Glitter jars (or calm-down jars) have been used as a mindfulness practice for children and adults for years. When someone is struggling with their emotions, the glitter in a shaken jar is like their thoughts, which like the glitter, calms down eventually.
As we become evermore connected and immersed in the digital world, it’s important to take steps to ensure our digital wellbeing. Digital wellbeing is the practice of managing our digital habits, activities and use of technology in a way that promotes health, wellbeing and happiness.
Are you overwhelmed by the amount of technology in your life? Do you feel like you’re constantly connected to the world and that it’s taking over your life? If so, you may be in need of a digital detox.
A very powerful way of starting a sentence in a compassionate voice is “I accept… (that I acted this way in this situation and I am able to forgive myself and learn from this, move forward)”. Not only that this way of looking at things feels actively comforting and supportive, but it also taps into a mindful observation of things as they are without self-judgement. And if you find it difficult to speak to yourself this way, pause and ask yourself: how can I talk to myself from the place of love, from my heart? Because compassion and compassionate journalling comes from our heart and helps us heal.
Another powerful way of starting a sentence in our personal journal is this: “It is understandable (that I acted this way considering…)”. This way, we can do what in psychology is called re-parenting – we can provide care, validation and comfort to our inner child. This feels good.
So how do we actually start with compassionate journalling? Here are our three tips. You can start your sentence with the following: “It makes sense (to me that… considering…)” and tap into your inner sense of compassion for others and for yourself.
A compassionate voice protects us from the biases, projections and stories we tell ourselves about ourselves that come from others, from our past, and from our social context even. So to practice a little bit of mindfulness, to stay in the moment, to connect with our feelings simply as they are (without any additional narratives), can be pretty liberating. We learn and grow from mistakes. That is how we grow wiser. So try: “I choose to be present with this feeling, face it and explore it to learn from it.”
Self-compassion taps into our collective sense of humanity, which sounds basic, but is incredibly powerful – because it responds to our most inner fear of social isolation. So when you make a mistake or feel bad about something, try this approach: “Everyone makes mistakes, it’s what being human is all about.” Think about this seriously, can you operate from a place where this is your truth?
Self-kindness is the part that responds to our self-judgement. It’s the voice that says: “It’s okay to feel this way.” Notice how you feel when others say that to you and when you say it to yourself. Yes: practice in front of the mirror; why not? If affirmations work for you, this could be one of them.
Compassionate journalling is a form of awakening, practising and nurturing our inner accepting, comforting, supporting self.