Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Journaling: C = Compass

Spiritual Compass, that is.

While the Spiritual Compass is not an original idea, I have used this method of journaling for several years.

I was first introduced to the compass in 2012, when I took a weekend spiritual journaling class at the University of Iowa. The instructor, Linda Bendorf, used this concept for an afternoon of self-discovery.

She described each point on the compass as it relates to a corresponding milestone in life.
* EAST represents the sunrise, or in other words, new beginnings. 
* WEST represents the sunset, or in other words, endings. 
* SOUTH represents spontaneous creativity.
* NORTH represents true north.

I find this method of journaling effective when I feel out-of-sorts, unsure of where life is leading or how I got to this place in time. The Spiritual Compass is particularly useful in discovering where imbalance rests.

Select one point on the compass that resonates most with where you find yourself  (E-W-S-N) and briefly write some thoughts about this area of life. 

Here are some suggested writing prompts:
EAST – what new beginning are you facing at this time of life? How does this make you feel? Can you see both positives and negatives to this change?

WEST – what have you recently had to release – or perhaps, what do you need to release? How does it feel to consider that possibility? Can you see positives and negatives to this change? What causes you to continue to hold on?

SOUTH -  Think back to childhood, when life was perhaps more carefree or spontaneous? Recall a fun time – watch yourself playing. What are you doing? What did you want to be when you grew up? How can you reconnect with that younger you at this time in life?

NORTH – What do you see as your true purpose in life? How are you doing on this journey? If you became sidetracked, what one step might you take to head in the right direction?  

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Have you used this type of journal prompt before? If so, I'd love to hear how you like it - and if not, is
something you think you might like to try?

Up next in this journaling series: D = Develop a Routine


  1. I have never used this method of journaling before. I think I might give it a try.

    1. At first I was a little leery of the concept, but I really enjoy it now - especially when starting something new, or having to let something go.

  2. I've never heard of this type of journaling prompt. I would definitely use it - the questions are intriguing and would definitely reveal a lot when reflecting on them.

    1. Yes, the prompts really help. I hope you find this method useful in your personal journaling endeavors

  3. Interesting.

    Having nothing to do with journals, my husband always says he wants to know our politicians "spiritual compass."

    Nice post.

    1. I agree with your husband! (and... I wonder if I might lower my blood pressure if I DID journal about the current political situation...)


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