Welcome to our very first Journal for Wisdom Wednesdays!
Starting today and ending…whenever I feel like it…I’m going to post a journal prompt on Wednesday to help guide us towards our deeper wisdom. Don’t worry, I’m pretty new to all this spiritual hoo-haa too, so I’ll be doing the journal exercises right along with you.
Even if you don’t love to write, I urge you to give it a try. If we want something we’ve never had, we have to do something we’ve never done!
Intentional journaling is a fantastic way to discover your truest self. It’s also an amazing tool to help guide us towards a future full of possibility. It reminds of what’s important and helps to destroy all the muck we bury ourselves under day in and day out. So give it a try to see what you can dig up!
This week I’m going to ask you to go in head first and acknowledge your fears. The number one reason we’re not living our best life, and actually living some crappy overrated version, is because we’re scared. There is no other reason. Maybe you can’t lose weight because you’re afraid of suffering due to lack of the food you love. Maybe you can’t have a well-paying job because you’re afraid to leave your mediocre one. Maybe you can’t find true love because you’re afraid to leave your current partner or you’re afraid to put yourself out there in the single scene. Whatever your problems are (both the ones you admit to, and the ones you don’t), the bottom line is FEAR.
The very first step to overcoming these fears is to acknowledge they exist. Separate your journal page into 2 columns. Title the first column, Problem, and title the second column, Fear. Under the Problem heading, I simply want you to write a list of your problems. These are things in your life you hope to one day change. Some examples might say, I’m not happy in my marriage, I’m overweight, I’m always broke.
Now, directly across from your problem, under the Fear column, write the fear that corresponds to your problem. Respectively, this might say, I’m afraid of intimacy, I’m afraid that nothing can make me as happy as food, I’m afraid better jobs do not exist for me. This part might require a little more thinking time. Sometimes we have to dig deep to uncover the fear that’s blocking us from our solutions.
In some cases, your problem is one that you have completely no control over. For example, you might say, My mother is sick. You want this to change but it’s truly out of your control. Go ahead and write your corresponding fears about these issues as well. For this example, your fear might be, I’m afraid of losing her too soon.
Does anything you wrote down surprise you? If so, why? In what way did you contribute to or create these problems? If the problem is not one you control, is there a way to ease your fear? You can write your reflections or simply spend time thinking about it.
If you want to dig deeper, and be braver, make a third Column titled Action. In this column write a corresponding action you could take to ease these problems or even solve them. If you’re not happy in your marriage, this could say Counseling. If you’re overweight, this could say Walking. If you’re broke, this could say Search for new jobs. If it’s a problem out of your control, like your mother being sick, this could say Spend more time talking with mom.
You don’t actually have to go out and complete these actions steps today. Right now you are simply acknowledging the fear under your problems and the fact that you do have at least some control in making your situation better. And sometimes we have zero control over the solution but we do have control over our reactions and whether we choose to cope in a healthy way.
After you complete this exercise, report back and let me know how it went. Did you discover something new about yourself? Did you feel enlightened? Was it a form of release? What did it open up for you?
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