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If you like to journal, you’re probably a reader too. Chances are there are a few meditation, spiritual or self help books on your bookshelf.

I like to start most mornings off with a page or two from one of my favorite meditation books. Something I’ve also begun lately is to select one or two phrases, or perhaps just a few words, that sum up what I’ve read. I write this on a 3×5 index card and carry it with me throughout the day.

At first, I tried to vary the message each day, but lately I have found this has the best effect if I hang onto one card as long as it still has its ‘magic.’ Each time I glance into my purse, where I keep the card, I am reminded again. The card I’ve been carrying lately has just a few words -“Hopeful and Expectant.” This spoke to me from a reading about four days ago, and the message still holds its shine. When it becomes mundane, I’ll try a new one.

Exercise: Take a browse through a favorite meditation, spiritual or classic book – one you love and return to over and over. Find a phrase or two that resonates, and copy it on an index card. Carry the card with you for a day, a week, or as long as the words hold meaning, then repeat with a different card.

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