"A journal can help one cultivate the ability to live in the present, to become deeply aware and appreciative of life. A journal records the movement of one’s inner experience. The more mindful the writer becomes, the more likely it is that he will capture the essence of each day." ~ Journaling, ContemplativeMind.org
As part of your hygge ritual, during this step, you take note of any guidance that has come your way, and you make sure to write something down so you don't forget it.
Hygge practices offer an opportunity to relax deeply and slow down your experience so that you're likely to be more open to the wisdom that comes your way. This step creates space for that to happen and places your journal nearby so you can capture it when it comes.
But if you are seeking guidance during your hygge ritual, and nothing seems to be coming to you, there are ways to prime the pump, so to speak. The exercise below is one of them...
Journaling Exercise for Intuitive Guidance
Free writing: "It is a method of inner inquiry: you never know what you will learn until you start writing; then you discover truths that you did not know existed." ~ same source
Do you have a question or concern on your mind or heart today? This exercise may help
If you have been reading along this week, you know that this intuitive guidance exercise would take place within a hygge ritual. And the first few steps would create a familiar container of comfort and safety, so that by the time you get to the wisdom portion of this ritual, you're relaxed, and things are cozy.
To review, start by going to the most comfortable place in your home. Take your journal, and a cup or glass of tea with you and light your favorite candle.
Get cozy in all the ways that you love. Spend a few minutes imagining your wishes coming true, meditating/daydreaming about whatever is most on your mind at the moment.
Then, hold in your mind for a moment, whatever it is that you're wanting guidance about and then, start the writing exercise. Write for 5 minutes or so without lifting your pen from the paper.
If you get stuck, just write "I have no idea what to write right now," etc. But keep writing and you are likely to surprise yourself with the wisdom and insight that shows up on those pages.
Tomorrow, step five. See you then!
Hi, I'm Jeanine
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