Turn your attention inward and ask
How do I feel right now?
Close your eyes and meditate on the question for awhile. Pay attention to
physical sensations and emotional feelings. See if any visual images or words
come to mind which express how you feel at this moment in time.
While your eyes were closed, you may have seen images, colors, words, or
symbols. Or you simply may have felt some physical sensations or emotions.
Channel them out in any form or style: doodles, scribbles, shapes, textures,
images, or words.
When you are finished, look over what you have done. Do you have any
reactions? If so, write them down on the next page in your journal.
Uses: This is perhaps the basic and most often-used exercise in
Creative Journal-keeping. It is especially helpful when you have very powerful
feelings that are difficult to handle. You can pinpoint exactly how you feel and
then examine and clarify what you want to do with your feelings in everyday
life. This exercise encourages you to pause and reflect, to discharge or release
feelings, to sort out and clarify and, perhaps, articulate more clearly where