The Journal Writer’s Handbook was borne out of a desire to express the importance of developing our own independence of thought, and finding our purpose.
Reflective writing for me has always been a practice which has enabled me to develop both of these muscles.
And recently I’ve included a different practice in my day – a more spiritual one.
Since April 2018 I have committed to practicing kundalini yoga and meditation every single day. Initially I wanted to try and get into yoga for the sake of better physical and mental health, but the different styles of yoga I tried at first were missing something.
I got bored by the challenges of the physical postures, and while I really appreciated the mindfulness aspects the practice wasn’t really grabbing me.
So I allowed myself to drift again – telling myself that I’m just not one who can easily stick with routine, follow rules and be disciplined.
But as a writer who wanted to write more I knew this was not an attitude that was serving me.
I knew I needed a practice. I knew I needed to approach my life and experience with more commitment and discipline.
And as so often happens, as soon as this realisation came upon me, along came my teachers.
The Online Kundalini Yoga School popped up on my social media feed. The beautiful Tim and Marieke. Watching their videos I felt grounded, calmed, and in good, real company.
I began to learn about pranayama – breathing, asana – physical postures, mudra – hand positions, and mantra – repeating chants.
It made no sense to me on a rational level but deep within myself I felt compelled to follow and find out more. Every morning – except for a few I can count on the fingers of my two hands – I’ve been tuning in to a practice video and dedicating myself to a few minutes of meditation or physical exercise the kundalini way.
Seven months in I have achieved greater and greater clarity about my purpose, and greater ability to think independently.
But it has also given me a new appreciation about who I truly am, and what my physical, mental and spiritual strength really is.
It’s been extraordinary. So now, my reflective writing has a new spiritual edge – that of the True Me. There’s less ranting and whingeing and much more insight and depth.
It’s good to drop anchor each day into the depths of our true being. Combining a spiritual practice with reflective writing it’s good to ground ourselves in purpose, independence and truth.
Find Tim and Marieke at www.kundaliniyogaschool.org