Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Kindness to yourself: The Five Moment Memoir

Posting today here, and also at The Kindness Project.

One of the ongoing themes of The Kindness Project is being kind to oneself. I think many of us strive to be kinder to others, but also recognize that sometimes we are less than generous with ourselves.

In the ongoing battle to be kind to yourself I humbly present: The Five Moment Memoir.

I ran across this idea in the February issue of the Oprah magazine. The author didn't approach it from a kindness angle, but immediately it struck me as a personal kindness.

Who among us has kept a journal at some point in their lives?

Who finds it difficult to keep up with?

In my case, I kept a journal for many years but now find that it has been months even years since I've been able to write daily or weekly.

I think of it as a kindness to myself, because I find journaling not only leaves an incomparable view into a given time in my life, but it also really helps me think through problems, make peace with issues, and examine conflicts around me. Not to mention it is the only history from your unique perspective that will ever exist.

Enter the Five Moment Memoir. All the concept requires is that you:

1. Write down five moments from your day.

You're done. It's that easy.

It could be something happy.
It might be a kindness given or received.
It could be a difficult or trying situation.
There are no rules about WHAT you choose to write down. Only that you do it daily and that you focus on five moments.

I have been trying it and enjoy it a lot.

Do you keep a journal?

Have you tried the Five Moment Memoir?

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