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Art Journaling heals the soul…

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I believe journaling is healing. I know this to be true because I have proven it to myself time and time, over and over. I journal a lot so I know a lot about it! Over the past 4 and a bit years (let’s not forget the bit!)  I have become nomadic and live a gypsy lifestyle in a van. This is completely of my own making yes, but, not always the easy, nor the most comfortable road… Definitely not! Anyway, I got down. Really low-down. I stopped taking care of my needs and myself. I don’t even know how that happened. But it did. And I woke up everyday just wanting to go straight back to bed again. And often I just did. I drank a lot of alcohol and ate a lot of junk to try and numb it all away.

And guess what? That didn’t work.

After a while I realised I wasn’t nurturing myself. I was only comforting myself. And this realisation changed EVERYTHING for me. I used my journals to heal myself. I put truth in there. I put all the nasty-sticky-dark stuff down in there. It had somewhere to go, somewhere safe. It started to release. The long process had begun.

I had to keep coming back to my healing over a period of three years, as I hadn’t really commited to it. But once I realised the difference between ‘nurture’ and ‘comfort,’ I KNEW something had to change, or, I would continue to wake up every morning looking forward to going back to bed again, as-soon-as-possible.

“If you have a plant that is sick because you keep it in the dark closet, and you say soothing words to it, that is comfort. If you take the plant out of the closet and put it in the sun, give it something to drink, and then talk to it, that is nurture.”

– Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Over time I have devised my own unique method of creative journaling to get myself free of all of the things I needed to get free of. I named it – ‘Freedom Journaling.’ I wrote a 7 part creative healing workshop which I am putting together now. It is my own little miracle and, I want to share it, ‘out there.’ I want to share all that I learned by doing everything wrong, so that others won’t have to! They can make the big shifts step-by-step, and not fall down the pot-holes as often as I did in my own healing journey.

I am currently preparing the workshop. It does takes time though, to put together, in the way I want it. So, in the meantime, I started out with an art journaling group on Facebook. I know some aren’t on Facebook and don’t like it. But I needed fast and I needed easy! So this is the route I have taken for now. This group will always be completely free. It is called – Freedom Journaling with Wendy Fairy Art.

It’s a NURTURING space full of creativity, joy and amazing brave souls.

So far I have freed myself of comfort eating, an alcohol dependency, and shifted from dreading my days to waking up in the morning positively buzzing with my creativity and zest for life. I have healed my physical health too and said goodbye to chronic and long-term IBS. Yes, I still have bad days, fall over and it hurts, this is all part of the grand balance of life, – BUT, I know how to EASILY recalibrate and re-centre now. And, most importantly of all, I now have the tool-kit (self-created) uniquely tailored for me, by me, to do this. Now I wake up everyday and I am in love with my life and inspire myself everyday… I am in process of just getting used to this new way of being!

I made a little video about it here…

You are most welcome in the group, or you can sign-up to the updates of my travels as ‘The Unexpected Gypsy,’ on this blog and/or instagram me (where I share my micro-posts). Much love to all the Brave Souls ‘out there!‘ Xx

 

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  1. Anna Mamwell says...

    This is very interesting and I am going to give it a try…I do believe in writing things down to clear the mind so I can see how this helps! But I’ve never thought of it in the way you have described!! Sometimes having a ‘busy’ mind is hard to deal with!