If you have made a list of good things that you would like to invite into your life, this can be your "why." If you are not up for making a list of good things right now, you can borrow my reason to begin this adventure: following the tips and journaling prompts from the Path to Resilience has helped me to become the best version of myself.
Now...on to week one of our journaling challenge. On week one of the Path to Resilience, we begin by focusing on mindfulness and our emotions. As James Baldwin famously said:
"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it's faced."
In order to experience well-being, we need to be able to integrate our emotions, life experiences, and the various parts of our brain. The journaling practice for week one helps us to name our emotions so that we can integrate them. Additionally, the journaling activity for week one includes a hint of gratitude (the science of the inclusion of gratitude is touched on in the video recording below).
For week one, all that you need to do is pause to remember your "why," and then write down, "Today I am grateful for awareness..." at the top of a blank sheet of paper. Go ahead and do this now. Pause. Now, write down three emotions that you feel and the corresponding trigger (see above example). Please be sure that at least one of the emotions is negative. We need to integrate both negative and positive experiences, which means that it is important to be aware of and name both positive and negative emotions.
Please note that when we say that we are grateful for awareness, we are not saying that we are grateful for the things that have caused difficult emotions. We are simply stating that we are grateful for an awareness of our feelings. If you don't feel authentically grateful for an awareness of your emotions, you can denote that as well (I touch on this in the above video).
For week one, this is all that is asked of you each day: 1) Remember your "why" 2) Write "Today I am grateful for awareness...." 3) Write down three emotions that you are feeling in response to situations in your life. If you like, you could follow up your journaling with a mindful awareness practice such as dropping in, or a kindness practice such as kind wishes.
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I wish you peace, joy, and integration.