Keeping a daily journal isn’t a practice I’ve managed to stick to. Once in a while I’d sit and fill 4 or 5 pages in a notebook, but it doesn’t come naturally to me to do it every day. Not even every other day…. Or even every 12th day. I used to beat myself up over not being ‘disciplined’ enough to keep up the practice. I’ve gotten over that now. My style with most things is to have less structure and more do it when the mood strikes (#semihotmess) but, I do like to write things down to get them out of my head. This translates to post it notes all along the edge of my computer monitor, a full bulletin board in my office and a purse full of torn paper and scribbles on the backs of envelopes.
As a habitual worrier, still working on ways to lessen the stress, I especially love to write down things I want to let go of. I’ve tried for most of my adult life to just *not* think about things that are worrying me. Unless I’m meditating, my monkey mind has usually got the best of me. But I’m getting better! In 2012, while reading the fabulous book ‘Outrageous Openness’ by Tosha Silver, the Universe, and Tosha, shared with me the most simple and practical method for taking these worries and giving them a place to reside that she called a God Box. It’s been a practice that I’ve actually stuck to – which is a freaking miracle, and I’m so excited to share it with all of you!
It’s so simple. Write down that worry, that nagging thought, that desire you wish to manifest, fold it up and put it into some type of container. A plain box, a fancy box, a basket with a lid – anything you choose. When a new worry comes up, write it down and put it in. As Tosha says, “You don’t even need a clear concept of God to do this.” So you can make the offering to anything that resonates with you. Give it to the Universe, to God, to Mother Earth, to Buddha or to the moon… you get the idea. This is not religious. It’s an act of self care. It’s taking this abstract, usually exaggerated, sometimes all-consuming thought, and releasing it. Sweet surrender.
Here’s my favorite part: When the worry or thought comes up for you again just remember what Tosha says “If it’s in the Box. It’s done.” And you don’t need to only submit one worry at a time. IF IT’S IN THE BOX IT’S DONE.
Through this act of genuine surrender, you can breathe, relax and detach from all outcomes. Offering our problems and worries up in this way makes space for solutions to begin to appear. They WILL appear.
This practice has worked so well for me, I not only use it on a consistent basis, but I got the calling to began creating unique, one of a kind boxes specifically for this purpose in 2014. I love, love, LOVE to make these boxes! You can see the current collection here. (Did I mention I love to make these?) Each one is different. And with my whole heart, I believe when I make a spirit box, it’s a direct order coming in from Spirit – and it already belongs to someone.
Just letting it go is not easy, but adding a Spirit Box, God Box, Prayer Box, Wish Box, Intention Box or Sacred Box – whatever you want to call it – to your daily practice, it definitely can make it easier.
So now I want to hear from you! Have you heard of this practice before? Have you used a Spirit box? Tell us below in the comments!