Keeping a journal or sketchbook is a compelling way to start paying attention to what delights you, what moves you, what inspires you.
Especially if you dare to cut and paste images, or your own photos, into the pages.
We’re not aiming for pretty pages or making art.
We are documenting a journey.
When we start paying attention to what we love, it shifts our focus.
We discover more of who we are.
Have you ever been in a place where you couldn’t say what you wanted? That you didn’t even know?
Keeping a book of these delights as they appear in our life wakes us up.
We learn how we actually feel and think about things.
Which helps us discover what we want more of.
Beauty, for example
If we love beauty, we begin seeing more beauty.
We attract more beautiful moments into our lives.
We feel more beautiful from the inside, radiating out.
Because we have been paying attention to beauty, and saying: Yes, please. And more, thank you.
it’s about focus (with art supplies)
One thing psychology and spirituality agree on is that what we focus on expands.
If we keep worrying, we get more anxious.
If we use our capable and malleable brains, we can shift focus.
Just like that.
Have you heard that the brain is plastic? This simple idea makes me happy on a regular basis.
You may have tried keeping a gratitude journal and found your self feeling happier.
When we are appreciating what we have, we feel good.
the poets always say things better (and with fewer words, too)
“You must habit yourself to the dazzle
of the light
and every moment
of your life.”
— Walt Whitman said that
If you are eager for even more dazzle, check out at Dreaming on Paper.
about the image: that’s one of my sketchbooks…a page in progress. Got the quote from an Oprah magazine.
Have you been cutting out and saving inspirational quotes, lately?
What’s your most favorite right now?