Today’s post is republished with permission from Writing for Wellness Coach & Speaker Lynda Monk’s Museletter. Please be sure to read to the bottom for the Inner Wise Self Journaling Exercise and to find out more about Lynda. Thank you, Lynda!
“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence…”
~ Opening of Desiderata poem, Max Ehrmann
Today, I invite you to set the table for your inner truth…
Imagine, there is a bouquet of fresh picked lilies at the centre of the table, pour yourself something cold to drink. Please sit down for a moment and breathe it all in, this life you are living. Inhale. Exhale. You have set the table for your inner truth – inviting your deepest sense of clarity and calm into your awareness.
There are a thousand reasons to keep on going, a million reasons to ignore the longings in your heart – there are bills to pay, a long “to do list” might bury you before you even start your day. Or maybe you don’t even know what you want the day to bring, you’re too tired or busy to think about it. Perhaps you are so on fire right now, lit up, inspired – that you can’t sit still.
Wherever you are, however you are feeling, whatever is going on, you’re OK. Chances are, everything you need, you already have. Chances are, any solutions you desire live in the problem itself. Take some time to listen within. Stop for a bit. Unplug. Just sit. Or maybe you would rather walk. No TV, no texts or tweets. Facebook doesn’t need another updated post. You can get to this and that, go here there and everywhere, in a few minutes. For now, I invite you just to pause, to breathe and to come home inside of yourself. Ahhh…
Now that you are fully present, settled into this one moment…
Imagine pulling out a chair and invite your inner wise self to join you. Nourish her, cherish him.
Ask: “Inner wise self, what do you have for me in there?”
Write your inner wisdom down. Whatever ideas, feelings, answers, words or images that come, write them down. These are words of wisdom that can nourish your spirit, heal stress and bring you right where you need to be.
If your inner wise self is cranky, let her vent. If she is afraid, comfort her. If he is unsure, reassure him. If she is over the moon with excitement, dust off your wings and fly high with her. Meet your inner wise self where he or she is at. Sit in this truth with an open heart.
Be curious. Ask again, “Inner wise self, what do you have for me in there?” Listen some more. Write it all down, if you wish.
Let your wisdom in. Relax. Relaxed is an empowered state of being. So is clarity. What is clear to you in this moment? Write that down too.
Your inner life needs you, so your outer life can thrive.
Silence, stillness, solitude – are doorways into the dwelling of your inner wise self. Knock on this door as often as you can. As we become more still and quiet, we can hear more deeply. We are offered what we need. Set the table, open the door. Invite your true self in.
“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.”
~ Galileo Galilel
Inner Wise Self Journaling Exercise
If you are ever looking for a quick way to access greater clarity through tapping into your inner wisdom (intuition), try this simple journaling prompt:
Inner Wise Self, what do you have for me in there?
Example from the pages of my journal…
When you saw the deer in the garden today, she wanted you to stay awhile. She did not get up when you walked towards her. Instead, she remained laying in the grass, seemingly not afraid, while looking you in the eye. You could have almost touched her, she stayed that close. As things close in around you, don’t be afraid. Have full faith. You are creating from an infinite source. You are in choice. Let things draw near. Support is everywhere, beyond what your eyes can see.
Writing for Wellness Coach & Speaker
Lynda Monk, MSW, RSW, CPCC inspires and coaches heart-centered people who make a difference to use expressive writing and journaling for self-care, self-discovery, optimal health and renewal. She is the author of Life Source Writing™: A Reflective Journaling Practice. Learn more about Creative Wellness – where writing + well-being meet.