{journal monday}

The real questions are the ones that obtrude upon your consciousness whether you like it or not, the ones that make your mind start vibrating like a jackhammer, the ones that make your “come to terms with” only to discover they are still there. The real questions refused to be placated. They barge into your life at the times when it seems most important for them to stay away. They are the questions asked most frequently and answered most inadequately, the ones that reveal their true natures slowly, reluctantly, most often against your will
– Ingrid Bengis
Combat in the Erogenous Zone

For the longest time I have kept journals, not an every day, “Boswell”¬† kind of one. But a more “I am here when you are” kind of one. I find writing to be a way of sorting what’s in my mind, bridging my inner and outer worlds. It is in these pages that I find the contemplation and solitude that life events sometimes demand I seek. It is in these pages that my yearnings become apparent and are made flesh. The pages also become wastelands of broken dreams and heartaches, burnished by emotions sometimes too painful to be spoken aloud.
Within its pages it holds the seeds for new beginnings and the small deaths of the old. It is a way of writing my way out of the box, of hearing my authentic voice.
I can start a page with the real questions, knowing that it is only me here. No approval needed, only eyes to see, and heart to hear what stirs within me.

My invitation to YOU …

Journal Monday is about asking the questions that deepen us, taking a risk on the page. Being willing to be visible, to ourselves. You are NOT required to be a “writer”, just be willing to travel wherever your thoughts and words will take you and in the process leaving your critic on the side of the road as you journey.

Come and join me … I really have no expectations of where we travel, or how. This is for you to decide alone … lets join hands and companion¬† the path together
Each Monday, a prompt will be posted here. An offering for the journey to go within, alongside some suggested meditations, journaling exercises and inspirations from other sources.

Some choices for you to make;

  • will you write by hand?
  • on loose pages or notebook?
  • pen or pencil?
  • are you going to type?
  • will you use images, pastels, cut out images from magazines?
  • if you use a bound journal/notebook, find one that lies flat.

Here’s where you begin.

Write a one page biography of yourself right where you are in life … if there is a critic lurking nearby, using a different coloured pen,¬† include her comments in the margins, but do NOT allow her too much space … then carry on with what you are here to write. YOUR TODAY’s BIOGRAPHY

I look forward to sharing the journey together.