At the start of these daily posts about my progress with the 30 Day Journal Project, I always like to show you a photo of what my page looks like before I start writing.
We all begin with a blank page. This is universal to all creatives.
This is easy to forget when facing our own blank pages.
Today’s theme is Cultivate.
The images here are from a photocopy of one of my sketchbook pages circa 2001 – 2002, when my life was going through upheaval triggered by death and betrayal. I experienced abandonment of every level.
The crisis reminded me so much of the traumas of my childhood: moving constantly, sometimes homeless, often in orphanages, foster homes or living relatives. Abandonment, abuse, and betrayal by parents and other caretakers.
It was like I was re-experiencing one of my deepest wounds.
To heal, I began to explore the question: What does it mean to be rooted?
It’s wonderful to be able to paste this image right into my journal, knowing that I came out of that experience with the wholeness and well-being that I always wanted, but didn’t know how to get.
My own creative process, along with daring to honestly address my fears, (of being worthless, unlovable, unwanted and not belonging anywhere) is what helped me make it to the other side.
One of the journaling prompts for Day 3 is: What is the root that I most need to cultivate within myself now?
I filled a few pages, surprised at what emerged.
In fact, the day before, I had almost already answered the prompt in my head, so certain I was of what most needs cultivating now.
When I started to write, a whole different subject flowed forth.
I gained an entirely new perspective on a many years long dilemma, along with a whole new approach to resolving it for good.
The whole process took less than half an hour, including my meditation with rubber alphabet stamps to underline my epiphany.
The slow and deliberate nature of inking and stamping one letter at a time takes me further into the contemplative zone where my new ideas are forming.
I can hardly wait to explore tomorrow’s prompt.
In case you just landed here and have no idea what I’m talking about:
From August 1 – 30, I’m hosting the 30 Day Journal Project, a online event with the aim of getting more people journaling.
If you’d like to participate, go to the project page and sign up. It’s totally free to participate.
About my daily journal posts
I’ll be posting my pages daily, usually the day after I make them. Need the time to photograph in good light, upload, etc.
Since I’m not in the habit of daily posting here, I won’t suddenly start emailing subscribers everyday. Instead, I’ll round up the posts once a week or so, and send them that way.
If you do want to keep up with my daily posts in August, simply come over to my website, or sign up to get my posts via RSS my clicking the Bloglovin’ icon. It’s on the sidebar, over to the right of the page.
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