Slow moving times and journal writing - by Lee-Anne Peters
Over the years I slip regularly into my own personal reflection time. I turn off my computer, switch my phone into flight mode and slip back from the hustle and bustle of my life. I liken this to the bear who retreats and hibernates during certain seasons. Usually when I get into this mode I will become sleepier and more slow moving.
Very early on, and from time to time if I am being too hard on myself I may be frustrated at myself for those ‘slow’ times. However I have learned that these ‘slow’ times are essential moments of healing, reflection and redirection. It’s in these moments of retreat that I receive the clarity I need to refocus or reconnect with who I am.
My retreat time always ‘looks’ different, as it is very much based on how I feel in those moments. Sometimes it may mean I run myself a hot Epsom Salt bath with a little Lavender and Coconut oil in it. This helps soothe, comfort and relax me. At other times my retreat time may mean turning off my computer for a weekend, or perhaps taking a drive in the country. Even though how my ‘slow’ time appears is different each time, there are certain similarities between them all. I will always have my personal and private journal handy to write down how I feel, what’s on my mind or anything else which feels important to me at the time.
Ever since I began my spiritual journey on a conscious level I have been journal writing. And for me personally it has been a healing constant I’ve needed. For me I like to clear my inner clutter, and my journal is just like a good friend’s listening ear. It will not judge, it will not even express an opinion - it is just for pure expression of my inner realm. Even on those crazy mornings when I awake with ideas rolling around in my mind at 3am - I will go straight for my journal and write them down. If I am having trouble sleeping because I have concerns on my mind, I will quickly pick up my journal and write everything down.
CHALLENGE - Reflect on how accepting or resisting you are of your slower moving, quiet, recovery times.
Lee-Anne Peters is an artist, self published author, speaker and founder of the award-winning Temple of Balance. Lee-Anne is passionate about helping others follow their own passions and to experience real balance in their life. She does this by being a practicing and living example of what she teaches, and encouraging others to discover what works for them. Lee-Anne resides in Tasmania, Australia with her husband and two children.
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