A Contemplative Writing Practice
Author and teacher Mark Matousek suggests these writing prompts when you are journaling as a contemplative practice:
1. What story do you tell yourself on a regular basis that you know is not true? Why do you keep repeating this story? Be specific.
2. What is the source of your deepest longing? How does this longing inspire you?
3. What gifts, powers and originality do you hide in your psychological shadow? Why do you conceal these attributes? What might change if you allowed them to be seen?
4. Where do you feel inauthentic, dishonest or misunderstood in your life today? How might telling the truth — to yourself, first — shift this imbalance?
Mark Matousek, a 20-year student of Buddhism, is the author of two acclaimed memoirs, Sex Death Enlightenment and The Boy He Left Behind, as well as When You’re Falling, Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living and Ethical Wisdom: What Makes Us Good.