Another 3 Journaling Techniques

3 More Journaling Techniques

We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking. ~ Santosh Kalwar

In an earlier post, I shared 3 journaling techniques we suggest using in our Journal for the Modern Goddess.  Today I would like to share another 3 journaling techniques:

1. Qualities and Attributes – Write down the qualities and attributes you possess and then write down ones you wish you did. Identify one quality you demonstrate well and write about the how and the why, then identify on quality you wished you possessed, and write how you could demonstrate it in your life. You’ll be amazed what comes forward during the writing process.

This technique can be adapted to use words that describe how you are feeling in this moment and you can write about why you are feeling the way you do.

2. Dialog - Another technique is to dialog. Dialogs are imagined conversations between two or more people or higher beings. It could be a dialog between two parts of a person.

Dialoguing could involve writing a conversation between a present or past relationship, someone who is living or deceased. It could be about your role as a mother, sister, aunty or friend. Dialoguing could involve writing about an event or circumstance, traditions, cultural background, marriage, religion.

Dialoguing helps you move through any patterns, resistances or disagreements you may be having with yourself or with others. If you need to discuss a situation with someone, this technique can be powerful as it will allow you to form your thoughts so that you can say what needs to be said in a constructive and diplomatic way.

3. List Making – List making is a great way to help writers block. You could create a list of 100 things you are grateful for, or if 100 is a little daunting start with 25 or 50. Some examples are listing ways you could nurture yourself, how you can improve your life, what you wish for, places you would like to visit, things you value in life, ways to be more creative, ways to be more productive etc.

Once you have your list you can ask yourself questions to get the writing process flowing.

Once you’ve experimented with these techniques, please do share your experience.

Blessings, Nicole x

3 Journaling Techniques

Three Journaling Techniques

This pouring thoughts out on paper has relieved me. I feel better and full of confidence and resolution. ~ Diet Eman, Things We Couldn’t Say

Feeling a little stuck? Not sure what to write or how to start? At a loss for ideas? There are a range of journaling techniques that you can use to get your thoughts on to paper. In the Journal for the Modern Goddess we suggest the following three (3) journaling techniques:

1. Asking Yourself Questions – In our guided sections (Dreams and Inspirations; Moving Forward; Gratitude and Happiness), we provide a number of questions that allows the journal owner to ask herself. By asking herself the questions she can start to journal her answers and allow her answers to flow.

Our questions are guides; therefore any journal writer can ask herself a range of questions such as “how do I feel at this moment in time?” “What makes me happy?” “What changes are going on around me and how do they affect me?” etc.

Asking yourself questions provides you with prompts to move from not writing to writing, and from there you can allow your pen to flow.

2. Guided Meditations – Our journal comes with a companion guided meditation CD and we encourage the journal owner to write down her experiences from the meditation and if there are any actions she may need to take to move her forward in her life.

Meditation allows a person to relax and journaling directly after listening to a meditation CD is powerful because the insights you gained through your journey can be put onto paper immediately.

3. Free Flow Writing – We have also offered journal pages for the journal owner to write whatever she feels like without being guided. Some call this “intuitive writing” and others call it “free writing”. Free flow writing has one rule, and that is, there are no rules.

Free flow writing is you put pen to paper and write whatever comes into your head. If it is “I don’t know what to write”, then you write that and any thought or feeling, you write and you don’t stop. At first you may set yourself a time limit of 10 minutes and over time you may increase the time.

During this time you do not worry about punctuation, spelling, grammar, capitalisation, paragraph breaks etc. Do not worry if it doesn’t make sense, because you are writing purely for you. Free flow writing leads you places you never would have imagined. Allow your thoughts to flow and your pen will naturally move without you having to think about it.

Overall journaling can be an effective tool of healing and self-empowerment for everyone. There are many more techniques beside the ones I’ve mentioned; however it is recommended that you find the techniques that suit you. Once you become confident in journaling, explore and experiment with other techniques.

What is your favourite journaling technique?

Blessings, Nicole x

7 Benefits of Journaling

Seven Benefits of Journaling

Writing in a journal reminds you of your goals and of your learning in life. It offers a place where you can hold a deliberate, thoughtful conversation with yourself. ~ Robin S. Sharma

Journaling is the practice of documenting and exploring your thoughts and feelings surrounding the events and issues of your life. It is more than keeping a diary and recording the activities of your life.  Journaling allows you to clarify your thoughts and feelings, and process them so you can gain clarity and valuable self-knowledge.  It’s about looking within at your own thoughts and perceptions.

Here are my top seven (7) benefits of journaling:

1. Reduces Stress – Journaling has a proven benefit of reducing stress. The process of writing your thoughts and feelings down allows you to let go, and not carry as much with you throughout your day. This is a powerful form of self-expression, and through that expression you can gain clarity, release, and relief.

2. Increases Focus – Taking the time to journal can help you disentangle thoughts and ideas so that you can identify your true feelings and bring a clearer focus to what you want. This allows you to begin to live your life to the fullest.

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5 Benefits to Meditation

5 Benefits to Meditation

We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking. ~ Santosh Kalwar

Meditation has numerous benefits and has been deemed suitable by practitioners for curing many ailments. Millions of dollars has been spent on this very subject and much research is still ongoing to show exactly what benefits meditation can provide. Here are 5 benefits we know for sure.

1. Meditation acts as a stress reliever

Meditation works wonders for stress levels and helps quieten the mind of unnecessary chatter. Our minds seem to be constantly on the go; have you noticed how some nights it is hard to rid yourself of all that incessant noise? Meditation is very effective for clearing away the negativity and allowing your body to relax, while at the same time, reducing those anxiety levels. By concentrating on your breathing you are able to let go of all that internal stress that you are bottling inside, relaxing both the body and the mind.

2. Meditation gives you perspective

As your mind relaxes, you start to release those powerful emotions that might be holding you back. This release will help you gain clarity and enable you to see things from a new perspective rather than from an overly emotional viewpoint. It will give you the ability to see things from another angle that you may not have considered due to all the other issues affecting your decision making abilities. Often we make decisions based on the belief that our decision is the best choice. As soon as we acknowledge that our decision is not the only choice, then we open ourselves up to a multitude of possibilities.

3. Meditation makes you more focused

Meditation is strongly linked to improved concentration and attention to detail. A stronger focus will help you retain information longer and allow you to complete tasks quicker. Rather than allowing your attention to be taken away from what you are doing at present, you learn to do one task completely without distraction before moving on to another. Studies have also shown an increase in memory after regular meditation sessions.

4. Meditation boosts your immune function

Meditation is a great way to boost your overall health. As relaxation is linked to boosting your immunity, meditation works on the same level. As relaxation increases, blood vessels open up lowering blood pressure and boosting antibodies. A positive mental state will allow your immune system to thrive.

5. Meditation makes you happy

Bills, work, family squabbles, disappointments – the list is long – and they can all affect your ability to be happy. Meditation has the ability to boost those feel good chemicals working inside you, ensuring you focus more on the positive aspects of your life rather than the negative. Studies have shown that those who meditate have more activity in their prefrontal cortex, the area linked to positivity. Not that you really need a study to tell you. Try it for yourself and watch those mood enhancing elements at work.

Regular meditation will allow all these benefits to take root and grow in your life. If you want to be happy, healthy, more focussed, less stressed and open to opportunities as they are presented to you, then meditation is the quickest route to do just that. Now it’s just a matter of finding the time to do it!

Blessings, Nicole

Be Kind To Yourself

Be Kind To Yourself

If you realised just how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative word. ~ Peace Pilgrim

Dove has done it again! If you’re a sensitive soul, have the tissues ready.

In celebration of International Women’s Day on the 8th March, the following film, “Mes Pensées” (“Inner Thoughts”) was launched on French TV.

Created by Dove France and Ogilvy & Mather Paris the film highlights how critical we can be to ourselves, and encourages women to start sharing positive thoughts about themselves, using the hashtag #PenséeQuiRendBelle or, in English, #OneBeautifulThought.

‘One Beautiful Thought’ is an empowering writing prompt for the start of your day.

My positive thought for the day: I have a kind heart.

What’s yours?

Blessings, Nicole x

What is an Affirmation?

What is an Affirmation?

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become. ~ Buddha

An affirmation is a short, extremely powerful statement to manifest change – essentially you are what you say or think. Using affirmations in your life is an extremely empowering choice. As you put words or thoughts behind an affirmation, you are able to tap into an inner strength and start to believe these thought processes to change your life patterns and meet your goals.

The History of Affirmations

While affirmations may seem like a new age concept, the roots of affirmations are firmly entrenched in eastern religions, particularly within Buddhism. Although termed a mantra, they have the same goal affirming effect when repeated over and over again during meditation periods.

More modern uses of affirmations can be traced back to the French psychologist Emile Coue who used mantra-like conscious suggestions in the 1920s to bring about change. Coined the Coue method, Emile would ask his patients to repeat positive phrases to better their health. The New Thought movement, which believed that success can be achieved through affirmation, spread throughout the United States in the 19th Century spawning many self-help books based around the affirmation process. Authors like Louise Hay and Rhonda Byrne have ensured that the subject has a firm foothold in the mainstream.

An Overview of Affirmations

Affirmations work through the use of repetition and the power of positive thinking and allow you to be fully in tune with your thoughts – both negative and positive.

Research has shown that individuals think between 45,000 to 51,000 thoughts per day and unfortunately the majority of these thoughts are negative. These self-limiting thoughts, subconscious or otherwise, can dull your affirmation. Therefore it is important to listen to this inner dialogue and ensure that the positive intentions are strong and clear. What many fail to realise is that these negative subconscious and even unconscious thoughts are affirmations in their own right and need to be replaced with affirmations of love.

When you hear yourself being negative, it is important to acknowledge the patterns and create change; change in the form of positivity to counteract the negativity, using new improved affirmations as the way to move forward. Think of it as declaration of truth.

Creating affirmations are a somewhat easy process however believing and accepting them to bring about change is more difficult. It really is a matter of reprogramming your thought patterns and focusing on your goals or aspirations. Sometimes our inner thoughts act as a saboteur and stop us achieving what we desire. Some of these thoughts have even been instilled into us from our childhood and can be hard to break. Repeating your affirmations on a regular basis will help shatter these patterns for good.

Your affirmations are your script for a new life whether focussed around your personal life, your career or even your studies. Affirmations can be very powerful life changing words so take a deep breath and start shaping those affirmations to work for you.

Blessings, Nicole

What is Journaling?

What is Journaling?

It is virtually impossible to write a journal and not discover more about yourself.
~ Stephanie Dowrick

A journal is a record of your thoughts, feelings, ideas and experiences.  It is more than a diary entry.  Journaling is a way of recording life and emotions, and discovering parts of yourself you may never have known existed.  Journaling can be script, drawing, painting, collage… whatever you feel you need it to be.

Journaling is not a modern phenomenon, with recordings traced back to 55AD China. During the Renaissance period the Western world began journaling regularly, and ladies of the court in tenth century Japan used pillow books to record their dreams and thoughts with images and poetry.  Travel logs were also used as journals in both the Eastern and Western worlds throughout history, and used to record details of places, people, navigational insights, botanical and other information.

Journaling is a great way to challenge our beliefs and assumptions.  It helps us delve into the experience and meanings of what is happening in our lives, as well as how these experiences are affecting us.

Journaling can be an intensely uplifting experience, but it can also be overwhelmingly emotional as we explore our past and search for answers to current dilemmas.  According to Hannah Braime of BecomingWhoYouAre.net, “Exploring uncomfortable emotions, incidents and facts can be challenging in all kinds of ways… (however) if you commit to facing discomfort, you have the opportunity to reap big rewards.”

People journal for a variety of reasons, in a variety of styles, using a variety of media.  Some people journal to record memories, to improve their writing, to develop self-discipline or help change bad habits, to reach new levels of self-discovery.  The reasons are endless, but overwhelmingly journaling gives people a space to develop their thoughts.

I journal to process challenging times, clear my mind and to help me get ‘unstuck’.  Why do you journal?.

Blessings, Nicole x

What is Meditation?

What Is Meditation?

Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there—buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day. ~ Deepak Chopra

Meditation is a transformative process which allows you to calm the mind, effortlessly. It is a tool that can be used by anyone to gain contemplation and reflection; in today’s world it is indeed more of a necessity than a luxury.

Meditation essentially clears the mind from all negativity and unnecessary activity requiring you to focus on the present, rather than past actions or future desires. Removing these thought obstructions will enable you to empty the mind of ‘clutter’ and allow for a better relaxation experience. Meditation is also used by practitioners to relieve such issues as high blood pressure, depression and anxiety.

The History of Meditation

The word meditation is derived from Latin, meaning to think, to dwell upon, to exercise the mind or to heal and is in fact associated with a number of religious beliefs and traditions. Dating back to prehistoric religion, meditation has been known to be used in Hindu traditions, Taoism, Sufism, Christianity and Buddhism.

Buddhism became a much talked about topic in western countries in the 18th Century and schools of yoga were developed in the 1890s. These were eventually introduced to the western world and non-secular yoga traditions soon followed. Meditation became extremely popular in the 1960s and the term ‘yoga’ was introduced into the mainstream. It certainly has a long documented history through many cultures and traditions.

Variations of Meditation

Spiritual growth is the main aim for these religious forms of meditation while non-secular meditation emphasizes benefits of relaxation and stress relief. Individuals who meditate tend to focus internally to develop external change in the form of increased compassion, love and wellbeing.

Meditation refers to a state where your mind and body are relaxed and focused, therefore the position you adopt to reach this state is one of personal choice. It can be done sitting still in a cross legged or lotus position, by sitting in a chair, laying down or even walking in a particular pattern, a method monks often adopt. The most important thing is that you are physically comfortable, wearing non-restrictive clothing in clean and quiet surroundings. Note however if you relax too much while laying down, you may end up falling asleep.

Some individuals who meditate prefer to use a mantra which holds religious or spiritual meaning while others recite a mantra to help induce a state of relaxation. This however is not necessary; closing your eyes and seeking an internal calm is equally as effective.

Individuals who use meditation, whether for spiritual or relaxation purposes, develop a greater spiritual or life awareness as well as a more improved outlook on life.

Blessings, Nicole x

Welcome to Goddess Journals

Welcome to Goddess Journals

Thanks for stopping by our brand new site – new look, new logo and new web address.

I’m blessed you’re here!

A quick update… many moons ago our site, Journals for Empowerment was hacked {this was because we had a very old website theme} and at the time, our energies {Tara and mine} had started to shift in different directions, so we left the site until the moon and sun aligned again, and the time was right to come back to sharing our journals with the world.

That time has come… and I’m on a mission to spread the word about our gorgeous {yes, I’m biased} journals.

Please take the time to explore our site and our journals – Journal for the Modern Goddess and Journal for the Pregnant Goddess.

Blessings, Nicole x