Behind the Story

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Behind the Story

We think it's important to be aware and to think about what is going on behind "your" story. That's why we have dedicated an entire category to the topic.

One reason this journaling stuff is really helpful is because we have so much happening on the inside—

feelings, thoughts and beliefs.

And it's these feelings, thoughts and beliefs that can derail or sabotage us. That's why we are including a blog category to address this.

We'll cover a range of subjects such as resistance, self-care, self-criticism, monkey mind chatter and stress.

There's a saying, some call it a joke, that goes like this ...

Question: Do you know how old I will be by the time I learn to play the piano?

Answer: The same age you'll be if you don't.

Man yelling at himself

The Inner Censor

Yes, you have one. We all do! Julia Cameron talks about this in It's Never Too Late to Begin Again. We think it's important enough that we want to share the concept with you.

Some of really have to look out for our inner censor. We don't respond or react well to his or her constant feedback, which tends to be negative. We allow this critic to keep us small and afraid.

First of all, awareness is the first step. Start listening for yours in a state of complete awareness about what is being said or what messages you are repeatedly being told. Next, make a connection with your inner censor.

We loved Julia's idea about how to help diminish the impact of this critical voice. We found it share worthy! She calls hers Nigel. Yes, it can be a bit like talking to yourself. But, this time, it's a good thing to do. It's your inner censor that needs reigning in for you to move forward and make positive progress.

Here's how you start to shrink your inner censor.

So, let's have fun with this.

Describe your Censor. Is it a male or female? Maybe it's neither. How old? What does it look like? What are it's favorite snarly remarks? What's it's name?

If you think it will be fun, go post your name and description on our Facebook group. If you have a picture or sketched it yourself. We'd love seeing that too.

We'll be adding Behind the Story blog posts soon. In the meantime, we highly recommend that you read one of Julia's books:

  • It's Never to Late to Begin Again
  • The Artist's Way
  • The Right to Write
  • The Writing Diet