I have been journaling on and off for a few years and I find it very helpful, in fact, that is how my book ‘Letters to Matthew’ evolved.
Journaling is a type of writing which invites you to document your thoughts and feelings into a personal book. Unlike a diary where you keep a note of your daily activities, journaling invites you to explore your thoughts and feelings through emotional exploration. It can be effective in helping you clear your mind and establish important connections between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours; it can even reduce the effects of mental illness. This type of reflective writing gives you the opportunity to pause at some point during day and write down what is really going on inside.
It takes commitment to turn journaling into a positive habit, but it is a healthy way of reflecting on how you are in the moment, and how your day has been. When you write down your thoughts and feelings daily in your journal it encourages you to slow down and explore what is going on in your life. It also strengthens the relationship you have with yourself, helping you to understand yourself better.
Journaling also encourages you to focus on any positive experiences you may have had during the day. Anything from someone smiling at you in the queue, to noticing a beautiful flower on your walk to work.
Reflective writing can be an opportunity for you to practise an ‘attitude of gratitude’. This was a game changer for me!
Over time journaling can give you clarity and also help towards creating a strong emotional resilience to difficult life events.
We are all going through our own personal journeys but how many of us travel along in automatic pilot? It can be easy to create bad habits when we allow our thoughts and feelings to just carry us along without really noticing how they effect our behaviours and reactions.
Journaling invites you to connect on a much deeper level which connects you to your heart. Your journal book can be your companion, helping you to find clarity and direction in your life. It can be your safe space to document, explore, set intentions, process your thoughts and feelings and guide you on your path to self-discovery.
Use a good old-fashioned pen and an inspiring book to write in and ditch the keyboard. Light a candle and create a sacred space somewhere quiet where you won’t be disturbed and allow your words to just flow.
“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
I highly recommend this book written by my friend Narinder Moore called Reflections: A guided journal: The heart centred approach to greater clarity, direction and purpose in life. It is available on Amazon here.