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writing monday: make a space to revel in your now

February 3, 2020. Parallel Cafe, Minneapolis, MN
Happy Monday ! I want to meet you here, at the beginning of your week, to offer journaling ideas to inspire reflection, power, and soul in your work and life through the art of longhand writing.

Today, I am late to the page, slow start to the week. What I really wanted to do when I arrived at my desk this morning (today Parallel Cafe in Minneapolis) was sit down and get to work. I am near the end of the first draft of my third book, which I’ve been working on for about two years. I am so close, I want to dispense with the formalities and sprint to the finish. The thing is, as I am writing this book, Life is going on around me. And because there is no such thing as a dress rehearsal, I need to live it with intention. I need to slow my roll and reflect on what is going on around and inside of me. If I am only focusing on what I want to achieve in the future, I will miss the riches and lessons of right now. 

If you want to cultivate a writing practice, may I suggest, before you open your computer, pour yourself a warm cup of coffee or tea and put your phone on mute and out of sight for five minutes. Open your journal to the next blank page and write the date and where your are in this moment. This is the very beginning of centering yourself in the now. Write the words, “Right now…” then step aside and let your thoughts flow through your pen and onto the page. Write continuously and without judgment. Honor the thoughts coming from the wellspring of your soul. For a moment each day, make a space to revel in your now.


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