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Walking in the World: Intro and Basic Tools

Tomorrow begins our exciting adventure on the path of Walking in this World.

Hopefully you’ve had a chance to pick up a copy of the book. If not, it’s not too late to join us! Amazon even has next-day shipping.

If you do have the book, I suggest reading the Introduction and Basic Tools today. I’m going to briefly discuss my experience with the basic tools and tell you how I’ve made the 12 week program fit into my overflowing life.

Making time for the Basic Tools

The basic tools of the adventure are:

  • Daily journaling (“Morning pages”)
  • Artist Dates
  • Weekly Walks

In addition to the basic tools, you’ll also need to read the chapter and do the journaling exercises.

You are, of course, free to complete this however you like. But in the past, the following has worked for me:

On Sunday I look at my upcoming week and schedule – in advance – my Artist Date and my Weekly Walk. You need to schedule it (and defend that schedule tooth and nail!) or it won’t happen. “Emergencies” will crop up to compete. But ask yourself – what’s more of an emergency than healing your creative spirit?

Cameron suggests journaling upon waking — that’s why they’re called “Morning Pages.” You are to write three long-hand pages of stream of consciousness. This usually takes 20 – 30 minutes, depending on how distracted you are. I do it in the morning because it’s the time I have the most control over. I just get up earlier and go to the cafe.

Then I set aside two hours on the weekend to do the reading for the coming week and complete the journaling exercises.

I also plan to meet locally with some friends to talk about the chapter and discuss our experience with it. If you have co-creatives to share this path with, it makes it even more worthwhile. Whether it’s online or face-to-face (or F2F online 🙂 connecting with others deepens the experience. Set up the time in the beginning of the week so you can make sure to secure a spot for it.

Planning when you intend to do each part of the adventure will help make it happen. This is especially true if you need to arrange in advance for childcare or transportation or other details.

I’m a gypsy vagrant with no attachments so I can wing it to some degree. But if I had little ones or a real job, I’d be scheduling my butt off.

Upcoming Posts

In upcoming posts this week, I’ll discuss Morning Pages and Artist Dates in depth.

I get a lot of questions on those, so I’ve put together a FAQ (frequently asked questions) for both. I’ll give you some great ideas for Artist Dates, including where to look for activities and how to make it fun. And some tips for Morning Pages to get the ball rolling.

I’m happy to answer any other questions you have on the process, if it’s within my expertise. Just leave your questions in the comments below and I’ll do my best.

Get involved!

If you want me to link to your site, you can also leave that in the comments. I’ll get the sidebar up this week so you can all connect with one another.

And feel free to Tweet your experience — I may even log into Twitter this week, against my better judgment. 😉 I’m @journalingsaves and you can Tweet using #witw (Walking in the World).

I’ll definitely be on Facebook as well if you want to comment there. Last but not least, if you have a question you don’t want to post publicly, use the contact form to drop me a line.

It’s an internet free-for-all!!!

Best of luck to everyone on this adventure. It’s going to be a blast!

14 comments

  1. I’m still working on fitting morning pages into my life. I’d love to try your method, except I already get up at 5:45, before any cafes are even open! I just need to take a good look at my schedule and find a place to put them, and then guard that place vigilantly. 🙂

  2. Hi Kristin,

    I’m going to do it – for reals! Even got my calendar ready. But I don’t know any local co-creatives. Any suggestions for where to find an online group?

    Thanks!
    Robin

  3. I’m new to your blog, but I’d like to join in. I don’t have any co-creatives around me so hopefully I can find some through this group. I have a copy of the book at home, but I haven’t followed the program yet.

  4. I’m really looking forward to this. (And I’m going to plan my walk & artist date now!)
    Can you add me/my website to your sidebar?

  5. I’m in!
    (I’m trying out the book on my iPad – this should be interesting!)

  6. I wish I could join you! Unfortunately, I spent all of my money to get a booklight for my Kindle.

  7. I’m going to try to do this! My book is ordered, and I’ve scheduled it in …

  8. I’m going to try to do this! My book is ordered, and I’ve scheduled it in …

  9. OK, here is where I’ll do any of the public sharing I can do during this project: threeofwands.wordpress.com. I’m looking forward to this; thanks for inviting us to join you!

  10. Yes, thanks for asking us to join. I’ve already been d oing morning pages first thing when I wake. I usually write in bed. I tried having a ‘date’ today but all it turned out to be was shopping at a dollar store. Two journals for a dollar each and nifty pens for a dollar each. Not bad, but didn’t get my creative juices flowing. I’ll wait till I hear more from you.

  11. I already gave you my site in your original post, and I’m looking forward to participating in this project and getting to know the other participants!

  12. i’m in! any other chicagoans?

  13. Just bought the book. I’m a bit behind, but that’s okay! These blog posts aren’t going anywhere. Right?

  14. Well, coming to the party late, but just wanted to say I’m just beginning journaling in general and was having a hard time beginning (brand new leather oberon designed journal and all!) So I am so happy to find your site and this post was intriguing. I went to the library today and picked up a copy. I might have to buy this book. Are you still in this title or on to Vein of Gold – that looks great too!