Free writing can be one of the most beautiful discoveries you can do for yourself. At first it can be kinda daunting, “What do I write?” “I don’t have anything to say.”
Try writing a question at the top of the paper. Something you may be worried about or wondering, something you want to more about, or need direction on and just start writing. Put pen to paper, it doesn’t matter WHAT you write, just write.
After a while you will start to hear your inner voice come through. A lot of the times I think people overthink what they are writing, don’t judge what you’re putting down. No one is going to read this but you, just go and flow.
You may find at first your logical negative voice comes though, thats okay! Keeping working through it! You may find there is a deeper question you are wondering – write that down at the top of a new piece of paper and start free-writing on that. Go until you feel you’ve processed your thoughts a little. Journaling can take practice – it can be a challenge to hear your inner wisdom come through, but you will know when it does.
2. Notice Your Thoughts
What are you telling yourself throughout the day? What story are you creating about your life? What story are you telling yourself around your relationships, your work, your self? Start to notice them.
Our thoughts are either based in love or fear. When they are based in love they are encouraging, positive, supportive, expansive, and TRUE. When they are based on fear you may get messages of not being good enough, lacking in some way, comparing yourself to others, or negative and bring you down in general.
Our loving truthful thoughts are coming from our ‘ness – our soul, intuition, gut feeling – let’s take that route. Loving thoughts will tell you to go for it, try new things, put yourself out there, it pushes you to expand your horizons so you can grow into the beautiful human you are.
Starting to become a witness to those thoughts is the first step in redirecting your negative thoughts into positive, loving ones. Next time you hear something fearful simply say to yourself, “DELETE.” I’ve heard of people putting a rubber band on their wrist and flick it each time a fearful thought comes into their mind. Whatever is going to help you start to notice what’s going on up there.
This isn’t to say we should NEVER have a fear-based thought, we are human, it’s going to happen – daily. But as we strengthen our ability to focus on the positive, it will expand and create more loving and positive thoughts. And from there, let the law of attraction begin!
Get a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle – on one side put ‘fill up’ at the top and on the other side put ‘drain.’ Make a list of all the activities, people, and experiences that fill you up. Things that ignite your ‘ness, give you energy, and make you happy. On the other side, brainstorm a list of things that deplete you – make you feel down or create negative emotions and feelings.
Use tip #1 here and free write, don’t judge what comes up on each side – again, no one is going to see this. It’s for you, to honor yourself. To start to bring the things that truly fill you up to the surface, to put emphasis on them so that moving forward you focus on those.
You need to be okay saying no to the things that drain you. Of course, there are situations in our lives where we have to do things that drain us – maybe our job is super demanding, or we have a family member that is always negative, or we just feel in a funk. Beginning to uncover what fills us up is what is going to counter balance the draining activities.
When we have draining activities we have to do, incorporate more things from the ‘fill up’ list — we can honor ourselves by knowing what’s best for us from a ‘ness standpoint and choose love.
I hope you take these three ways and incorporate them into your daily life in some way — let me know how it goes, tweet me @jessnesstweets or email me email@example.com
Love you, sending you HUGS x
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