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The Art of Questioning: a journaling practice


Yes, journaling is a popular way to deepen spirituality, work out issues, find the courage to face ourselves and the world—and especially at New Year’s time, to begin again. But like any practice, it takes a period of trial and error to find the techniques best suited to one’s own particular way of processing. It takes dedicated effort to develop good journaling habits and it takes regular, focused attention to truly reap its benefits.

That’s where tools can help. Tools like The Art of Questioning: a journaling practice eCourse and JOURNAL, a new guided journal from Joan Chittister with prompts and activities to guide your reflection.In addition to the content to be delivered during this three-week eCourse, you will receive a $2.00 off coupon for the Joan Chittister JOURNAL when you register. (JOURNAL is not required for the course).

Description of eCourse Content:

Articulating the Questions
The Monday posts will have two short readings focusing on the creative potential inherent in asking questions. The post will include a quote from Joan Chittister paired with a powerful painting from Mary Helen Brancato, IHM, JOURNAL artist. Prompts are included to facilitate reflection and participants can share their questions in the private online discussion forum.

A Look Inside
Wednesday posts feature an inspirational quote from Sister Joan accompanied by a photograph to encourage introspection and deeper self-examination. An additional reading will focus on inner readjustment. Exercises from the Joan Chittister JOURNAL and the option to post your own inspirational photograph or artwork make up the participatory section which also includes prompts for reflection.

Going Outside
As monastics, we see our inner life as a guide for our outer life, for our everyday actions. The Friday posts will remind us that, “Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way,” as Benedict writes in Chapter 4 of the Rule of Benedict. The quote from Sister Joan will be accompanied by a meditation video, a short passage from the Rule of Benedict and a current news item for lectio and journaling. Again, prompts are included and sharing in the online discussion is encouraged.

Three-week eCourse begins January 7 and ends January 25
Course content will be available through June 2019