As we get ready to step into 2023, here are some potent journal prompts to help anchor you into your intentions and desired energy.
Imagine what this planet could be if we all do tap into our greatest capacity for love?
I’ve been considering this question a lot lately, knowing that our awakening path is not linear, and that as humans on this planet, we’re forever in a process of expanding and contracting.
2022 was the best year I’ve had yet. So many dreams came to life, and I’ve begun to embody my deepest values in ways I previously didn’t feel were available to me. Holding space for others as a breathwork facilitator, for example, has been a dream come true!
What I’ve learned this year is that awakening is a non-linear process. This process requires taking stock of the thoughts and emotions that act as barriers in our lives and inviting greater awareness around patterns we hold that aren’t based in love – and there are a few of those, aren’t there??
There’s growing research backing up the fact that we have the capacity to change our lives simply by changing our thoughts. One of the most empowering books (filled with interesting research findings) is Becoming Supernatural by Dr. Joe Dispenza – it’s pretty much required reading for anyone wanting to change habitual thought patterns that are causing pain, so that you can open to your own capacity for greater love and empowerment. If you’ve ever had the thought: ‘I’ll never change’ or ‘this will never get better’, this book will be your new best friend.
As you consider your path ahead in 2023, I’d like to share the following set of journal prompts you can work with to help bring perspective, balance, healing, and expansion to your life. As you consider each of these, I would love to know how this process goes!
Sending you tons of love and unlimited potential for your year ahead.
Six Journal Prompts for 2023
2022 was the year of _____________. 2023 will be the year of ________.”
This inquiry comes from Life Coach Marcilie Smith Boyle. Every year, for the past several years, she sends all her past and current clients a year-end inquiry that goes like this: First, think about all of the ups (joys, wins, celebrations), and all of the downs (disappointments, failures, losses) experienced in 2022 and make a list of both. Next, make a 3rd list to highlight the learning from these events that you want to be sure to bring with you with purpose into 2023. Then, take some time to sit down with your calendar, your journal, your photo album, phone, or computer, and glean your resources for all that has happened over the past 12 months. Sit quietly with this and think about what you learned and what you want to bring with you to 2023. This is a potent exercise! Connect with Marcilie here.
How can I uncover and receive what I desire most, deeply within myself?
This prompt comes from mystic guide + renowned yoga teacher, Natalie Backman. I love this Natalie’s prompt because it’s a reminder that whatever we need and want, is already within us. This year, I frequently worked with the mantra: “You are exactly where you are meant to be. You are exactly who you are meant to be.” How do you feel when you imagine that what you desire is already yours? Find more guidance from Natalie here.
The simple yet powerful inquiry of “Show me….” comes from spiritual teacher, Patricia Clum. For example: “Show me my next best step towards [insert your goal]” or “Show me peace.” Explains Patricia: “Asking this question allows Self to step into witness and literally notice the filters or veils blocking one’s heart from peace. When we journal or pray to be shown, we often will be shown. For example, we’ll be shown where peace is not, as the painful spaces come up to get our attention. As you continue to journal and process with the contraction of un-peaceful areas in your life, you will actually be learning peace. As you continuously ask to be shown peace, life will begin to reflect peace back to you peace. Sticking with one prompt for a few weeks helps to create a movement in your physical & energetic fields, as your heart opens to the vibration of peace. “Show me” is the catalyst for your own soul to guide you all the way home.” Find more guidance from Patricia here.
“Dearest soul, I know I have been carrying the heavy illusion of ____. I see now that this is an invitation for me to _____. I’m ready to _____.”
This prompt comes from spiritual medium + breathwork healer, Bree Melanson. She explains: “Instead of “releasing all that does not serve you” or the “negative energy”, consider the spiritual wisdom these things carry beyond what’s presented at the surface. Everything bares purpose – and the purpose of all things is to expand. If your “blocks” were really invitations from your soul to expand into a higher awareness, what is the invitation? What higher, unconditional truth is asking to be activated within you?” Find more guidance from Bree here.
What belief do I need to walk away from to live my best life?
- Who would I be without this belief?
- Where would I like to place my attention that is freed up by letting go of this belief?
- How do I plan to take responsibility for working with this belief?
This series of prompts comes from Rani and Laura from Psych & Soul, and reflects their spiritual counselling work. As Laura explains: “When you consider an example, such as believing you are not good enough, or a belief you hold that’s related to blaming others, or playing small in your life, ask yourself: how could releasing that untrue belief change your energy and shift your life?” This is an incredibly powerful inquiry that comes out of the teachings of Lalitha. Find more from Psych & Soul here.