To participate, get a journal or notebook, and find a comfortable, welcoming writing spot that makes you feel at ease and offers you privacy.
- Each day, sit with your journal and do a body scan. Notice what parts of your experience bring you information. Is it the physical, emotional, mental or spiritual element that talks to you today? Give voice to sensations, feelings, and physical discomfort. Write as much or as little as you like.
- If you feel inspired, you can write a poem, draw a picture, make a collage, or answer the question in some other creative way. Put your phone on silent, and make sure you can write for a while without interruption. If you are having trouble transitioning to a feeling of reflective calm, use the Long Deep Breath. This practice is designed to bring you to a place of whole-person awareness.In my work, I focus on all four elements of a person: body, mind, heart, and spirit. As I have written about often, a disruption in one element soon impacts the others. For example, an anxious mind leads to tense muscles, negative emotions, and a spiritual feeling of weariness.When we have a conscious understanding of what we are experiencing in these various systems we can meet our lives with a different kind of grace and elegance.
By purposely checking in with the four elements of your whole self, your experiences will become richer, and you will feel a deeper connection to yourself and the world around you.