Meditation Journaling Prompts for Fall from Our Retirement Communities

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One of the most important things we can do for our own well-being is to develop a self-care routine. This can include activities such as exercise, socializing, eating well, therapy, and taking up a hobby. One of our favorite self care tools is meditation, though many people have trouble with the idea of sitting and focusing solely on their breathing. If that sounds like you, we suggest meditative journaling!

For our residents at our senior living communities, we encourage self expression and taking time for self care. Reflecting on daily ongoings, feelings, and interactions are an incredibly important way to stay connected with one’s self. We’ve compiled some of our top meditation journaling prompts. These can be used by newbies to meditation and those more seasoned. Read on to learn more!

Feelings

One of the key takeaways from meditation is understanding that all feelings are valid, and we should not be afraid to feel them in order to process them. Though sometimes it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what you’re feeling, especially immediately after a surprising incident or dealing with big emotions like anger or frustration. To get started writing, find a comfortable place in your home, grab a glass of water, maybe even light a candle, and take a few minutes to close your eyes while reflecting on one of the following prompts:

  • How do you feel in your body right now? Is there a place that is emanating tension more than any others?
  • Is there something that scares you about the feelings you are experiencing right now?
  • Think of the overarching feeling in your body – is it happiness, frustration, anger, sadness, or boredom? If you can break it down to more precise emotions, what else would you describe? Fear, pride, apathy, joy, peacefulness, loneliness, validation, disappointment, disgust, overwhelm, anxiety, satisfaction, or shyness are all ways of breaking down overarching emotions.
  • Which emotions are hardest for you to accept?

Self-Reflection

When you’re in a state of neutrality or peace, taking a moment to reflect on your life and the wonderful experiences in it is a really great way to journal. Some of our favorite self-reflection prompts are:

  • When are you feeling most at peace? Who are you with, where are you, and what are you doing?
  • Name five things in your past that you are proud of.
  • Name five things you would like to achieve in the future.
  • Where did you notice beauty and peace in your life within the last week?

Gratitude

There’s something really special about a journal entry chronicling the things, people, places, and situations that bring you joy, peace, and happiness. Some gratitude prompts you can use are:

  • What are three things you are grateful for today?
  • When was the last time you experienced gratitude for nature?
  • Who has brought a smile to your face most recently?
  • What are three things you can do to make life a little brighter for someone else this week?
  • What are ten things you love about yourself?

Books

When you need a little more inspiration than usual, sometimes it’s best to hit the books! Authors like Melody Beattie, Brianna Wiest, and Yung Pueblo have amazing compilations of meditations, poems, and essays that you can use as inspiration. Beattie’s collection called Journey to the Heart offers a daily story and meditation phrase that’s perfect for reflecting your own personal circumstances, one day at a time. Brianna Wiest’s book The Pivot Year is similarly structured with small essays for 365 days. Yung Pueblo’s writings, particularly his trio of published poems Inward, Clarity & Connection, and his newest book The Way Forward, bring inspiration on every page.

There are so many ways to begin a meditative journaling practice, and we hope you have been inspired by our lists above! Find what speaks to you, open a fresh page of a journal, and get writing!

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