Inspiration from Maya Angelou

Inspiration from Maya Angelou

“Listen to yourself and in the quietude you might hear the voice of God.”       –Maya Angelou                        

These words were the final tweet from renowned writer Dr. Maya Angelou, who passed away May 28, 2014. Best known for her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou was an inspiration to many, including me.

I’m a collector of inspirational quotes, and Maya Angelou has supplied me with many. Here are just a few of them:

“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”

“When you know better, you do better.”

“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.”

Quotes can be great journaling prompts. For example, I used Angelou’s tweet, “Listen to yourself and in the quietude you might hear the voice of God,” to journal about the different ways I listen to myself. And, of course, journaling itself was on the list! I journal to listen to myself, to hear that still, small voice inside me that is my inner wisdom.


One of my favorite journaling techniques is the Inner Wisdom Dialogue. On the page, a dialogue looks like a script:

                     Me: I’m so overwhelmed! How can I best spend my time and energy?

                     Inner Wisdom: Spend your time and energy on things that feed your soul, your creativity.

                     Me: But there are so many important things I need to do.

                     Inner Wisdom: Feeding your soul IS important.

Try writing a dialogue with your inner wisdom, that wise part of you that knows what’s best for you. You can also dialogue with your Higher Self, your Higher Power, God, or any other expression you may have of your inner wisdom. What matters is not what you call it but that fact that journaling provides a way for you to access it.

After the dialogue, reflect on what you have learned from your inner wisdom. You might be surprised by the insights you gain!


✎ In what ways do YOU listen to yourself?✎ 


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