Journaling with Intention to be more Fully Present
Be At Peace…Plunge into the Beauty of the Here and Now:
“Every reader is a writer overflowing with deep thoughts and emotions…waiting to be released.” -Unknown
Last year was a big year for us at TAOEO, we released our first journal Breathe + Be You, which was created to be a mindfulness experience. Everything that we do at TAOEO is centered on helping women to feel more centered and balanced. Specifically, we make products that support women on their journey to holistic wellness. While creating the concept for Breathe + Be You, we spent significant time and energy developing the prompts at the bottom of each page as we wanted them to be uplifting, inspiring, motivating and thought provoking. We envisioned each journaler/writer sitting in a quiet space and connecting with their inner voice just before picking up the journal, reading the prompts and then starting to chronicle their thoughts and feelings. We intentionally selected the verbiage and prompt placement that would create a transformative and meditative experience for each person who interacted with the journal. We wanted to create a valuable resource that would inspire journalers/writers to journal with intention.
Each journal prompt in Breathe + Be You is centered on a specific intention and in using the prompts, journalers/writers can focus on different aspects of their emotional wellness. For this blog post, I wanted to include a journaling exercise with the intention of being fully present. When we are fully present in each moment of our lives, we experience more joy and fulfillment in our relationships and greater productivity. How often do we find ourselves feeling rushed, impatient, or unsettled? These emotions are usually the result of feeling as if we should be somewhere else or with someone else or in some moment other than the current moment. What if we looked at things from a different perspective? What if we found a way to bask in the beauty of the now? I believe the key to true joy, happiness and fulfillment is the understanding that we are exactly where we are supposed to be. There is no future better; the better that we seek can be found in the here and now. Finding ways to appreciate the things in the present moment will allow us to be fully present in each moment. Keep reading for a quick journaling exercise that will help you to break up your day with a moment of mindfulness.
Grab your journal (whether it’s Breathe + Be You or another journal – have it handy). If you don’t have a journal, consider this a sign that it is time for you to get one! In the meantime, a notebook will work just fine. Below, you will find a journal prompt from Breathe + Be You. Please read and follow the instructions to begin the journaling exercise.
Journal Prompt: Be at peace…plunge into the beauty of the here and now.
For the purposes of this exercise, please take 5-10 minutes to settle in and get comfortable wherever you are. Close your eyes and take a few deep cleansing breaths. As you exhale slowly, allow your shoulders to drop and your jaws to soften. On your next exhale, slowly extend your legs and allow your body to sink deeper into the surface that you are currently sitting on. Take another deep breath and this time feel your body smiling throughout and pay close attention to the slow rise and fall of your chest. When you are ready, take 5-10 minutes to write about the things that come to mind when you think about what it means to be at peace and plunge into the beauty of the here and now. For an extra level of mindfulness, try using one of our essential oil rollberball blends such as Zen,Calming or Namaste to support your journaling experience.
As you journaled, what came up for you when thinking about plunging into the beauty of the here and now? What beauty are you currently experiencing in your ‘here and now?’ Can you tell a difference in your mood before the journaling exercise and how you are feeling now? By completing this journaling exercise, you created a moment of mindfulness. Mindfulness is powerful because it brings us back to the present moment. Being mindful leads to deep feelings of gratitude; and