Journaling Through Uncertain Times

journaling through uncertain times 

Throughout history, we’ve taken to pen and paper during periods of intense and uncertain global and personal events. Whether you're a seasoned diary keeper or are looking to carve out space to record your thoughts, join us in a 4-week journal keeping challenge equipped with weekly prompts, quotes, and inspiration on starting and keeping a journal.

Week Two: Remembering 'I Am'

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.” Sylvia Plath.
Sylvia spent a lot of her writing and journal keeping investigating who she was in the world so for Week Two, the prompt is ‘Remembering I Am’ These uncertain times have been confronting in terms of our personal autonomy; we aren’t able to do the things with the freedom we’re used to. Who are we when our autonomy is challenged?
Take 5-15 minutes (or around 3 pages) to write a list or paragraphs of Who You Are. Here are some examples: I am a person generous with my kindness. I am a baker. I am curious about different types of clouds. I am reckoning with my grief. I am an auntie to incredible kids. I am scared. I am excited. Feel free to keep these short or expand on what it means to be these things. This is about remembering your unique self, always living within you even during unprecedented times.

New prompts each Wednesday until 3 June.

Week One: ‘Discovering Ritual’

Margaret Atwood said, “Take me to your trees. Take me to your breakfasts, your sunsets, your bad dreams, your shoes, your nouns."
To keep a journal is an act of ritual. Carving out space and time to take to the page is quite like having a tea, we might begin or end our day with this significant gesture.
Consider for yourself what small ceremonies you are able to practice in these uncertain times. Are you having breakfast each day outside, what’s that like? Are you leaving the bed unmade, how does that feel? Are you noticing the same neighbours on your daily walk, do you smile or shy-away?
Write for 5-15 minutes (or about 3 pages) about the mundane magic you’re discovering during these uncertain days.

Keywords: new routines, magic in the dull moments, observance, daily practice.

At the end of the day, this journaling practice is for you. It's self-paced meaning no deadlines, no submissions, no sharing, this is about you! If you're itching to get your writing into the world, consider joining us at the bi-monthly Write-In, seminar edition and/or editing edition. Whatever you decide, this journaling practice is for you to engage with your inner emotional world. Consider it a time capsule for your future self.