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 2: BE Real

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A phrase used quite often is “Be Real.”

Sometimes it is said as…

Be Authentic.

Be Your Truth.

What does all that mean?

Does it mean anything goes with how you think and behave?

Does it mean sharing all your feelings, thoughts, problems with others?

We have minds that can be quite imaginative and assumptive. How does one know what is real?

Do you know YOUR truth so you can BE it?


Explore what this mean to you, and discover more of YOUR truth by journaling and contemplating these questions:

  1. What do these statements mean to you; are they the same? (Feel free to get out a dictionary/thesaurus and read definitions and related words.)
  • Be Real.
  • Be Authentic.
  • Be Your Truth.
  1. How do you know when you are being REAL/AUTHENTIC/YOUR TRUTH?  What are you doing?  How are you feeling?
  2. What keeps you from being REAL/AUTHENTIC/YOUR TRUTH?
  3. What activities have helped you discover more about who you are, your realness, your truth, your authenticity?
  4. Are there any areas of your life or roles that you have where you find it hard to be your real/authentic/truthful self?  What makes it hard?
  5. Have you ever discovered YOUR TRUTH changed? If so, where and what happened to make that change?
  6. What do you think you could do in the next couple weeks to BE more REAL/AUTHENTIC/YOUR TRUTH?

Feel free to share some thoughts from one of the questions in the comments.

Cheering You On to a Whole REAL Heart,

Barbara

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This year’s Blog Series:

This year I’ll be posting 25 “BE” journaling and BEing exercises. 

You’ll be challenged to

  • journal,
  • try activities that bring you into the present,
  • contemplate and think differently,
  • grow personally, 
  • increase understanding of who you are,
  • and try different ways of BEING.

Obviously, a journal is strongly encouraged.  When doing the journaling, don’t be too quick to go with your first response.  Keep writing about the questions given.  Set a timer for 1-2 minutes for each question.  The longer you write and contemplate on the questions asked, the more you will gain from the exercise. Think of it as going deeper into your self, into your heart, into your wisdom.

There are no right or wrong answers.   Your journaling may wonder off the questions, that is okay.  You may get humorous or way too serious. Write about the feelings that come up as you answer the questions.  Just write.  

2018 Week 49: Dear John

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Week 49’s task of 50 Weeks to a Lighter More Loving You is DEAR JOHN.

Dear John letter was a type of letter written by an individual wishing to terminate a relationship.

The relationship we are “terminating” is with this past year.

You may be reading this while you are still living 2018!  That is okay.  You can still do this now OR wait till New Year’s Day.

You will find this helpful to start 2019 with a sense of closure, peace, and renewed focused.

Take some time this week (or on New Year’s Day) in your HaMakom, with your journal, to answer the following questions.



Saying Good Bye and Honoring the Past Year

Answer the following to help let go of the past year.  Write what comes to mind first.  Try not to over think or spend more than a couple minutes on each question.

  • List Events from this past year:
  • What lessons did you learn in the past year?
  • What are you most proud of yourself for from this past year?
  • What are you most grateful for from the past year?
  • What are you glad you are leaving behind?
  • What 3 words describe last year?
  • What would you title last year if it was a book or movie?

FINALLY, write a short and sweet Good Bye note to this past year.

Dear 2018,  

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There are several things I do on New Year’s Day to start the year.  This is one of them.

Whether 2018 has been a trying year or a good year, there is something powerful about reviewing it and letting it go.

Feel free to share the title of your year in the comments.

Cheering You on to a Whole Honored and Farewelled 2018 Heart,

Barbara

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2018 Week 48: Wish Book List

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Week 48’s task of 50 Weeks to a Lighter More Loving You is WISH BOOK LIST!

When I was growing up, we use to make our Christmas Wish List from the Sears Wish Book.  I remember pouring over the pages to pick one or two things I really wanted from Santa.  I’d fold over pages, circle things, and did careful study to narrow it down.

Your task this week is to grab your journal, set some time aside to sit in your HaMakom, and make your WISH LIST, so to speak, for your coming years.

It is the holiday season.  Time may seem precious.  You may wonder if you have the time and luxury to actually sit and do this task.

NOW, however, is the best time to be quiet, still, and do this task.  It will help with the holiday frenzy and you will be so focused come 2019.

Here is how to make your WISH LIST:

  • Fill in the blank to the statements forthcoming.  Just make a list.  See if you can make a list of 10-15 or more.  Don’t think too much.  Just make a list of the first things that come to your mind.

When my life is ideal I will be _____________. 

When my life is ideal I will have ___________.

When my life is ideal I will be doing __________.

  • Take that list and determine your TOP 5 IDEALS.  Do that by asking yourself, “would I rather have number 1 or number 2”.  Then take the one you pick and ask, “would I rather have number ___or number 3?”   Keep doing this till you have your top 5.
  • For each of your TOP 5 IDEALS, write a juicy paragraph being more descriptive about what that “ideal” would look like–the who, what, where.  Be as specific as you can.

That’s it!

What’s the point?

  • You are getting clear about what you want in your life.
  • You are becoming more aware of you, your heart’s desires, your purpose.
  • These are guide posts for your decisions. If you make decisions with your IDEAL WISH LIST in mind, watch how they will unfold in your life.

If you want to go the extra mile with this…

  1. Write each IDEAL on a separate note card
  2. Write three steps that would help you reach that IDEAL
  3. Keep the cards at your HaMakom and read them often…daily or weekly

Cheering You on to a Whole Time to Write Out Your Ideals Heart,

Barbara

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