, and making decisions on facts. It was a great activity to do through the journaling process, and I did have some lightbulb moments of insight. One thing I did learn that it is ok to be vulnerable and even  influenced by people who don’t serve me, however when I realise  this person is being more destructive than supportive, I  can change that. I can say enough is enough and cut myself off from that relationship or association.  Sometimes it is not just the people it is also the projects and activities we are involved in that are not really serving us. A statement that stood out to me was, “we must learn what and how-pull the plug on people and ventures that do not serve our authentic goals and aspirations.” Julia Cameron.

Slow Down

The other thing I chose to focus on was the idea of,  no emergencies, slow down and gently let things unfold. Life is just so fast, and so much seems to be happening. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by everything, and everything seems to be so important. That simple slow down, and finding ones own space is essential for getting some sort of perspective. Some things can wait. Some things can be totally ignored, and some solutions will unfold with time. It has taken me a long time to realise this. The exercise ask to list five areas where you feel a sense of haste and pressure.  For Instance this week I was feeling stressed about organising a fashion out fit for my son for Fashion Day at school. Thinking I needed to find the time to go out to all the op shops in my area to create an elaborate outfit for him. I took time out to slow done and think about it. Then I realised what I already had  for him would be good enough.  He didn’t need to impress people, it was more about him being part of it and enjoying the day. It was so important to slow down, and simply let things unfold naturally.
Ideas

Blurrrrrr,  fell in a heap this week.  Project day went ahead on  Thursday, and I focused on completing my photography course and doing some photo taking practice. Thankfully I could combine that with  a nature walk, so it turned out to be an awesome day. The photography course really got me thinking about what story I want to be telling with my photo’s. I don’t have a real camera, I am simply playing with an iPhone. Starting at where I am at with what I have.

 My aha moment was the idea that our ideas come from the things that happen to us and the things that mater to us most. My love of walking inspired my photo’s this week. I enjoy my adventure walks, and just wanted to capture that amazing Winter sky, and what a beautiful Winter’s Day looks like.  Whilst my artist’s date was an Ethical Shopping class which was both confronting and empowering. I discovered as a consumer I give my vote through my dollar. I discovered lots of ideas how I could spend my money better and vote for a better world. It was also a lot of fun.  I also booked into a weaving class in July. I am trying to schedule more of my artist’s dates into my schedule so I get out and experience more, especially more of the things that bring me joy, and really matter to me.

What mattered to me this week was attending to my family, and family events, and also to my volunteer work.  My journalling reveal my deep connection to those events. Whilst I did not delve as deeply as I would have liked into this chapter, I feel I did learn and experience something from it.  It is easy for me to be disappointed about not achieving all the things on my to do list.  However now I am thinking it was because they were not the things that mattered the most to me that week.

Journal prompt: What are five areas in your life right now where you feel a sense of haste and pressure? How could you slow down and let things naturally unfold?

Journals are a wonderful place to trouble shoot and come up with solutions to problems.

Do you have a book that you could engage with, journal about and even apply parts to your own everyday life?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

Exploring Week Seven, Of Walking In This World, Through The Journal Writing Process!

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It has been a cold week here in Melbourne, and I like nothing more than wearing my coats and keeping warm. The picture above is of the beach I visited on the long weekend. It just felt so good walking along the beach listen to the waves roll in and out. Lovely how a walk on the beach can lift the spirits.

 

I am now up to week seven of Walking In This World by Julia Cameron. This week’s chapter is all about discovering a sense of momentum.

 

Start something – finish something. Yes get stuff done! Momentum and overcoming procrastination was tackled by taking on the little stuff. So one of the exercises was to create a list of easy to do things that could be done right away. So I got started decluttering magazines, putting my current Toastmasters manuals and documents in a folder, organizing my Winter wardrobe and putting all the summer stuff away, sorting out my clothes and attending to my volunteer reports. Hmmm I could have done more here and are thinking I could do five things each week. This is something I could do at the start of the week on Mondays.  List five things that are easy to do and that you can do right now?

 

I also enjoyed the collaging exercise about myself. It is amazing how pictures quickly chosen and placed on a page can say so much. It was supposed to be my leading character in my imaginary world filled with my beloved objects and interests. I think my journal and pen are beloved objects. They support me through my days.  There were lots of pictures of journaling in different places, and next to them pictures of ideas and projects. My ideal self would love to be out and about with pen and paper jotting things down.  Maybe that is the focus of my next project journaling in different places, sounds like fun.

 

Part of the chapter was about appreciating and being grateful for everything we already have.” There seems to be an unwritten spiritual law that if we want our good to increase, we must focus on appreciating and husbanding the good that we already experience.” Julia Cameron.  She suggests we can do this by writing gratitude lists. Another way is to take care of the things we already have.  I often include some journaling about gratitude in my journal each day. It is easy to finish my journaling practice with a gratitude list or better still ten blessings of the day at the end of each day. There is always something to be grateful for, and so much abundance to appreciate in my life right now.

 

This week my Artist’s Date was sorting out my winter wardrobe; I boxed away my summer clothes in a box that I collaged with pretty pictures. I discarded some items that were ratty or I just didn’t like. I checked out all my scarves, and my coats and thought how I will enjoy wearing them this winter. It was fun exercise to do. Whilst the clothes I wear are an expression of which I am, and how I am feeling.

 

Week seven focused on starting something and finishing it, it was all about getting that momentum happening. During week six I introduced two project days.  Unfortunately project days where challenged by a school curriculum day and  a volunteer commitment that I forgot I had. I did manage to have at least one project day where I spent the whole day working on my projects. It was a very productive day, and I was happy with the result. I am hoping next week I will get in two project days. I certainly noticed how satisfying it was to get so much done in a day, I think it was because I was focused and taking action.

 

This book is giving me lots of prompts to journal on and to dig deep into my life. I am enjoying and feeling challenged by the process.

Journal prompt: What are five things I can start and complete this week?

 

Do you have a book that you could engage with, journal about and even apply parts to your own everyday life?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

 

 

 

Walk, And Ponder Your Ideas!

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This weeks adventure walk was about focusing on managing the ideas. Julia gives us something to say and ponder when walking.
“I do have good ideas. I have too many good ideas. Slowly and gently, one at a time, I can execute them.” Julia Cameron.
For me walking naturally slows down my thoughts. As I walked I slowly thought about making good ideas happen.
Walk, and ponder your ideas!
Wishing you a wonderful walking adventure.
FRAN DISHON

Exploring Week Six, Of Walking In This World, Through The Journal Writing Process!

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Week six of Walking In This World by Julia Cameron, the journaling of thoughts and exercises in this book continues. What I am learning is this is more than a book to read, this is a book to dive deep into and experience. It is a self- journey, a journey of discovery and bring about creative practices and dreams. I just love it. Week six of the book is about defining a sense of boundaries so as to protect our work and protect our time and energy.

Julia talks about practicing containment around our work, protecting our new projects from harm and harmful remarks. It reminds me how vulnerable and exciting I feel when working on a new project.  Whilst I also feel it is a huge time of growth, discovering, and lots of not knowing. Therefore it is very important only to share my work with a trusted person who is willing to be encouraging and supportive of my work. If I share it with the wrong person the next thing you know, the project is doomed. It is amazing how many people will tear work apart, or tell you that you can’t do that, or just highlight the limitations and obstacles. It only takes one person to derail a project. Containment; now I know to protect my work.

When it comes to my creative time, I find my time is used up doing something else.  It is a busy world and it is so easy to fill up my creative time by responding to other people’s needs, priorities and demands. Another boundary is preserving and protecting my own creative time. Julia suggests an activity to find time to be by yourself. This activity is to list ten ways you could be by yourself, such as get up an hour early in the morning, or take yourself to a cafe and spend alone time there. I now try to carve out some time during the day when my boys are at school. I call these my freedom hours. Even then I notice the interruptions the phone call, the emails, the volunteer work, the housework and other peoples demands. I have noticed that what I see as my time other people see as vacant time, and therefore think it is ok to make demands of me. During the week I have been thinking about how I define this supposedly non working vacant hours as my creative time.

Now Julia also talks about day jobs, now my day job is very important to me, I have a lot of knowledge, and skills in my chosen profession, it is interesting challenging work plus it pays my bills.  I value my job and get a lot of satisfaction from it. However I want to add to my life by developing my creativity in other areas of my life. I want to give my creative projects the respect that my day job work gets. I think it all comes down to valuing the way I spend my time, and putting boundaries in place so other people know this time is set-aside for me, for my work. For instance I am thinking about setting aside Tuesday and Fridays as my Project Day’s. During this time I will only focus my attention on showing up and doing my work. By giving them set days and hours, I can honor and make a commitment to my creative time. I can also show others that these are my creative working hours. I see great possibility in this strategy.

My journal prompt this week has been:  How am I protecting my projects, time and energy?

I have learnt this week the importance of protecting my creative projects from harm, and also valuing my creative time, and then putting boundaries in place to protect that time from other people’s demands.

I am half way through the book, and I have noticed how I am applying the lessons of this book into my everyday life, and that is both challenging and rewarding. I am starting to bring positive changes into my life.

This week my Artist’s Date was spending time in my garden, finding different ways to capture pictures with my iPhone. I also collaged my June dreams and goals. I did my journaling every morning.

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Do you have a book that you could engage with, journal about and even apply parts to your own everyday life?

Wishing you all a wonderful week.

 FRAN DISHON