One aspect of Do-In yoga is to strengthen your connection with your soul and your intuition. This feeling that you often have in your belly, coming with cramps when something unpleasant happens or with bubbles of excitement when you experience something positive. This inner wisdom or instinct that we tend to ignore as we live in a society that favours decisions made by our head.
I think they are many ways to get in touch with the wisdom of your soul, Do-In yoga is just one of them, and Janet Conner describes another way in her book “Writing down your soul”.
In her book she describes how journalling has helped her to fight depression, take back control of her life and saved her from therapy.
I like her approach, especially also for highly sensitive people as many of us do already journalling and like writing.
She came to a point in her life where she didn't know anymore how to turn her miserable situation around. Instead of looking outside for answers, she looked insight by starting a conversation with her soul via journalling. Her soul gave her answers. She followed her soul’s wisdom and totally changed her fate.
Apart from her interesting life story that many might be able to relate to (money issues, low self-esteem, terrible relationship and custody battle with her ex-partner) she explains and backs up with research why journalling is better than psychological therapy and gives a lot of hands on tips.
Compared to normal journalling the big difference in her approach is that you actually have a conversation with your soul. The key is to ask questions to your soul when you are writing and to follow the answers.
She calls it a conversation with god/soul/inner wisdom …
For her full advice check out her book.
Quick summary of her recipe for soul writing:
Create a writing ritual with a set time each day. To make soul journalling a habit she recommends to write every day for 30 days. Include a salutation and closing to the entity you selected to have the conversation with (your soul or god or a spirit).
Open up. This means writing down what is bothering you or what happened to you that day. Include your deepest thoughts and feelings about these situations. Now comes the key: ASK questions and write fast. Janet gives a lot of examples of the type of questions to ask like “What am i afraid of?” or “What do i need to stop to change the situation”. The question should give you insight into yourself or the solution to a situation. Now write down fast the answers that are coming. They are coming straight from your soul. Writing fast is important to prevent our inner critic to awake and question the answers we are receiving.
You close by thanking for the conversation.
Follow up. You actually implement the advice and more importantly you start believing that you are worthy of a better life, some luck and a miracle.
I tried her soul writing and I got some great insights into situations that i frequently struggle with.
There is also a corresponding mediation in Do-In yoga to tap into the wisdom of your soul. You can check it out here.