It's been a minute since I shared a @yung_pueblo quote so here it is landing on your feed this Monday morning. 😉
I've talked a lot about my daily routine and the practices I like to implement to keep me mentally, emotionally, and physically balanced. But that routine and those practices are always evolving as I evolve and change. And over time, I've learned just how important it is to meet yourself, like you would meet others, where you're at with compassion, trust, and the right kind of support.
That being said, 6 months ago I was dedicated to my morning journaling. I started every day with a practice I coined 'Morning Purges' after Morning Pages from the book, The Artist's Way, gained popularity. The idea was to immediately sit up in bed at first waking, grab the notebook and pen, and free write for a few minutes on whatever was coming up. It was a great way to tap into my subconscious mind in that transitional space between sleep and reality. And at the time, I had a lot that needed to be cleared. I also made some huge discoveries about my own healing and direction during that practice.
With those discoveries, I was able to create a new clearer vision for my future. It may not be the whole picture (I don't think it ever is) but I can confidently say I now have more information and forward momentum. The interesting part is, my journaling practice naturally evolved with that clarity and instead of solely serving as a release for my chaotic mind, I began to end each entry with a new dialogue. I started praising myself.
My words turned from "I" to "You" and I began talking to myself like I was a good friend on the other side of the line. If I wrote about my fears, I'd remind myself why they are just that - only fears - and that I had the competence and courage to conquer them. If I wrote about my insecurities and shortcomings, I would remind myself who I was and how far I've come. And lately, when the doubts creep in, I remind myself how much I can affect change in the world if I just have the strength to silence that critic, hold steady (and patient), and allow myself to bloom. With that I’d like to coin a new term instead; ‘Morning Praises’.
Life by Design was born out of a need for my own self-healing after decades of unresolved illness. It wasn’t until finding the courage to look within that I discovered it was my own belief system holding me back from experiencing a truly thriving life. We all have access to that thriving life. We just need to rediscover our power and ignite the healing-self. Only then can we unapologetically live a life by our own design.