As an artist of your life, what will you paint on your blank canvas? In order to authentically paint your life canvas, you need to listen to yourself. How will you listen deeply to yourself? JOURNAL!
"Keep a notebook. Travel with it.
Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up into your brain."
"Journaling is like whispering to one's self and listening at the same time."
"What a comfort is this journal. I tell myself to myself
and throw the burden on my book and feel relief."
Your Butterfly Journal combines writing and visual art expression that you make on a daily basis. The purpose of your journal is to express feelings and thoughts; strengthen self-esteem and creative power; deal with negative patterns and creative blocks; and inspire visions of who you are becoming.
Working in your journal can help you better understand yourself and can become a powerful daily practice to connect with your inner self. You will need some art tools for writing, drawing and working with magazine images. A pen and a few color marker or colored pencils can be sufficient, and possibly a glue stick and scissors if you chose to add collage elements to your journal.
The actual journal should be a fresh new one that you purchase for the purpose of your own metamorphosis as you go through this book. A blank journal is better than a lined one, however, if you choose a lined one, you can glue blank paper over the lined areas for your drawings.
From Page 36-37 of Cocoon to Butterfly, Creative Midlife Change for the Busy Person
Would love to hear your comments on journaling-have you found it transformative in your life?
About the Author
Dr. Lisa Longworth has counseled thousands of clients and studied numerous spiritual traditions for the last 40 years. A professional artist since 1975, her paintings have traveled the world with her lectures and workshops. Her book, Cocoon to Butterfly, Creative Midlife Change for the Busy Person, second edition, will be available in the fall of 2019.