Thursday, August 16, 2012

When You Lose, Don't Lose The Lesson...

The title of this blog is one of the many quotes from the Dali Lama that I continue to fail at... But I figured something out here that might help: writing and remembering

Journal keeping has been a psychiatrist secret for years - get them to write, and they'll remember. As writing is both the visual and cognitive, it creates a space of reality that isn't available in self-talk or even conversations with confidants. Why? The simple act of writing is not just an exercise in doing it, the fact is you can go back and read your ramblings, mistakes, concerns, complaints, actions, losses, feelings, embraces, etc. If you journal, and do it mindfully, you can't fake it too much! Besides, you're keeping a semi-public record, and if the world is destroyed by martians (now that we've invaded their planet with a one-ton robot) and your journal is all that is left, would you want them to think you're bat-shit crazy? No! So journal, remember, repeat the mistake, journal and learn!

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