The real questions are the ones that obtrude upon your consciousness whether you like it or not, the ones that make your mind start vibrating like a jackhammer, the ones that make your “come to terms with” only to discover they are still there. The real questions refused to be placated. They barge into your life at the times when it seems most important for them to stay away. They are the questions asked most frequently and answered most inadequately, the ones that reveal their true natures slowly, reluctantly, most often against your will
– Ingrid Bengis, Combat in the Erogenous Zone
For the longest time, I have kept journals, not an everyday, “Boswell” kind of one. But a more “I am here when you are” kind of one.
Writing is a way of sorting what’s in my mind, bridging my inner and outer worlds. It is in these pages that I find contemplation and solitude that life demands.
Here my yearnings become apparent and are made flesh. Or pages become wastelands of broken dreams and heartaches, burnished by emotions sometimes too painful to be spoken aloud.
Within its pages, a journal holds the seeds for new beginnings and the small deaths of the old. It’s an invitation to write my way out of the box where my authentic voice resides.
I can start a page with the real questions, knowing that it is only me here. No approval is needed, only eyes to see, and heart to hear what stirs within me.
My invitation to you …
Journaling is about asking the questions that deepen us, taking a risk on the page. Being willing to be visible, to ourselves. You are NOT required to be a “writer”, just a willing traveller to wherever your thoughts and words will take you while leaving your critic on the side of the road as you journey.
Come and join me. I have no expectations of where we travel, or how. This is for you to decide alone …
What to Expect
There are some prompts below. An offering for the journey to go within, alongside some suggested contemplations, journaling exercises and inspirations from other sources.
Some choices for you to make;
- will you write by hand?
- on loose pages or notebook?
- pen or pencil?
- are you going to type?
- will you use images, pastels, cut out images from magazines?
- if you use a bound journal/notebook, find one that lies flat.
Here’s where you can begin if you like.
Write a one-page biography, of yourself as you are right now …
I look forward to sharing the journey together.