The Journal Project

Sharing lives through the process and art of journal keeping.

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Monday, August 07, 2006

Frappr Maps and Journal Prompt/Discussion Question 3

First things first...

I have created two maps through Frappr in order to track the progress of the two journals. At some point after receiving one of the journals please click on the appropriate badge on the side bar and add yourself to the map. This will keep everyone alert to the progress/whereabouts of both the journals. If you encounter any problems with the maps (I'm still not certain I have them up and running correctly) please let me know.

Journal Prompt 3:

Last week
Alexandra mentioned one of my favorite poems by David Whyte on her blog. The title of the poem is Sweet Darkness. She also mentioned how she uses parts of the poem when facilitating women's groups. I thought this was a perfect journal prompt. Read through the entire poem if you'd like (link above) or simply read this one phrase and write about what meaning it holds for you. What thoughts come to mind as you toss these words around?

Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
to learn
anything or anyone

that does not bring you alive
is too small for you.

Feel free to use this prompt any way you'd like and share any thoughts you might have in the comments.

Discussion Question 3:

Where and when do you do most of your journal keeping? Do you have a specific time/place? A set routine?

I usually don't have much time to journal at home so that is typically how I spend my lunch hour Monday-Friday. I eat my lunch, read a of couple of poems by the poet I'm currently devouring, and then I open my journal and write. Sometimes it's about an event I want to capture. Often it revolves around a feeling I'm experiencing. Other times it's random lists and thoughts. It might also be about a reaction I had to the poems I just read. But regardless of the content, this is usually when I get the majority of my journaling done, it is my special journaling time. Every weekday between noon and 1:00 you can find me either in the cafeteria or sitting outside at a picnic table, pen in hand, journal spread out on the table, writing my heart away.

Share your own answers to these questions in the comments...

More to come...