Over the last 6-12 months I have really started to take notice of what I want to be doing with my life. I have been so fortunate to leave my traditional job behind and just be a mum and take care of the home and kids. It has been amazing and something my husband and I worked towards for many years – setting ourselves up so we could live on the one salary and be ok.
For the past 5 years it was the #1 goal that we worked towards. It was the goal on the vision board, written in my purse, laminated and in the shower (yep keeping it at the forefront every day) and written throughout my diary and journals. As terrifying as it was to leave that safety net, we knew it was exactly the right step for us.
And it has been magic, don’t get me wrong. But I could no longer ignore that little voice inside that told me, I wanted more. Not to return to a corporate position but to be more than I currently was.
I attended some yoga classes but the thing that really got me was the spiritual side, the relaxing part where you can just quiet your mind and surrender. So I started to meditate. I had always loved to listen to motivational cd’s (this would be the thing that used to get me through my long drives to and from work) so finding some guided meditations seemed like the perfect place to start. If you search on you tube or a simple Google search you will find loads of these. It may take some time to find the ones that really resonate with you but it is well worth the search.
These guided meditations were exactly what I needed to focus on and help to stop my mind chatter and calm my thoughts. Instead of thinking I needed to sit there in complete silence I could just listen and let go.
Despite never even having a psychic reading before, I was always intrigued with tarot cards so I started to buy some decks and experiment with them myself. Asking questions and writing down what the cards were telling me, plus the thoughts and feelings that were coming up for me (my intuitive thinking side). Before I knew it my meditation practice became centering myself with deep breaths and silence, simple card readings and then picking up my journal and writing whatever was coming to me.
I realized that meditating really did unlock an amazing side of me. A side that was no longer about ego or the what ifs and what nows, but a side that felt like pure love and joy. The messages coming through were all about how I should be living my life, being grateful and showing compassion and kindness. Even though I would like to think that is how I lived my life already, these messages were like a breath of fresh air in an otherwise busy and hectic life.
I now journal each and everyday. Sometimes I think I have nothing to write but then I can sit and centre myself and the words flow freely. Other times I might use a prompting question and then start from there. Here are some I use a lot and can help start your practice:
- What makes you happy?
- What are you grateful for?
- What was the best part of your day?
- If you could snap your fingers and life was perfect how would it be?
- What is your ideal day like?
- What are some of your favourite things to do?
Taking these questions and journaling your answers is pure magic. It enlivens your soul and instantly transforms your state of mind to a lighter and brighter place. It’s a form of daydreaming that gives you a permanent record. If you are having not the best day just flicking back through your journal can be enough to instantly make you feel better. Putting this goodness out into the universe pays huge dividends and I believe really does attract more back to you.
After a few short months, I have journals full of my dreams, the things I am grateful for and an idea on how I want to spend my days. I might not be clear on the whole picture yet but I have the motivation I need to keep moving forward on my journey.
There is so much more I have explored and I will share more in the future but for now I want to know if you are embarking on a spiritual journey and how it started for you? If you like to journal what do you like to write about?
photo credit: “A man falls asleep and dreams he’s a butterfly. But in the dream, the butterfly falls asleep and dreams it’s a man. When he awakes, he’s never sure forever afterward if he really is a man, or just a butterfly having a dream.” – Zen quote via photopin (license)