By request! A series about journaling, from the basics to the intricacies.
"Something has to change," I thought as I gazed at my white curtains, lifted gently by a light breeze and cast in a flattering mid-afternoon glow. Intuitively, instinctively, I turned to my old journal. As I revisited my words from five years ago, I was rather in awe at how entertaining the content was, intrigued by the blind spots and misperceptions I could now see, and surprised by some of the eloquence and insight. Inspired by my past self, I picked up a pen. I returned to journaling after years of absence. I worked up the courage to write a single sentence identifying something I could almost not bear to admit to myself. And then, almost instantaneously, things began to change.
Ever notice that the word "journal" is very similar to the word "journey?" It was in fact journaling that really launched me on my journey--when I finally put into words what I didn't want to admit to myself, things started changing in really exciting and positive ways--and almost instantaneously.
A journal is powerful because it provides the ultimate judgment-free, safe space for your thoughts, worries, ideas, aspirations, confusions, questions, and so on.
Why journal? Journaling can:
Next up: Intro to Journaling Part 2: Materials and Organization
Series in Review:
Intro to Journaling Part 1: Why Journal?
Intro to Journaling Part 2: Materials & Organization
Intro to Journaling Part 3: Setting up the Heart-Mind Space
Intro to Journaling Part 4: Ritual Writing
Intro to Journaling Part 5: Spontaneous Writing