I can’t believe there’s only one more week of the Wreck This Journal journey. This week’s wrecking revolved mostly around the theme of yoga. The fabulous Connie, who is also a yogini and artist, inspired me to dabble in producing my own little video this week. I call it “Wreck This Journal-asana.”
The yogic spiritual guidelines of the yamas and the niyamas showed up, too. I practiced the yamas Aparigraha (greedlessness) by giving away some of my pages to friends. I gave my “scrub this page” to Kate to include in her heartfelt brush + scrub adventures with her honey. I practiced Ahimsa (nonviolence) by being kinder and gentler to my book this week. And I practiced the niyama of Swadhyaya (self-study) by doing the inner critic and good thoughts pages.
The inner critic thoughts remind me of vrittis (which in Sanskrit means vortex or circular activity with no beginning and no end). In my yoga teacher training we learned about how these “mental modifications” color our perceptions.
I decorated my good thoughts page with lovely comments from my recent Creative Life interview on the amazing Susannah Conway‘s Ink on my fingers blog. The collage was my answer to Susannah’s juicy question, “What does happiness look like to you?” A perfect image to place on my good thoughts page.
I randomly picked a word from a page in the magazine for my “write one word over and over again page.”
Here are typical grocery lists from two of my favorite places to shop.
And finally, in the yogic practice of non-attachment, I dropped my journal into the mail today and left it in the hands of the postal service. Now that’s an exercise in letting go!