Journaling Prompts

Messages Lately- Journal Prompt

Hey Inspiring Soul!

With life so often noisy, busy and distracting… It’s easy not to hear or see what messages are showing up in our own lives.

This week I invite you to spend a little time with your journal and slow down to listen and to see.

Ask yourself..

What messages are showing up in my life lately? (this might be in the form of music, symbols, cravings, words, pain, joy etc… ) 

Here is to living with Intention

Heather

Mindful Moment Monday..

Keeps coming up… Mindful Moment Monday

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Hey Inspiring Souls!

I am a big believer of life having messages for us. These messages show up in all sorts of ways.

One of the ways I believe that they show up is through words and phrases. I think that we often have a word, phrase etc. show up over and over and don’t always make the connection. So we don’t slow down or lean in to really listen to it.

So this week I encourage you to do just that slow down, lean in and listen to a word, words or phrase that has been showing up over and over or does this week.

What might that message be?

Here is to living Inspired, Creative and Empowered

Heather

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Attention- Journal Prompt

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Hey Inspiring Souls!

Life is full and it’s often “easy” to just go through the motions and not stop and check in with ourselves. Here is a simple prompt to respond to in your journal or your head..

What needs my attention right now,  today, this week?

(choose the one(s) that feel right)

Here is to living Inspired, Creative and Empowered

Heather Shafer

Creative, Empowered, Holistic Living, Living with Purpose

10 Ways to listen to your life..

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Hey Beautiful Souls!

It’s all too easy to feel like life is happening to us

Life is surrounding us with messages, with clues, whispers, 2×4’s and all sorts of other ways in order to try and get its message through to us. We become so focused on what we think things should look like that we often miss what they could or do look like. We are all “guilty” of this.

We can’t of course tune into every single sound, scent, message etc. That would be totally overwhelming and sensory overload for sure! What we can do is start to notice these messages a bit more day by day.

This is a reminder for me as well, I can try and put those things on mute for a while but they are not going to leave me alone until I listen one way or another!

Here are 10 ways to listen to your life

1.       Journal or just notice what I am hearing, seeing, smelling, feeling? This sounds like a lengthier process than it has to be it can take you 1 minute or 10 minutes. It all depends how detailed and deep into it you want to get.

2.       What word phrase keeps coming up for you (you may hear yourself saying gosh that’s the third time I have heard that song, about that class, idea, word, quote etc) That is a message. Jot those things down, at least notice where these might be coming up. Sometimes the message is really clear once we are open to it, other times it takes a bit of marinating or reflection to get it!

3.       What’s inspiring you these days? These are messages. Capture it with a camera (camera phone totally counts), a few words (or a lot of words) with bits of paper and articles from magazines torn out and put into an inspiration journal (Pinterest is the sort of digital idea of this I am a super fan of both !) you will start to notice themes or things you drawn to. Some literal some not so much.

4.       Close your eyes, take a deep breath and do a body check in, what are you feeling? Where are you tense. What messages might your body be giving you **

5.       Notice your reactions to things. From things you get excited about to passionate about (mad and happy), notice if you have an emotional reaction to a song or piece of writing. I have had what feels like an “out of nowhere” reaction to a song where I just start to cry. Often it’s because there is a message I relate to or needed to hear.

6.       What do you find yourself craving? Like really craving maybe it’s certain type of food, spaciousness, connection, real soul nourishing comfort (not the numbing kind), movement this craving is also a message to you! ( call these Soul notes too, those things that are tugging at me, not sure why but I just jot it down)

7.       Journal about what you are feeling, wanting ,doing, avoiding, whatever it doesn’t matter what you write at this point just that you write! Stuff will very often bubble to the surface-things you didn’t know you were upset or stressed about, desires etc. A prompt I love to use when I can feel myself getting very surface with my journling but knowing I want more is to use the word “Truth” and go from there.

8.       Look at your health, what is going on with your health? How are you feeling? So often our internal disconnect turns into/shows up as body dis-ease. I know for me when I am really out of alignment it shows up in my gut area in various ways. Our bodies are strong but they are also powerful truth tellers if we would only listen (this is one I have to really remind myself to go back to often)

9.       Look at your surroundings. The chaos and all! What might it be telling you? That you have taken on too much, put off stuff because it was uncomfortable, settled, bought too much in the name of wanting to find your style, purpose, right life?! Our external chaos is often a reflection of the internal. At least I know that is totally (and annoyingly!) true for my life. I can tell when I have been sort of checked out (going through the motions but not really present) as it’s clear in the way that I look, the way our apartment looks etc.

10.   What do you lose track time doing? Not the type where you are so zoned out bored that you have no concept of time because each minute feels like an hour so you stop looking at the clock (not that I am speaking from experience or anything!)But the type of losing track of time because you are so in the zone of what you are doing, loving it.  This is your life (or in my opinion Soul) giving you clear message to say it wants more of that!

In other words, Notice, Question, Listen and when appropriate do!

Here is to living Inspired, Creative and Empowered

Heather

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5 ways to show up for yourself

Hey Inspiring Souls!

The phrase “showing up for myself” has well shown up for me a lot recently. I notice myself resisting what I really want to do, what I crave. I am working on not doing this and pushing myself (at times) to show up for myself in the following areas..

Here are 5 ways you can show up for yourself!

1-Get your body in motion, yoga, dance walking whatever is nourishing or fun for you. Often when we know we will feel good and will be happy we did is the time we have to talk ourselves into it the most! At least that has been true for me!

2-Make room in your schedule for yourself, it’s so important to do this even if you don’t feel like you can schedule in more than 15 minutes it’s a start, it’s something.

3-Take time to go within, listen to the messages of your life, grab your journal and capture what is on your heart, this is one of the most important ways you can show up for yourself. Our lives are whispering to us all the time (then they get loud and obnoxious if we ignore them long enough!)

4-Show up for yourself in the way of expressing your creativity, whatever that is for you. Take time to capture photos , explore words, visual journal, knit, make a great meal, plant something (and a zillion other ideas!)

5-Show up for your dreams, you know that list of things you would love to do, learn, create and explore allow yourself to show up for yourself and start taking action on them or at the very least writing them down and owning them! (see #3)

Here is to living Inspired, Creative and Empowered

Heather

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Life and it’s messages..

Hey Wonderful Souls!

I have written about how our life’s always telling us something. If we can slow down and tune in long enough to listen.

This very subject could probably be a whole blog subject itself! But today I just want to explore it a bit more.

The thing is, sometimes the messages are really clear once we slow long enough to listen. Other times it’s like a cryptic message that only we can decipher through listening, patience and some soul TLC. Maybe we just need to notice and not decipher right away (something that for many of us is really hard, we want the clarity like yesterday!)

I am still working on some messages in my life right now, but there are a few that have come to light and some that are seemingly easy and simple to listen and act upon.

One, well two really of mine being that I needed to drink more water and I needed to get back into a regular exercise routine. For me this message showed up in not feeling so great physically, really bad headaches, tummy aches, and in general a lack of energy.

Another way a message showed up for me is one I am actually still sorting through, but it was that I need to blog on a more authentic level. Don’t get me wrong, when I share on here it’s true to what i like, when I share links or images or journal prompts etc.. But there is a  part of me that wants to express myself and share on a more soul, authentic level. I have held that back for fear of well I guess rejection to spend the time pouring my self out to have it echo so to speak as I am there all by myself, or to have people challenge me on it.  So with this post and some others that I am sharing and will share I hope to keep listening to this message and becoming more clear on it.

Life’s messages show up in all sorts of ways, I have shared a few with you, but maybe yours comes in the form an emotional reaction to a song, email, quote or another type of message. Possibly it comes in the form of physical disease, sickness or just physical unrest in some way.

However it shows up, do your self a favor and slow down, get quite and listen.. You will know when it’s time to act upon that message.. Be gentle with yourself where you need to be and give yourself a kick in the pants where you need to..

Here is to listening to life and it’s messages and Living Inspired, Creative , Empowered

Heather