Journaling is my most significant spiritual practices. Over the years, it has brought enormous value to my life. It is a potent tool for creating mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing.
If you’re feeling stuck or nervous about the idea of opening up on the page, don’t worry! I will walk you through 3 steps you can take to start your journaling practice.
But first, I want to share 3 reasons with you why I feel journaling is so powerful – and how it changes my life daily.
Regardless of whether you are writing a blog or a book or if you’re just jotting notes down in your journal, writing gives us the chance to integrate the thought processes that happen inside our brain.
We all have busy minds – mine is like a disco party of thoughts sometimes – and so documenting everything that is on our mind on paper helps us to become present. It enables us to find clarity amongst the noise and make strong conclusions and decisions about what is happening in our lives.
As we document our thoughts, the ideas flying around in our minds become integrated. Suddenly we can have “A-ha” moments where we a) find an answer to a question we had, b) gain a new perspective on a challenge, or c) know what to do to solve a problem.
Journalling provides us with the space to pour our feelings onto the page. It brings us back to our truth and allows us to access the answers we need. This alone makes it a profound practice to work with daily – and a reliable source of creativity and inspiration.
Did you know? Research has shown that many great leaders, from business to philosophy, carried a journal or notebook on their person. They recognised the power of writing their thoughts down to access deep wisdom.
Our busy lives often mean that we live in our minds. Our thoughts fly around at a million miles an hour every day: what we need to do, where we need to go, what worked, what didn’t work.
It can get noisy – but when we take time to journal, it helps us to slow down. It gives us the chance to unwind our thoughts and connect with the true feelings we have about our current situation.
This can bring heart-opening experiences and deep, lasting healing to our lives. I have experienced countless moments where tears ran down my face while I journaled.
As well as these powerful benefits, journaling also decreases our stress levels by giving us the chance to let our feelings out instead of bottling them up inside of us for days, weeks, months, years or even decades.
There is no judgement when you journal. It’s a record just for you – and it’s there 24 hours a day. It is a sacred and safe space for you to be yourself, express what is within you, and find your way to the other side of whatever you are facing in your life today.
In my next blog, I share with you 3 steps to begin your journaling, including helpful prompts to get started.
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