Kuan Yin journal featuring the beautiful artwork of Duirwaigh Studios. Click image for more info.
The beginning of a new year often inspires self-reflection. Journaling is an excellent way to capture this inspiration, track our emotions, or cultivate a routine toward mindfulness. Benjamin P. Hardy posted an excellent article on Medium about the many benefits of daily journaling as a keystone habit. Here is an excerpt:
Journaling Clears Your Emotions
Several research studies have found that writing in your journal reduces stress.These benefits include:
- Reducing scatter in your life
- Increased focus
- Greater stability
- Deeper level of learning, order, action, and release
- Holding thoughts still so they can be changed and integrated
- Releasing pent-up thoughts and emotions
- Bridging inner thinking with outer events
- Detaching and letting go of the past
- Allowing you to re-experience the past with today’s adult mind
Image from our Herb Gardens 2016 wall calendar. Click image for more info.
On the seventh day of the first month, the Japanese prepare and eat a rice porridge containing seven herbs—a custom which is believed to bring longevity and good health. Traditionally the seven herbs are water dropwort, shepherd’s purse, cudweed, chickweed, nipplewort, turnip, and daikon.
Since the herbs used are some of the first greens to appear in the year (and some of them are edible weeds like chickweed), you might adapt this custom by looking at what is seasonally available in your area and making a salad. Continue reading
The Organic Kitchen Garden 2015 wall calendar
From A Year of Healthy Living 2015 wall calendar by Ann Lovejoy — Our culture encourages us to think of treats in terms of eating and spending money. This year, why not explore ways to enrich your life with wholesome treats that increase your health, strength, stamina, and wellbeing? For many of us, this positive path might begin by creating a healthy relationship with food. Continue reading
Peace Hand by Joe Simboli from the Posters for Peace & Justice 2015 wall calendar
New Year’s Day is an auspicious day in any calendar, whether it’s celebrated in autumn (Jewish New Year) or spring (Persian New Year) or on the second new moon following the Winter Solstice (Chinese New Year). Always the customs leading up to the day itself revolve around setting things right, cleaning the house, getting caught up on bills and paying off debts, returning borrowed items—clearing out old or stagnant energy to make a new start. Continue reading