Hello there =)
As you know, this journaling challenge was inspired by my favorite Twitter Chat, #fireworkpeople. While I LOVE my chats and the sparks of inspiration I get from them, I branched out to find some more journaling inspiration this week, like I did for Enough: One Word Prompts.
I stumbled upon Writing Our Way Home, and was inspired by their small stones writing tool. In short, writing small stones is a way to take time to notice the little things and capture them on paper. We aim to get them down as quickly and vividly as possible. Think of them as the little poems of your life.
Satya Robyn wrote about the idea of small stones for a writing challenge she put together for 2014. From there, she continued to document her own small stones at A Small Stone. She’s not alone! Lots of people tweet their small stones. I just may join them.
A few snippets from the Writing Your Way Home post…
What is a small stone?
A small stone is a short piece of writing that precisely captures a fully-engaged moment.
towels and shirts and pillowcases show me the shapes of the breeze
Why write small stones?
When we translate something we’ve seen or experienced into words, it is necessary to pay more attention than we usually would. A few minutes of mindful attention (even once a day) helps us to engage with the world in all its beauty.
To find your own small stones:
- Keep your eyes, nose, mouth, fingers, ears & your mind open.
- Notice something.
- Write it down.
What does a small stone look like?
As long as it’s shortish, anything goes. There are no strict rules as there are for forms such as haiku. small stones are often concrete, specific, and written about ordinary things – birdsong, or a dark grey cloud.
Where will I find small stones?
Small stones are everywhere, all of the time. All you have to do is pause and let them appear. You’ll know when you see one, because it will set off a small burst of feeling inside you. It might be that you really notice the ugliness of a piece of chewed gum on the pavement, or the beauty of a pigeon, or vice versa. An overheard snippet of conversation might strike you as amusing, or strange. Whatever you notice, you will be noticing it with fresh eyes.
There will be so much to experience in the next week: Halloween & Trick or Treating, the time change (if it’s observed where you live) and a brand new month. Let’s take the time to slow down and notice the seemingly unnoticeable.
Consider getting a notebook you can keep with you all the time, perhaps it holds your sunshine list, that you can jot down Small Stones as they happen.
I’ll be jotting mine down and maybe tweeting one or two. I hope you’ll join me!