Hot Penning - My Favorite Daily Self-Love Practice
You are writing and rewriting your life’s story in every minute of every day. The question is, “Are you writing your life’s story for you or against you?”
Do you believe you have the power to change your story? And therefore, your life. If not, why not?
“The story” is a great coaching metaphor. After all, you are the protagonists, observer, narrator, editor and critic of your life’s story anyway. What’s important is for you to realize that you have the power to change the plot, story type, the underlying themes, and literary genres anytime you want. This is the big secret between those who are living the life of their dreams from those who are not.
Your life is not static or written in stone. Your life is dynamic. It is constantly changing, shifting and transforming. It might not always seem that way, but it’s true, nonetheless. Since that is a fairly accurate assessment; why not create your life more consciously? You can write a new story with a better ending.
The best way to evaluate whether your story is for or against you is to pay attention to your thoughts. The easiest way to do that is to write them down. The method I share with my clients is called "Hot Penning" which I have found to be the most productive method for gaining clarity about your thoughts.
Hot Penning work like this – every day, using pen and paper (not a computer) write every thought that comes to mind. Allow your thoughts to flow freely onto the pages without interruption, without overthinking and with absolutely No control. You might find it weird and strange in the beginning, I did as well, so I "Hot Penned" out a list to work from - a list of, "Who" and "What" I felt was holding me back or impacting my life in a negative way. Every day I choose someone or something off the list and allowed my soul to pour onto the paper in front of me.
You will discover that when you reach about a page and a half something begins to happen. It is here that the pen practically writes itself. It’s as if you have finally entered the secret combination to your mind. Everything that you are confused about or are subconsciously repressing starts to come out. Don’t worry, nothing you write will be too much for you to handle. This idea that we can’t handle our “stuff” is BS. You are capable and able to process all of your life experiences. You are resilient.