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Journal for 10 Minutes: Lifestyle Practice

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Write in a Journal for 10 Minutes Every Day

Simple Instructions:

  • Each day, sit down and write in a handwritten journal.
  • You can use any form of journaling you like. Choose something that suits your need and personal style. Two simple examples are a diary-type reflective journal or stream-of-consciousness writing.
  • Don’t worry about the content. This is not art. It doesn’t even have to be legible or considered writing.
  • All thoughts are fair game. Don’t censor. This is for your eyes only.

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Why Is This Practice Important?

Most of the time, thoughts seem to have a life of their own. They bounce around uncontrollably in our heads and operate on their own schedule, coming and going as they please.

Unexpressed thoughts can be the worst. When you don’t get them out somehow, it’s like keeping a cork in a bottle — whatever is in there now will stay in there, running your show on its terms.

Taking time to get uncensored thoughts out of your head and onto paper can free your mind for other things. If it’s important stuff, you’ve recorded it and can move on. If you don’t need to remember it, you can even burn it and be done with it! The simple act of releasing the thoughts can give you the freedom to take your own mind back.

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Michael Stanwyck
Michael Stanwyck is the co-founder of The Whole Life Challenge, an idea that developed during his seven years as a coach and gym manager at CrossFit Los Angeles.

He graduated from UCLA with a BA in philosophy as well as a degree from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, and feels food is one of the most important parts of a life - it can nourish, heal, and bring people together.

Michael believes health and well-being are as much a state of mind as they are a state of the body, and when it comes to fitness, food, and life in general, he thinks slow is much better than fast (most of the time). Stopping regularly to examine things is the surest way to put down roots and grow.

He knows he will never be done with his own work, and believes the best thing you can do for your well-being starts with loving and working from what you’ve got right now.