My journal was given to me several years ago by a dear friend who had lugged it back from India in her backpack. The day it was given to me was the day I finished reading Eat, Pray, Love. We started the Journal Project last month at Prairie Yogi Magazine. So here I sit, lounging on a sail boat anchored off of Cobia Island in the South Pacific (so Eat, Pray, Love of me- right?) writing in my journal.

From time to time, I'll look back at older entries. In the very first few pages of my journal I had transcribed two excepts from Eat, Pray, Love. I seem to always go back and skim over them at just the right time in my life. I wanted to share them with you and if one – or both- resonate with you, I encourage you to transcribe them in your own journal. They've been awesome navigation points for me if I'm feeling a little unbalanced or unsteady in my life.

Petitioning the Universe
I explained to Iva my personal opinions about prayer. Namely, that I don't feel comfortable petitioning for specific things from God, because that feels to me like a kind of weakness of faith. I don't like asking “Will you change this or that in my life that's difficult for me? Because who knows?- God might want me to be facing that particular challenge for a reason. Instead I feel more comfortable praying for the courage to face whatever occurs in my life with equanimity, no matter how things turn out.

Iva listened politely, then asked, “Where'd you get that stupid idea?”
What do you mean?”
Where did you get the idea that you aren't allowed to petition to the universe with prayer? You are a part of the universe, Liz. You're a constituent- you have every entitlement to participate in the actions of the universe, and to let your feelings be known. So put your opinion out there. Make your case. Believe me. It will be at least taken into consideration.”

I have a history of making decisions very quickly about a man. I have always fallen in love fast and without measuring risks. I have a tendency not only to see the best in everyone, but to assume that everyone is emotionally capable of reaching his highest potential. I have fallen in love more times than I care to count with the highest potential of a man, rather than the man himself, and then have hung on to the relationship for a long time (sometime far too long) waiting for the man to ascend to his own greatness. Many times in romance I have been a victim of my own optimism.

Ending the calendar year is always so much fun and it's one of my favourite times to write in my journal. I list all of the goals I've accomplished this year, note the changes in my life and plan my intentions for the year to come. I'm a strong believer in the law of attraction, and for me, writing down my intentions always seem to keep me on track with what I want to have manifest in my life. Do you use intention/inspiration boards to attract things into your life? Has it worked?

Happy 2013!

Reporting and sending love to all of our Prairie Yogis from Cobia Island, Fiji!


Monique Pantel is a photographer, writer and passionate yogi living in Winnipeg, Canada. She also happens to be the online editor and creative director for Prairie Yogi Magazine. Monique loves to create, whether it's writing, cooking, painting, photography or free-styling fun sequences on the yoga mat!
Find Monique online at her website here.


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