Working in collaboration with others is how I do things best. Besides marriage where I thrive with a single partner, in pretty much everything else I do best when I work with multiple partners. Lit up by this concept, my wheels have been turning at full speed making glitter shoot out of my ears. I reached out to a gaggle of my favorite people and asked them if they’d be interested in being guest bloggers on this site as well as guest teachers for the online classes I’ve been wanting to offer to my live music lovin friends (aka YOU!). The response I got was larger than I thought possible which made me leak awesome out of my eyes (aka tears of joy).
Introducing my first guest blogger, Charles McElroy.
Charles is the founder of Goldleaf, a science-forward printing company for cannabis growers, patients and enthusiasts. A former volunteer with Marijuana Policy Project, a history supporting veterans’ education and access to medical marijuana, and several years studying permaculture and organic farming in Ohio and Colorado, McElroy created Goldleaf to benefit the evolving recreational and medical cannabis communities. Goldleaf products are available worldwide and the company also provides custom design services, now adorning select dispensaries and white-label products across the U.S. Formerly COO at Noble Denim & Victor Athletics, a sustainable and ethical clothing manufacturer, McElroy holds a B.S. in Engineering Technology and Management from Ohio University with an MBA track at Miami University in Business Informatics.
Basically, Charles is the bomb diggidy!
Charles is now going to share with you why journaling about what you love encourages mindfulness. If you resonate with what he shares and want to go even deeper, stay tuned for his online class coming soon. Take it away Charles!
The practice of writing is therapeutic. Writing about something that interests you and invigorates your every being can be even more valuable. Life is full of complex moments, split-second decisions and seemingly meaningless events that end up shaping our perception. There isn’t much we can do about any of it except be who we want to be and make the best choices possible. This can be an intimidating and even suffocating acknowledgment, and it’s one reason why teaching our brains to be mindful is so important. After all, being mindful is to be fully aware of the now moment, which gives us precious perspective on our own actions and realities.
However, practicing mindfulness can be tough. There are so many stresses and stimulants in our life, that separating them from what is truly happening in the present is a challenge for anyone. Meditation is great for this, but oftentimes it isn’t an approachable method for many to jump into. An activity such as writing is a great alternative. With so much keyboard and screen time in our lives, we often forget how slow composing with a pen and paper can be, and that might be a good thing. Writing can help rewire our brain in a positive way. By choosing a topic that is close to your heart, the benefits can be even greater because you will be even more immersed in your act.
Still not convinced? Here are three ways that journaling helps encourage mindfulness:
Writing forces you to slow down. Much like ‘walking meditation,’ writing is intentionally slow. It is a mix of mindful practice and physical stimulus. Taking time to write out your thoughts and feelings might feel too slow at first, especially to those used to their digital life. Your mind might be moving faster than your hand can act, and your penmanship might be a little messy at first. Remember to take your time, be in the ‘now’ moment and pause to articulate your thoughts before putting them down. The process is much slower than typing, and that is OK. You’ll soon calibrate your mind and body to move in unison and the feeling of slowness will evaporate.
Writing encourages memory. The hand and the brain have a unique relationship. When you write letters and words, you are communicating ideas and causing the mind to re-compose thoughts. This process will actually improve your memory and give you a deeper understanding about the content you write. This is helpful to anyone hoping to improve something about themselves and helps teach the mind to be more conscious of real-world experiences as they happen; thus making mindfulness practices ever easier.
Writing about something you love causes you to love. By choosing to write about a topic you hold dear, you are nurturing positive emotions and essentially giving a gift to yourself. An essential part of mindfulness is respecting ‘you’ and being thankful for life. By spending time with your thoughts and focusing on an interest, you are demonstrating this respect to yourself and that will help fill you with positive energy.
Keeping a journal of your experiences, especially something you enjoy (like travel, food, wine, exercise or cannabis) is a great starting point. You will not only be teaching the brain to be mindful, you will be imprinting the fact that you care about yourself into your memory. That feeling of self-worth is part of the reward for having a mindful existence.
Visit Goldleaf’s website for more.
Charles and I would love to hear what you’re going to journal about? Leave a comment below.
If this resonated with you and you’re interested in taking your journal game to the next level, stay tuned for the online class Charles is going to teach.
The magic in me sees the magic in you,