We are everything we Eat, Drink and Think. We are also energy, always moving and changing. There is a place where these two concepts intersect that is hopefully called “health and wellness.” Unfortunately, too many times this is not the case! The good news is that what I see repeatedly, not only with my clients, but in my own life as well is that when I take proactive control of that intersection, I feel and function better.
How do we make it through this intersection of health and wellness?
Let’s look at the 2 roads that make up the intersection…
Road 1…We are EVERYTHING we eat, drink and think. What is one of the fastest, most effective ways to get clear about what we’re eating and drinking? Make a note of it, or journal it. Through the Power of the Pen, we get clear VERY quickly about how to tweak or make changes to what we’re eating and drinking to better support us.
Journaling is also a great way to get really clear about what we’re thinking and feeling! Thoughts and feelings become actions or lack thereof. In other words, thoughts and feelings become the catalysts for what we manifest or create. If I want to live in a body that is fully focused on healing, I must manifest and create a positive, edifying environment in that body the majority of the time. It doesn’t mean I have to be perfect…I can let that one go…let me say THAT again, ”let go of perfect!” I can strive for excellence, doing the best I possibly can.
So how does journaling specifically help with that?
GREAT question! Let me share a little “Living By Design” journal concept with you to illustrate that. When we journal, we actually do so to either capture something we do not want to forget, or we can journal to dump, purge or cleanse ourselves (and our bodies) of something we want to release or let go of! Let me say it again this way…when you journal, you are either capturing something or releasing something…and to have it be most effective, you must set your intention ahead of time for which of those outcomes you want. Now let’s push the pause button for just a moment and consider road #2 of our intersection…
Road #2 …is We are Energy. Every cell in our body is moving and has an energetic resonance or radio frequency. Our cells make up our organs, so when we pull back that visual lens and look at our organs, we realize that every organ…in fact, every part of us has its own radio frequency as well. In addition, words have energy too…and what are our thoughts made up of…words in our heads!
As these words and thoughts become feelings, they carry even more energy. Of course, that energy can have either a positive or a negative charge. What we think, we become or as we said earlier, we are everything we Eat Drink and THINK! Here’s the caveat – think negative, become negative and more riddled with dis-ease. Think positive, become positive and less riddled with dis-ease as healing occurs.
How long and how much do I write?
To put it in our driving through the intersection analogy, how much gas is it gonna take to get through the intersection? The answer is very simple, although not always popular or honored…here it is… You write until there is no longer any unedifying energy left “around it!” …meaning you write until there is “nothing left to write, nothing left to say or to think that does not serve and support” or until you are (what we at Living By Design call) “complete!” Take a moment and ponder that point and let it land.
Now before you begin thinking “there are not enough hours in the day to get all that writing done”…here is more good news. It does NOT have to happen overnight! WHEW! …and it really does have to happen consistently until complete. Here is a way to think about it…
If you decide to make improvement to your car, sticking with our analogy…that doesn’t happen all at once either. If you decide to start working out and tone and firm your body or loss a weight…that doesn’t happen all at once. It will take some time and the BEST news of all is that every effort counts. EVERY WORD counts. EVERY TIME you journal and purge it counts, it serves, it heals…if that’s your intention. The last thing I want to say about this journaling process before we review and summarize is this… “KEEP that which is CAPTURED, DUMP that which is to be RELEASED”…in other words …TAKE OUT THE TRASH!!! We wouldn’t dare think of gathering our trash in a pile and just leaving it in our house…NO WAY… “your body is your house…it is the home for your Soul, your Soul House!” I invite you to check in and see if there is trash to be taken out…and DUMP IT!”
How do we dump it?
What that means literally is this…once written, shred it, flush it, or burn it if possible! If using a computer instead of a pen, delete it! Bottom line…make it go away…have it dissipate, as opposed to any form of holding on to it! Again, it’s all energy…and there is something very powerful about having that which does not serve and support you… leave you and your space totally and fully!
What is happening in the body when we journal that can support the healing process?
Acidic toxins created in the body from unhappy or unedifying thoughts can be neutralized through journaling. Here’s a thought…Journaling is “the thinker’s ant-acid” or as some say the worriers ant-acid.
1) When you journal, you are either capturing or releasing…
2) For Journaling to be most effective, set your intention for a capturing or releasing outcome
3) If it’s to capture, KEEP IT! If it’s to dump, honor the energy of YOUR body and TAKE OUT THE TRASH!
Author, Lynn Hargis