About Barbara Banks

Whole Heart Life Life and Business Coach, Trainer and Speaker

Journal Circle

Journal Circle
You’re invited to a special 6 week Journal Circle via live Zoom for Focus, Creativity, and Connection!

This is being offered through Full Circle Yoga Studio in Longmont, CO. Since it is via Zoom, you can join in from anywhere.

Sessions are available at two times:
Sunday Evenings at 7PM MT (9PM EST)
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Monday Mornings at 7:30AM MT (9:30AM EST)

All the info is below and how to register. It is only $40 for 6 one hour sessions. If you have questions, contact Barbara at BBanks@wholeheartlife.com

Journal Circle via Zoom
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Sunday evenings at 7PM Mountain Time
Dates: September 20, 27 October 4, 11, 18, 25
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Monday Mornings at 7:30AM Mountain Time
Dates: September 21, 28 October 5, 12, 19, 26
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Connect. Share. Focus. Create!
• Are your weeks blurring into one another?
• Do you find it hard to focus?
• Do you feel like goals and dreams have been put on hold?
• Would you like to tap into your creative spirit which can make this less social and anxiety ridden time more joy-filled?
• Are you missing connection and community?
Come join Life Coach and Yoga Teacher, Barbara Banks, for this 6 week Journal Circle.
Journal Circle will meet one time a week for an hour via live zoom.
We will journal, use specific journaling tools to gain weekly and daily focus, engage in activities to enhance our creative spirit, and create a safe community for sharing and connecting.
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Pre-Registration is highly encouraged as, one, you’ll save money, and, two, you will need handouts before the first Circle.
Registration: $40
https://www.full-circle-yoga.com/upcoming-events
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What you’ll need and not need:
• A notebook size 3 ring binder OR a Disc letter size notebook. (I will send info on Disc notebooks upon registering. Disc systems can be found at Staples and online via Amazon. Contact Barbara if you’d like to know why she prefers Disc systems for journals.)
• You will receive two types of journal pages via email that you will need to print, punch, and store in a binder/notebook.
• Notebook paper for journaling (3 hole punched or Disc punched paper).
• Optional: Treat yourself to colored pencils or pens (gel or non-blead through) as creativity on your Daily Pages will be encouraged.
• No journaling or art experience necessary.
• Ability to be seen and heard via zoom.

Exercise 5: BE the Light

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Exercise 5 of blog series “BE” is BE the Light.

This is another phrase heard quite often.  I’ve heard it at church, yoga, and social media.

I’ve also seen it as “BE the LITE.”   Is there a difference?

What are your thoughts?


Take time in the next couple weeks to answer these questions in your journal to gain insight into your own thoughts and self.

  1. What does LIGHT mean?  (Feel free to get out the dictionary.)   What about LITE?
  2. If you were BEING the Light/Lite, what would you be doing?  How would another know you were BEING the Light/Lite?
  3. What makes this important…to BE the Light?
  4. Is it a spiritual thing to you?  And if so, in what way?  If it is not a spiritual thing to you, what does it mean to you to BE the Light?
  5. Have you ever met anyone who was BEING the Light/Lite?  What made you think or know this?
  6. What activities do you think would increase BEING the Light?  What activities do you do currently that help you BE the Light?
  7. Is there any activity you’d like to start or increase because it helps you in BEING the Light?

Feel free to share a response to one of the questions above in the comments.

Cheering You on to a Whole Light Heart,

Barbara

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Exercise 4: BE Still

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Exercise 4 of this year’s blog series: BE

Psalm 46:10 (NKJV) says:

Be still, and know that I am God…

I love the directive from God to BE STILL.


Get out your journal and contemplate these questions:

  1. What does it mean to you to BE STILL?  Does it mean to STILL your body or your mind or both?
  2. What would it look like for your body to BE STILL?
  3. What would it look like if your mind was STILL?
  4. What activities do you do to STILL your MIND; to STILL your BODY?
  5. Is it hard for you to BE STILL? Why?
  6. Read these quotes and write out what they are saying to you:
    • All creativity requires some stillness. –Wayne Dyer
    • Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen – that stillness becomes a radiance. –Morgan Freeman
    • Being still and doing nothing are two completely different things.  –Jackie Chan
  7. What do you think would happen if your body was STILL? If your mind was STILL?
  8. What can you do in the next couple weeks to BE STILL in body and mind?

Feel free to share what BE STILL means to you in the comments.

Cheering You onto a Whole Stilled Heart,
Barbara

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Exercise 3: BE Here Now

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Welcome to Exercise 3 of this year’s blog series: BE Here Now.

BE HERE NOW is a book by Ram Dass that discusses learning to be in the present moment.

Being present means that instead of being focused on what happened yesterday or what could happen tomorrow, you are simply here, now. It’s about getting off autopilot and becoming aware of the automatic actions and reactions you are used to, and finding a place of clarity and calm. The present moment offers peace.

Many times through out a day, we can find ourselves snagged in an unpleasant emotion.  Many of which are caused by our mind going into “the land of stories” whether they be from a past event or a future wondering.  Sometimes these stories seem like the present, yet still cause us to dwell in a negative emotion or mood.

Getting up in the morning and having dread about going to work can be an example.   Yes, it is true that you may feel dread, yet what and where is your mind wandering to?  What stories are being spun in your mind that are bringing about the dread?

While those are great questions, the exercise for the next couple weeks is to notice when you are caught in an unpleasant emotion and become present by practicing these two techniques:

  1. Stop and take three slow, deep breaths. You can do this with your eyes open or closed. Concentrate on feeling the air of your breath as it goes in and out your body. Bring your attention solely to your breath.   OR
  2. Stop and look around, wherever you are, and start naming the objects you see.  I see a chair, a dish, a spoon, a tree, etc.  Bring your attention to naming all the things you see in your line of vision.

Take note of what happens to the emotional snag as you do this.  Notice if the feeling diminishes and, even if for a moment, you feel calm and peace.

Cheering You On to a Whole Be Present Heart,
Barbara

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