"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us." Ralph Waldo Emerson
For some, this act of pen to paper is soulful, grounding, cathartic and energizing. For others it's torture, difficult, frustrating and stressful. Journaling evokes both types of feelings and emotions. Maybe you've kept a journal since you were a teenager or don't write anything beyond a grocery list.
Wherever you stand on the idea of journaling, stay with me here because if you are looking to generate some magical energy then stay tuned.
Before we dive into why you should journal let's chit-chat about what it is. In its simplest terms it's spending a designated amount of time on a regular basis, preferably daily, writing down your thoughts, feelings, emotions, dreams - all that inner stuff that no sees or hears. Typing away on your computer doesn't quite cut it. There's is something about the intimate connection between pen and paper that draws out that stuff in the deepest, darkest corners of our being.
When I ask clients to start a journal practice I equate it much like a meditation practice. It's personal, it's individual for your lifestyle and needs. Mainly, designate a time of day you'll journal every day and a length of time. I have clients that set a timer - totally ok! Then get comfortable, get a cuppa joe or tea and start writing. Doesn't matter, just start writing. Just let it flow.
Remember journaling is like any other type of exercise, it takes time and practice to establish a rhythm build that writing muscle.
"Words are a form of action, capable of influencing change". Ingrid Bengis
Journaling taps into that part of us that we may keep dormant, quiet or secretive from others. The practice of journaling can be therapeutic to help you heal, energizing to help realize your dreams or thoughts, manage stress in your life or even learn to connection with your true self. As I said, journaling is some amazing, magical stuff.
The benefits of journaling are truly endless. I actually came across a list of 100 benefits of journaling - check it out at http://www.appleseeds.org/100_journaling.htm. Now if that doesn't get you interested in journaling I don't know wh
What lies beneath your surface is a vast amount of insight and information into your most sacred thoughts, emotions and dreams. Sometimes the idea of unleashing all that can be a little overwhelming. If you are new to journaling or looking for a more structured journaling practice, then I highly recommend Julie Cameron's "The Artist Way". You can follow her program step by step or incorporate aspects that resonate with you. Make your journaling practice your own.
Start out slowly, a little each day and see what you can unleash!
Until we meet again, live, and write, vibrantly my Friends!