Sometimes journaling ,writing, and reflecting can feel like a chore, something we should do because it is good for us. While I know how helpful that process is for going inward and discovering our authentic selves, I also know that if this is a “should” that seems like more work, we will not stick with it. it has to be enjoyable, something we look forward to doing. My solution is to find a special spot you love to be in and bring your journal, laptop, or pad with you. You might only write for five or ten minutes while you are there, but it will be quality time where you can focus and connect with your wise inner self.
I suggest you think about where this might be for you. Keep your eyes open when you are walking around your neighborhood. Is there a park bench, a cozy coffeehouse, or a scenic overlook? It is a good idea to think about both an indoor spot, for when the weather is cold or wet and an outdoor spot where you can enjoy being outside. Try to visit your special spot once a week or so. Ask yourself a question you need to answer, such as what do I really want to do for work, where would I most want to live, or where can I friend more friends and kindred spirits? Whatever you need to decide or resolve will greatly benefit from jotting down your thoughts while you are in a place that feeds your spirit and feels good.
Just last week I realized that while I have an amazing special spot – the lawn in front of the lodge in Zion National Park – I wold like to find a second spot that is a bit closer to home I can visit by walking there. I decided to keep my eyes open and see what I could find. A few days later I was walking in the Red Cliffs Recreation Area across the street from my house. The BLM has recently done some improvements to the area, adding picnic tables and benches. The picture at the top is the table and benches I am going to use for my close-to-home special spot.
Do you have a special spot? If not, keep your eyes open and let me know what your discover?