It was recently recommended that I start journaling again.
Let me just tell you, it’s been a long time since I journaled on a regular basis. But the suggestion couldn’t have come at a better time. Because I was open. Because I was ready. Because I was about to experience an outpouring of thoughts and emotions and new ideas.
Why journaling didn’t “work for me” in the past:
I thought I had to journal every day, at the same time each day. . . . Who has time for that?
I thought I had to write something profoundly important, eloquent or so private that I wouldn’t want anyone to ever read it, . . . so why, I ask, would I even consider writing it down?
I would start journals, forget about them, and stop. Then, I’d find them and feel like a failure as I looked at all the empty pages. . . . Why bother setting myself up to feel bad?
I’m sure I could think of more reasons right now, but frankly, I have many other things that I need to be doing. . . . Yes, there are more “important” things to be done.
Why journaling “works for me” now:
I give myself permission to write whenever I feel like it and about whatever I want.
When I have an idea, I have a designated place to record it. (When I wasn’t “journaling,” I would write ideas in various notebooks, notepad, sheets of paper that would end up all over the place, creating more clutter in my life.)
Writing releases the thoughts from my mind, so I can focus on other things and be more present with activities and people I care about. . . . oh, and get much better sleep.
It helps me to work out questions and explore creative energies.
Seeing my thoughts written down helps me to review where I’ve been and determine where I want to go from here.
I keep a small, reusable journal with me at all times now. I can scan selected pages and upload them to my phone or computer if I so choose. Then, I wipe each page clean and start anew.
I know that my journal is there when I need it, but I don’t feel obligated or pressured to write everyday or about anything in particular. I just write when I feel moved.
Journaling helps me to make sense of experiences and to integrate new ideas into my life.
Journaling opens up channels for the birth of new ideas. (Number 9—symbol for gestation, rebirth)
And that’s all I have for now. In the true spirit of my new journaling approach, I will sign off and leave you to decide. . . . Could journaling, possibly, be for you? Perhaps. Who knows? It might be worth a try.
With gratitude . . . for this life, . . . for the pain and suffering that was necessary for me to discover my inner strength and my inner light, . . . for knowing that pain is the touchstone to spiritual growth and that my peace is exponentially deeper because of the depths of pain I have experienced in life, . . . for learning to not only accept but to embrace the whole of life that connects us all as we explore what it means to be human in this world.
With love for all beings everywhere.
The light within me honors the light within you. The spirit in me sees the spirit in you. Namaste