We are born into stories. Since time immemorial and the days around the campfire, we have been telling stories. Some stories we carry with us about who we are and what is important for us and we build connections by re-telling these stories. This journal is a canvas for documenting these life stories. It offers you a space to jot down or doodle those small things that get you happy, content, and joyful. And yes, it may be from any story of your life or something that you saw or felt. It can be as vivid as reliving a childhood memory, rewinding your favourite playlist, scrawling words that you hold close or even illustrating secret maps to your hidden wafer packets.
Just as the origami paper-folds, a new conversation that we engage in, shapes our life’s journey and opens up a new direction of thought. This journey of ‘becoming’ is magical. This is the idea behind the title of ‘Origami of Becoming’.
This journal space hopes to be a witness to our life experiences via doodles, scribbles, ideas & more. The intention behind the diverse guided prompts in this journal is to direct us to our happy, comfortable and safe spaces, on the not-so-good days. Sometimes we turn to our personal care team of friends, family, pet, neighbours or colleagues. At other times, we recruit our own skills and know-how on addressing the thoughts we have. ‘Origami of Becoming’ hopes to be a companion on all such occasions.
Origami of Becoming’ is created by Bimba Chavan and illustrated by Mita Chavan. This doodle journal has been inspired and influenced by the ideas of Narrative practices. Narrative therapy practices seeks to be a respectful, non-blaming approach to counselling and community work, which centres people as the experts in their own lives. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to reduce the influence of problems in their lives. One of the key ideas is that people are an archive of knowledge. You and I are one of these people. So here we have an opportunity to engage with ourselves and make our story more visible.
So take out the time to wander. The pages of this journal are waiting to witness your dreams, hopes, experiences and more. Open this journal whenever you may have a story to tell.
A zine-version of Origami of Becoming is available as a free resource below.
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