Whenever you plan for a trip, what you pack has a lot to do with where you're going. It's no different for a Self Care Adventure.
One thing I never leave out on my self care adventure is an ongoing awareness practice. All the tips, tools and practices that boost your self care will never be applied if you don't deeply attune to the essence of self care. And that, my lovelies, is something that can not be taught. It can only be experienced.
There are many, many, many awareness practices. . .
Mindfulness, Buddhist Meditation, Emotional Intelligence, The Wheel of Awareness, Sky of Awareness Practice, Gestalt Awareness Practice, UCLA's Mindful Awareness, Transcendental Meditation, The Self Realization Fellowship, Awareness of Thinking, Integral Awareness Practice, Kundalini Awareness Meditation, Situational Awareness, Body Awareness Practice, The Enneagram and Somatic Awareness Practice and oh so many more.
Clearly, awareness is something that many of us are seeking – to the tune of 248,000,000 results for a Google search on ‘awareness practice.' My awareness practice wasn't even mentioned on the first 5 pages of results, but it is one of the most powerful tools for self awareness.
My favorite awareness practice is writing.
3 Writing Practices That Increase Self Awareness.
I'm not downplaying the power of meditation and mindfulness. I practice those too, but for most people, it takes time to get results. Writing is an awareness tool that can deliver quick results, in even one writing session. Here are two of my favorite ways to utilize writing as an awareness practice:
- Free flow writing. This is stream of consciousness writing where you capture what you're thinking and try to keep up with the insane flow of thoughts. Once you start trying to write them down you realize how much is going on inside you. That is a huge realization. When you start getting a grip on what you're thinking insights occur at lightning speed.
- Guided Writing Exercises. I use a LOT in my coaching/teaching practice. There's nothing like a great question to spark a flurry of divine downloads.
- Writing Circle. This is by far my favorite writing technique. You gather in a circle and rotate facilitation of the writing prompts. You can pick quotes, your favorite writing passages or your own writing to read and the lead with a writing prompt. You time the writing sessions and then share your writing with the circle by reading out loud. You can abstain from the reading if you like. It's a sacred circle and magic happens within it.
You'll get to experience all 3 of these writing awareness practices during the Self Care Mastery Jumpstart. Be on the lookout for the event schedule and jot down the dates to experience the power of writing as an awareness practice.
In the meantime, here's an article that I wrote on 4 Ways That the Power of Handwriting in Your Journal Impacts Your Brain. I hope you take the dive and try out a writing practice during our time together. Why don't you try out
So, next thing to do is get yourself a journal for the Self Care Mastery Jumpstart. We'll be doing lots of writing and you'll have one place to capture it all. Happy writing!
The 30-Day Self Care Mastery Jumpstart weekday ‘energy shifts' begin Jan 4. Let's lay the groundwork to percolate and power up what's possible.