“Knowledge of what you love somehow comes to you;”–Jessamyn West
We don’t have to talk ourselves into what we love, but sometimes we have to give ourselves some space, time, or exposure to discover it. Read the following words slowly and notice when you feel lighter or have an increase in energy. (Notice if your energy decreases too.) Remember or make note of the words that give you a positive feeling.
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Make an illustrated discovery journal. This tool comes from Sarah Ban Breathnach, in Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy. Gather scissors, stick glue, a bunch of magazines, and a thick piece of paper, art paper, cardboard, an artist’s sketchbook, or poster board. Look through the magazines and cut out any pictures that immediately draw you, that you love. Paste them onto the bigger paper. Don’t edit. Don’t talk yourself into or out of anything. Paste them on any way you want or just glue them willy-nilly.
What patterns emerge? What are you drawn to again and again? What is your heart trying to tell you?
Once you start to have an idea about what you want, you can write comments here about your process or discoveries, or go to the Obstacles page to look at what keeps you from heading toward it.
Think these are good ideas, but after a week, you still haven’t gathered materials or set aside time to make room for letting your wants emerge? Read: When Misery is Company.
Or have you been so involved with social media, texting, roaming the internet, or playing games that you haven’t gotten around to paying attention to what you want? Order Boundaries in an Overconnected World right now.