By Shelley Hill Young
Send out the energy into the world that you want to see come back to you. That’s what Jen Snyder calls an “energetic boomerang.”
Jen notes that as we enter the month of July, we’re under the sign of cancer, a water sign, a time when emotions tend to be strong. July 13 also marks the first of three eclipses, which also tends to be a more intense time, she says.
“It’s a high-voltage time to really be aware of our thoughts,” she says.
In other words, it’s a good time to focus on the positive and to set clear intentions about what you want to happen in your life.
With her HMS Log Book, Jen gives women a tool for starting off their day with all the positive vibes. The journal provides structured space to encourage you to start the day with gratitude and with setting a positive intention.
“Those things will return to you all day long,” Jen says.
Jen began her search for mindfulness after she had her daughter and later separated from her husband, went back to work and had to reinvent herself. She says the complete lack of time and space for herself drove her to develop a very focused way for her to track her daily actions so she could be more aware of how they affected her body, mind and spirit – her overall well-being.
The method she developed to notice larger patterns and connections eventually became the HMS Log Book. The ninth edition is for journaling from July through December 2018.
But it wasn’t until about 10 years later that she first published the journal and shared her method with others. She says a bad breakup and a “crappy job” convinced her it was time she needed to do something for herself.
“I no longer wanted to respond to everyone else’s fire,” she says. “I wanted to create this dream that I’d had that wouldn’t go away. It was like this relentless tapping on my shoulder.”
She says she knew that since the Log Book had helped her steer her way through challenging times, it would help others, so she took a leap of faith.
“It was crazy and made sense all at once,” she says.
Today, Jen leads classes, workshops and retreats that focus on mindfulness and help guide your experience with the HMS Log Book.
Women, Jen says, are often pulled in multiple directions and are called to “multitask times 1,000,” so it can be hard to make time for self-care.
“We have this culture of hustle,” Jen says. “In retrospect, there are times when you need to be introspective, to hibernate. Nothing in nature blooms all year.”
“You do not have to perform like a rock star every day. That is unreasonable.”
New Moon Gathering
7 to 9 p.m. July 10
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579 King St.
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Take the Captain’s Oath found at the beginning of the HMS Log Book. It concludes, “I will always remember that am doing the very best I can at the moment and that every tomorrow is a new opportunity to make healthy choices for my mind, body and spirit.”
Easy self-care tips:
Epsom salt can work as an energetic cleanser, Jen says. Salt cleanses any energy that is hanging around. And it’s very grounding. Soak in a tub or use it as a body scrub in the shower.
To ground yourself, literally get your feet on the ground – in the sand or on the soil. Washing your hands is grounding. The water flows from the faucet through pipes and down to the ground. “If you’re having a bad day at work and can’t get away from the office, get up and go wash your hands,” Jen says.