There is no right or wrong, only a series of possibilities that shift
with each thought, feeling and action that you experience.
~ Deepak Chopra
At the end of last year (2015), I fell behind in finishing my 2015 artful journal, and for some reason (which I probably should explore) I felt the pressure to complete it before I started 2016. I fell behind at some point during the year and though I kept the journaling up to date, and worked on the collages every week, I still fell behind. So, I asked myself:
Should I change the format for 2016?
Would a different format give me a differenct experience?
Can I be more efficient and still be creative?
I love this process so much and really don’t want there to be pressure (self-imposed or not) related to it. The idea behind Mindful Collage is to create a process where creativity, self-discovery, and healing (not stress) is nurtured.
In 2015 I used a weekly calendar for my Journal.
I like that it has two pages for each week, that there’s a weekly structure (7 days, and they’re dated for me), and I like that it has the 2-page monthly calendar before each month (more pages that I can collage). However, maybe I don’t have to use a calendar. Using a journal with lined pages that are broken out into months (but not days) would allow me to write when I want, without the pressure of feeling I have to write every day. This is a much less structured approach to writing than what I did last year…hmmmmm.
I got to thinking about why I was drawn to a calendar instead of a lined (or blank) journal. And it came to me that I really like to write every day, and I like the nudge that a dated calendar provides. Writing every day has definite benefits:
- It keeps me focused in the present
- It gives me some time to myself, and allows me to quiet my mind and write mindfully
- It provides perspective about all kinds of things in my life
- It’s a way for me to keep learning about myself
- It’s a great stress reliever
After all this I’ve decided to keep my calendar as my journal for 2016, and let the rest come naturally…