Journaling the Root …

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The 7-day journaling series begins by asking you to consider your own roots: where you came from and how you began… Write on each prompt for as long as it feels comfortable, and then move on to the next one. If there are prompts that don’t feel pleasing to you, feel free to skip them; but I would recommend returning to them at a later date because it is likely that those prompts that are most unappealing are the ones that you need to interact with the most.

* Who makes up your tribe? How connected do you feel to these people? How do you feel when you’re around them?
* Describe your earliest memory. Describe the sights, sounds, and smells. Describe the feelings that you have attached to that memory.
* What emotions does the word “mother” invoke for you? Are you aware of where those emotions come from?
* Describe your childhood home. Did you move often, or did your family stay rooted in one place?
* When you were growing up, did your family struggle financially? How did that affect you? Was there ever a time when you had to go without something you needed? What was that like?
* What insecurities do you have now? Where did they come from? If you can remember specific incidents or patterns that led to those insecurities, describe them.
* What frightens you?
* What does “unstable” look like? Describe an unstable person in as much detail as you can. What are your opinions of that person? In what ways can you relate to that person?
* What does “grounded” look like? Describe a person who is “grounded” in as much detail as you can. What are your opinions of that person? In what ways can you relate to that person?
* If you were to make changes in your life that would leave you feeling more “grounded,” what would those changes be? How easy/difficult would those changes be? What barriers do you have that prevent you from making those changes?

I will be sharing some of my own Root Journaling excerpts here over the next few days. Please share some of your writing too! Also, I would love to hear of any realizations or epiphanies that come as you’re writing.

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