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© 2016 created by Suzzanne  

 

The act of putting pen to paper or at least pondering your thoughts can reveal beautiful, deep motions of life not seen from the surface. A stunning bioluminescence of the soul revealed only by daring to dive into its abyss.

What is courage journaling?

Courage journaling provides a safehaven to explore and take risk with your inner most thoughts. If you choose to be fearless and authentic, putting thought to paper can be a liberating and creative discovery of self. Although journaling is widely known as a recording of history, this journaling exercise is about exploration.

My personal experience...

 

I've always been a seeker. A person not satisfied to live above the surface.  In my early 20's I set out on a quest to know myself more deeply.  I engaged in a year-long journaling exercise in which I posed questions that caused me to examine life more intimately. 

 

​Looking back now I can see that it was a defining instrument in helping me to discover and commit to who I wanted to be and how I would live my life. Even to this day, journaling remains a source of exploration and a pathway to peace for me. Especially, during the storms. 

I have lead the exercise of courage journaling with youth groups and women's groups many times. The experience is always powerful.

 

Where to begin....

There are many beautiful journals out there. Find one that speaks to you and speak back. If you prefer the computer, go for it! If life is a bit chaotic, you may choose to simply ponder the question in your thoughts.

 

You can do the full 30-day experience or simply peruse the prompts and select one that speaks to you. Each prompt poses a question, from there you might experience a story - mine or others - that have been shared in years past. At times I just share a few thoughts and at other times I share resources. 

However you choose to embark, is the right way! 

As I walked through the cemetery grounds surrounding the beautiful historic structure, I was taken back by the century old headstones washed smooth by the elements of time. Names, dates, last words...disappeared, like a whisper in the woods...

I leaned over the row of candy allowing my poncho to hover over the Big Hunk candy bars. Like scaling piano keys, my right hand walked over Snickers and Milky Ways on the shelf above as my left hand carefully slid a Big Hunk into the hole I had made in the lining of my coat. Ingenious, I thought to myself…for a third grader, you’re awfully crafty!...

We all get lost at times and become selfish, self centered, and unaware of life outside of ourselves. We can grow consumed with money, image and self-fulfillment and we gauge our worth in status, material possessions, and how we present to the world....

I love to look back at my life to see where I've been and what I've learned. It sometimes shocks me that I've missed profound hints and made ridiculous mistakes! But, I'm wiser now and when I look back in five, ten, and twenty years, I'll be wiser still!

It is part of our human nature to make a hypothesis about someone or a situation. From there our brain searches for information to verify our hypothesis”. And...

I know that God intervenes on my behalf more than I realize. I need to pay better attention to His messages...

I love rocks. I know it seems silly - I'm okay with that!

My strength does not mean that I do not hurt, do no cry, do not fear....

Two lives intertwined for 25 years is almost impossible to untangle, but to stay knotted would be to lose myself forever...

She had long auburn piggy-tails; a reflection of her tender age. Her build was more than slight and her skin as ivory as the soap itself. One might see her as frail...

...they cannot be accomplishments of others such as, "my son received a full-ride scholarship to Harvard". They must be things you have accomplished or done.

At times, it can seem impossible to forgive those who hurt us, especially the deliberate acts of people we once trusted and loved

Who do you need to forgive? From whom do you need to ask forgiveness?

"You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day".

 

                                                                    ~ Light Between Oceans

If we live life with some sort of awareness, we understand that gnawing feeling that makes you wonder if you're on the right path. I am no different. 

Rarely does a day go by that I am not touched by an act of humanity that deepens my faith and the belief that man is good...

When was the last time you asked someone for help?

It is natural for women to extend care or help to others in times of need...

Who is one person that you admire for how they lived their life? Why?

My mother… but, sadly it took her death for me to look fully at her life. 

Two things come to mind at this moment....

It was promised to be a beautiful summer day and I was excited about taking a hike in the early afternoon....

We all need adventure, that little adrenaline rush that makes your heart palpitate and the smile on your face expand from ear to ear...

She explained that we each carry a gift or perhaps many gifts buried inside of us that will help us to do God's work upon the earth...

These are the moments that taught you who you are and what you are made of. These are the moments that....

She was delightful, my firecracker daughter with daring spirit. She was never popular, she struggled to find her way, and I would by lying if I....

If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or the body of a 30 year old for the last 60 years, which would you choose?

One of those questions that are impossible to answer, but so intriguing!

What is a promise that you have hidden or something that meant a lot to you at another time in your life? Could you....

How amazing would it be to wake up one morning without fear?  To know ...

We all have these: habits that have formed over the years, baggage we carry around promising...

What our culture fails to tell us is that it is not the things we own that make us feel alive. They may spark moments of happiness, but that is rarely lasting. And so...

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