These things I know:
- Mindfulness improves the quality of your life.
- It’s easier to be mindful if you keep a journal.
I’ve been keeping a journal since I was twelve years old. I haven’t kept it consistently, but when I look back at the trajectory of my life, I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that in those times when I was keeping a journal, I was:
- more mindful,
- more grateful,
- more prepared for hardship,
- more centred and grounded,
- more present in my relationships, and
- more cognizant of how the world impacted me.
Here’s another couple of things I know:
- Writing regularly improves your creativity and problem-solving ability.
- According to Malcolm Gladwell, you have to put in 10,000 hours to become an expert at anything. This includes writing.
Even if writing is not your artistry of choice, journal-writing can enhance your creativity, especially if that writing is helping you to be more mindful of the world around you. If writing IS your artistry of choice (or you have to blog regularly to support your work), then writing in a journal is a vital way to put in those 10,000 hours.
Summer Lovin’ is a simple journal which will help you be more mindful of your world and your inner landscape throughout the summer. It will also help you stretch your creative writing muscles.
There are 60 simple journal prompts in Summer Lovin’. Each day, you’ll be encouraged to notice something – whether it’s the colour red, the sky, or something mysterious in the world around you – and then write about it. Some prompts are fanciful, some are simply about noticing details, some invite you to reach back into your past, some are about relationships, and some help you explore the world of your imagination.
In creating Summer Lovin’ I’ve drawn on many years of teaching writing and creativity workshops, coaching writers, and doing my own mindfulness journal writing. Some of these prompts have been used in my workshops, and many of them are new. Many of them were written while I sat on the grass under a big tree near the river – one of my favourite places to write and be mindful.
For only $10, you’ll receive 60 prompts to help be more mindful this summer.
OR you can do it in community, or with your family, or with your writing group or book club. The prompts are easy enough for a 10 year old to do. Why not sign your whole family up and make a commitment to mindfulness for the summer? Each morning, read the prompt for that day at breakfast, invite your family members to be mindful of what that day is inviting, find some time to write about it, and then discuss it over supper in the evening.
Are you ready for a more mindful summer?