Journal Me Calm: Meditation and the Journaling Journey

Thanks to The Two Honest Guys for uploading their lovely meditation videos to You Tube (here’s the link http://youtu.be/02aLFyuYIE4 )

Using meditation and relaxation techniques can be a great way to get into the zone for a more reflective, insightful and calming journaling experience. There is a mass of evidence for the beneficial effects of meditation generally as any google search will unearth. There are quite a few books and personal stories around too and one book I am currently reading is ‘OPEN: How learning to live from the heart changed everything’, by Eoin McCabe. It is a story of a personal journey that has been enhanced through the use of mindfulness (living in the Now and accepting what is) and meditation (taking time to connect with the universal consciousness through our own inner being). One of my favourite sources for meditational information and inspiration is the Chopra Center who sometimes provide free meditation courses like the one coming up soon – a 21 day meditation challenge (follow the link below to view the facebook page and sign up form). I never manage to get through the whole 21! But I have downloaded one set and they are very helpful to have on-hand. This new series coming through next week is presented by both Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey and promises a concurrent journaling facility as well, so I am planning to stick with it and see how that goes. I often find that fleeting images bubble up in my meditation sessions and I have just recently started to note them down in  my journal, so I’m looking forward to this combined programme and hope I will learn more about the connections between meditation and journaling for health and well-being.

Happy Journaling!

[here’s the link to the upcoming 21-day meditation]

https://www.chopracentermeditation.com/Bestsellers/LandingPage.aspx?BookId=178

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  1. debbiensync
    Mar 18, 2013 @ 18:58:29

    hi, i am trying to write you about your guided meditation that I just “found’…I have no site as of yet on Word Press; I saw yours as I had chosen my interests for W. P., and spiritual is one….yours’ popped up, I wanted to do this as I have been in yoga instructor training, and thought it might be helpful; well, I went under so fast it was amazing. I have been practicing yoga for 15 years; and seriously meditating for several and usually find I am into the “zone'” now fairly quickly without even trying to.
    It was incredible…I think guided meditation is good for anyone, I love it, just not many chances to do it, as I love to meditate during Savasana, and during my energy healing sessions with my beloved guide and healer for a number of years as well.
    I was erased twice, so won’t go into details here, but wanted to tell you , and that I was inspired to create a blog for W.P. although I do not know much about them. Now I believe that I do! Meant to be. Going back also to my blog created for an online creative writing for happiness course through Stephanie Lee, who mainly does art courses; it was my first attempt at a blog and took forever but I loved it so much!
    So thank you on several levels! I look forward to creating a site myself! You are an inspiration….hope that you get to read this! Namaste’

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    • Roberta McDonnell
      Mar 18, 2013 @ 19:08:58

      Hello Debbie and great to meet you. Thanks for all your lovely comments, it is heartening to know the posts are of inspiration as I myself have been inspired by others and their work. This is one reason I love blogging so much- it helps to pass on gems of knowledge we have picked up from others. Thanks for the information about creative journaling as well, it is a big interest of mine. The meditations are great, I agree, and I’m catching up as I missed a couple of days. Do go ahead and start the blog with wordpress.com – it’s this one (there’s another wordpress.org for web developers, same people but for technos which I am not) When you start, wp has tutorials on how to write your first post etc, as you go on it gets easier. I started and stopped a bit to start with and still an a bit inconsistent but Inlkve the feeling when a post is done and up especially if you get feedback! Thank again and best wishes with the blog and journaling – let me know when you start so I can follow your blog : )

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