Journaling was a practice that I picked up and dropped several times as I was growing up. In high school, I treated my journal more like a place to vent and compilation of to do lists. Getting older, I slowly trickled out of my journaling routine. It wasn't until a few months ago that I realized how beneficial journaling was to me all those years and how helpful it could be to my life now.
You see, there's something wonderful to be found in a quiet moment alone with a pen and paper. I could feel my thoughts slowing down, as if to meet my body, and then to meet the blank pages. Journaling gives me a moment to really understand my thoughts and myself. Especially as a HSP (highly sensitive person), taking a moment out of my day to really tune into what I am feeling can help me to feel grounded throughout my day.
Having a safe place in those pages allows us to be vulnerable and raw, letting ideas and opinions flow without question. Using the journal to release emotions after intense situations can become an almost therapeutic process, I always find an immense sense of relief after journaling about a stressful time.
So here's some tips to get the best journaling experience.
1. Set aside a specific time of day that is meant just for you and your journal. I write in mine after I meditate each morning, it allows me to tune into my inner being and really investigate how I feel, what my intentions are for the day, and any divine downloads I may have received during meditation. I treat my journal sessions as though it were an extension of my meditation, so very quiet, calm, maybe with some incense or oils! Of course, this may not be as easy for everyone so just setting aside a few minutes at the end of each day can be extremely powerful too!
2. I like to take time and answer some food for thought questions some days too. In fact I've created an e-journal full of thought provoking, self reflective questions to answer on the days when the writer's block hits! I find these questions to be very useful in really defining a sense of self and authenticity.
3. Brain dumps are my go to form of writing- picking up the pen and dumping on the paper whatever may come to mind. The goal here is to let the words flow effortlessly, no scavenging your brain for the perfect sentence. This is a powerful way to connect with your intuition, I find that the less I think about what to write next, the more profound my message ends up becoming!
4. Write for however long feels comfortable. Sometimes, brain dumps can be never ending and other times, extremely short. I try to aim for at least a page worth of writing each day, but somedays that feels a little unnatural and I really only have a bit to say. Don't stress about writing for 10 minutes or for 3 pages, just simply write what you feel needs to be written.
5. My last tip is to reflect! A few times, I've caught myself weeks into writing without having reflected once! I think one of the most important parts of a journaling practice is taking the time to look over what you've previously written. Take this time to truly comprehend what things effected you most, what goals have been accomplished or realized, what actions you'll need to take moving forward, and so much more! It's also really cool to see how you may have grown as a person or how your perspective may have changed over time.
I hope that these tips can help you feel confident as you sit down in front of your next blank page, knowing that you are not only going to feel so much release but you can experience beautiful growth from it as well.
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