Last week, we did some writing about what it means to be a friend to ourselves.
(If you haven’t done that, go ahead and do it now so that you can follow up with the exercise below.)
Each of the four areas of friendship – mind, body, emotions, and creative vision – corresponds to the four elements in nature.
Let’s do some journaling to see what each element wants us to know.
Let’s see where we need to bring about greater balance in our lives by looking back at our writing from last week and giving each area a score from 1-4, 1 meaning we feel a great sense of lack in how we befriend ourselves in this area and 4 meaning we are doing a terrific job in this area.
On a score from 1-4, I would give myself a ___ for being a friend to my mind.
On a score from 1-4, I would give myself a ___ for being a friend to my body.
On a score from 1-4, I would give myself a ___ for being a friend to my emotions.
On a score from 1-4, I would give myself a ___ for being a friend to my creative vision.
Now start with the lowest scoring category and ask yourself how the wisdom of that element can help you focus there more clearly in the next week.
Let me know what you learn!
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