5 Journaling Prompts to Nourish & Strengthen you as the Seasons Change

Equinox Journaling Prompts

I don’t know what the weather is like with you, but the season is turning here with cooler temperatures, wind, and lots of rain. Which is fitting because this week on September 21, not only is it World Gratitude Day but it’s also an Equinox—one of two dates annually where the hours of daylight and darkness are equal.

The Equinox marks a change in the rhythms of nature, and this planetary shift is a great opportunity to pause, reflect, and reconnect with something greater than ourselves.

In the northern hemisphere we leave behind the creative growth time of summer and begin gathering in, preserving and preparing. Plants draw in vital life-force to their roots to protect from winter harshness. And as the nights get longer and darker, we retreat into ourselves and our homes to rest, reflect and strengthen our spirits.

But in the south, things are literally “hotting up”. Spring is underway, flowers and plants bloom—bringing forth what has been hidden. Energy increases with the lengthening days and it’s an opportunity to get creative and grow—ourselves, our gardens, careers, businesses or our lives.

But it’s not a normal season shift…

COVID is still a big influence on all our lives. And Yes. We’re also approaching 2 years of this pandemic.

Mask on, mask off, mask on, mask off again. Vaccine protests. Vaccine passports. The Delta variant and risk of further, more dangerous mutations… Lots and lots of uncertainty. Travel restrictions. And closer to home—even friends have forgotten how to be with each other. I could go on.

Of course, I know (as you do) that we’re extremely lucky compared to many parts of the world. And compared to many people who may have had their loved ones, livelihoods and more taken away from them.

But that doesn’t negate those feelings of being trapped, stuck, unable to be free (even as we are technically “free”) are very real. No-one likes to feel powerless. And we must remember that “loss of autonomy” is one of 5 universal human fears.

Being grateful for what we have is important, and we must also acknowledge our truth—what we feel.

So, where do we go next?

Good question. Next week I’m going to share an updated Resilience Map—the 3 Month Planner I created to replace the Annual Goals Workbook (because who can plan a year ahead in detail right now?). This updated goals “lite” workbook will be a great opportunity to refocus and decide what you want from the last quarter of this year.

And this week, the equinox gives us opportunity to reflect. We can begin to think about our priorities for the last 3 months of this year.

So, in preparation for goal-setting (lite) next week, I’ve created these journaling prompts to connect us to ourselves, what matters, and look for the positives where we can…

5 Journaling Prompts to Ponder this Equinox

If you’re heading into Fall/Autumn and Winter: Fall Leaves

  1. What do the shortening days and lengthening nights mean for you this year? What does the change of seasons mirror in your life?
  2. What have you learned so far this year that will help you as we head into the final 3 months of 2021?
  3. As you reflect on the impacts of the pandemic on you and those important to you, what are your priorities between now and the end of the year?
  4. What is it time to let go of? What needs to be put to rest? What might you need to prepare for?
  5. What do you value? What are you looking forward to? What are you grateful for?

As you answer these questions, also consider what you can do to make life easier and more tolerable/enjoyable for yourself as we head into the last quarter of this year in a pandemic.

  • What Action/s will you take? And when will you do them? (the more specific you are the better—it’s easier to action something super-specific)

If you’re heading into Spring and Summer:

  1. What does the lengthening of the day and shortening nights mean for you this year? What does the change of seasons mirror in your life?
  2. What have you learned so far this year that will help you as we head into spring and summer?
  3. As you reflect on the impacts of the pandemic on you—and those important to you—what are your priorities between now and the end of the year?
  4. What has been dormant over the winter? What would you like to bring forth? What actions do you need to take now so that your ideas come to fruition?
  5. What do you value? What are you looking forward to? What are you grateful for?

As you answer these questions, also consider what you can do to make life easier and more tolerable/enjoyable for yourself as we head into the last quarter of this year in a pandemic.

  • What Action/s will you take? And when will you do them? (the more specific you are the better—it’s easier to action something super-specific)

Wrap-up

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It is from deeply knowing ourselves that we make better decisions, learn to stand up for ourselves and what’s important. We gain strength, creativity and feel more inspired about life.

You too can feel the magic of living a more creative, empowered, soul-filled life.

And all this can be as simple as setting pen to paper and asking and answering questions…

The equinox gives us a focus, an opportunity and jumping-off point to to let go of what’s no longer needed, and explore what’s coming up next. It helps us see the cyclical nature of our lives and the world we live in—transitions, beginnings and endings.

And as COVID continues, we can take this opportunity to plan, prepare and take action—giving us some power over our situation. This is an important part of resilience.

Remember: Change the world. Start with you!

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