A journal of the heart

I recently had a housewarming party. My friends Keith and Maddie, along with many other friends, walked through my room and spend time there to check it out.  One of the things they saw was my print of Gustav Klimt The Kiss. I have kept it in my room for a couple of years now, because I think it’s beautiful – and also as good luck around love and romance in my life.  Sometime in the following week, Maddie was in New York City and went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and picked me up a housewarming gift: a very generous gift – a journal based with that painting beautifully rendered on the cover.

Keith (I work with him) and Maddie (his wife) saw this print in my room.

Keith (I work with him) and Maddie (his wife) saw this print in my room.

And Maddie got me this journal from the Metropolitan Museum of Art!  It's exciting just to have something that came from there!  I still have the bag!

And Maddie got me this journal from the Metropolitan Museum of Art! It’s exciting just to have something that came from there! I still have the bag!

When I sat down with my lovely book, my first thought was to make it a journal focused on romance. “That’s the ticket – I’ll make only entries that have to do in some way with romance. But it didn’t take too long for me to realize that this was too narrow a focus.  So I made it bigger: the heart – what’s going on with regard to my heart.  So now every day, right before bed, I make an entry on what has happened that day which nurtured or activated my heart. It doesn’t matter how big or small: some days I have listed several things, one day I wrote one line – but one that meant stuff to me.

In the twelve days since I started, I haven’t missed a day.  I go to bed more in touch with my heart.  I bet it affects my sleep and my dreams.

You might want to steal my idea and create a similar journal just for your heart.  Or a notepad or a document in your computer or your phone – voice recordings would work great.  Or put a note on your nightstand or somewhere reminding you to think about this before bed.  Or maybe you’ll just think about it today.

  • Who did you see or think about that you love – or like a whole lot?
  • What gave you access to your emotional life?  What feelings did you have?
  • Who was nice to you?  To whom were you nice?
  • Was there a way that you were good or kind to yourself?
  • Did you think or talk about something that’s important to you?
  • Did you create or make a heart connection with art?
  • Read “The longings of the heart” – December 6.

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