A Friend, a Journal and a Gift from the Mat

A few years ago a friend gave me a copy of Journal Keeper by Margaret D. Smith. It’s quite a lovely, simple book with thoughts on journaling that make it accessible to all of us.  My friend also gave me a journal with a painting of a girl dancing in a field of flowers.  She’s reaching for the sky with a flower laced dress.  I love it!

Around the same time I attended a yoga and writing workshop which inspired me to leave my journal at the end of my mat.  What happened next? I started to write after my yoga practice.  In fact, a collection of poetry poured out.  Sinking into your yoga practice can bring out you — it may be the creative you, the loving you, the wisdom in you.

So today as I remember this friend, I give thanks of her wisdom especially shown in this creative gift with stickers placed in love next to her favorite quotes and verses.  I ask you: What inspires you? Do you have a favorite quote or verse to share with a friend?  What personal touches can you add to a gift — a gift to yourself or to someone you love?

I have learned . . . that the head does not hear anything until the heart has listened, and what the heart knows today the head will understand tomorrow. — James Stephens, writer, as quoted in Journal Keeper

PS The journal is by Brush Dance – “The Brush Dance is a Yurok Indian healing ritual where being true to yourself means giving your best to help a person in need. Being true to yourself is the one and only Yurok Indian law.” Perfect!

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