My recent online Journaling Experience featured 10 days of questions designed to help us gain a better understanding of our identity, what drives us and what stands in our way. We began with the simple (profound) question: who am I?
When we meet someone new we often lead with questions such as: Where are you from? Are you married? What do you do?
So, we answer: I’m from California, not married but happily coupled, I teach yoga and dance.
These are all perfectly fine questions and answers but how much do they reveal about who we truly are?
For the “Who Am I” journaling assignment I advised the participants to avoid biographical descriptions and instead use the writing to explore who they are in essence, to dig deeper in expressing their self -identity.
The experience of eschewing labels and focusing on essentials makes for a rich journey indeed. For me, what showed up on the page was a riff on three core traits (peace, doubt, love) that are present, for better or worse, in all that I “do” and in my relationships.
My pen delved enough to expose unexpected aspects of these seemingly general traits. I also played with owning them (I am peace) rather than wearing them as adornments (I am peaceful). Read more