Sunday, February 12, 2017

Buddha Meditation Journal

The text in this journal is a modernized version of very ancient verses originally attributed to the Buddha. The Buddha didn't mince words when telling people what they needed to know to reach happiness and these simple verses are very dear to the hearts of Buddhists everywhere.

How to Use this Journal

Of course, you can use this journal any way you like! You can scribble limericks, keep grocery lists, or review old television shows.

But! You can use each page as a “thought for the day” and then ignore the quotes and use the lined pages as a record of your daily journey.

You can doodle on the left page under the quote or you can cut pictures out of magazines and glue them there.
You can use the quotes as writing prompts.

The Buddha once said “Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. ... Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. ... But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”

You have permission to argue with the quotes. You can analyze them and see how they fit with your life or not. You can modify them into something more suitable to you.

You can do a mix of all of the above.

This is your book.

Monday, January 2, 2017

But I Don’t Write!

“I don’t write. When I text, it looks like ‘C U @ 8.’ I’ll call somebody before I leave them a note. Journaling is not for me.”

Writing is talking on paper. You talk all the time. You probably talked during the above-mentioned phone call.

Handwriting is awkward until your hand relaxes and starts doing what you want without being told. That’s what it’s like after you get used to it and it happens a lot faster than you think. You think of something to say and the pencil or pen writes it without arguing.

Then your thoughts get turned into concrete words on the page.

Oh, Dear.

That means you have to look at those words and not only is the handwriting sloppy but the ideas are stupid and everybody can read them.

Return your attention to the above phone call.

You did not evaluate the quality of the way you delivered the message. You needed to plan how to get together for dinner and so you did. No second thoughts about your word choices.

Journaling is like that if you let it be. Just say what you mean to say. If you mess something up just scribble through it and move on.

Your journal will not criticize your imperfections. Your teacher will not grade you.

Look into your heart and write about what you see there. If you can’t figure out what you are seeing, write about that.

It’s a dark room filled with junk.

It’s a tangled ball of yarn.

It’s an empty plane as far as the eye can see.

It’s a swimming pool full of screaming children.

It’s a box of misspelled words describing boredom.

It’s a sweaty jungle full of mosquitos.

It’s none of your damn business.

It’s empty, boring, stupid, empty, boring stupid, empty, boring stupid … in bad handwriting for three pages.

And all or any of that is exactly fine and correct.

No worries.

It’s your journal and nobody else’s!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Don't like journaling? Try this!

From Tod Brison:

Journaling never felt like progress. I could never do it consistently, and if I had to write one more feeling about myself, I would have thrown up.

So instead, I tried something different.

If you’ve gone through a similar experience, I suggest something I call “micro-journaling.” It takes a lot less time and effort and still gives me the mental boost I need to get started.

read the rest here:

Thursday, November 24, 2016

A beautiful commonplace journal

From the The Peabody Essex Museum blog:

Commonplace comes from the Latin term locus communis, which refers to a theme of general application, such as a statement of proverbial or familiar wisdom. Typically, creators of commonplace books would have one or several themes for which they sought information from a variety of sources; such information would be recorded, regularly reviewed by the owner of the book, and/or shared with others who had similar interests. An article in The New York Review of Books, published on December 21, 2000, states that authors of such books made “a continuous effort to make sense of things, for the world was full of signs: you could read your way through it; and by keeping an account of your readings, you made a book of your own, one stamped with your personality … a way of making sense of the world.”

Read the whole thing here:

Friday, February 12, 2016

10 Commonplace Journal Ideas

From QuinCreative Blog:

Journaling is something that heals. Writing lets you remember and lets you forget. Remember fading memories and forget old hurts by writing them down and letting them go. It’s not always easy to keep a journal, so why do it? Who cares? Who will ever look at all that writing? The answer is simple: this is your life. You are keeping track of it. Your journals are not for your children to admire, your friends to share, and strangers to copy.

The journal you keep is to document your life. To prove you were alive. To write history the way you experienced it. Many of us don’t watch news because we are overwhelmed. Our own lives overwhelm us. Journaling puts you in control. Write about what happened at work, how you reacted, what you really thought. Putting it down helps us look at our reactions, our emotions, at arm’s length.

Read the whole thing here:

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Gorgeous Journal

Book hand made with fabric and vintage ribbon and buttons by Molly Jean Hobbit. Her work takes my breath away!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Journal Prompt: Where would you like to travel

Where would you like to travel? 

Not just the location, but why. What do you expect to find there? What are you afraid of finding there? and most of all--what's keeping you from getting there?