For me, Creative Journaling is one way to tame Monkey Mind. First, the very act of creation is soothing, relaxing. It brings me back to the breath. As I choose background colors and border images, my subconscious musings often make themselves apparent. And in the process, I move past Monkey Mind to Neutral Witness.
Consider this journal page, as yet unfinished, which we used as an example of bordering in our recent workshop. Perhaps the images have no meaning for you. Maybe you’d choose different colors or arrange the objects differently. But I’m learning to look beyond the page itself–to find joy in the process, and to explore its possibilities without judgment. What will I write in that empty space? What new discoveries will emerge? As I pick out my gel pens and Sharpies, I’m at once curious and excited.
P.S. Don’t miss Staci’s post about lettering!