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The Art of Journalling – olivthelabel

The Art of Journalling

The more regularly and the more deeply you meditate, the sooner you will find yourself acting always from a center of peace.

Swami Kriyananda

 

We are living in a state of constant movement, my mind is always in a flurry and the thing I am in search of is a practice that can ground me and allow me to be still.

Ironically, in a time of quarantine and self-isolation, where my body is still, my mind seems to have reached new levels of unease and panic. Something that I have started practicing regularly is journalling. The act of putting words to paper has magically allowed breathing to become more expansive, and my mental space to be at ease.

So Why Journal?

I started digging into why this age-old practice is so therapeutic and powerful. And what I came across is both so simple yet profound.

  1. Embrace your worries. The act of putting pen to paper is a way to embrace and manage anxious thoughts. By writing them down on paper, you can transfer your worries out of your head and into your journal. This allows you to process your thoughts clearly through words instead of letting them be trapped in your mind.

  2. Allows for Reflection and Manifestation. Reflection on your experience allows for growth and understanding of the self. Writing out your journey, your experience and where you are now is a great way to measure and examine how far you’ve come — and allows you to reflect on where you want to go. You are the protagonist of your life story and this only reassures the notion that you are in control of how you want your story to unfold.

  3. Create a “Brain Dump”. Someone I know used this term once and I absolutely love it. Often times, having a lot of good ideas can be a stressor. You want to remember everything but you don’t know how to organize them: where to take note of it so you can find it later, what to do with it, etc. Creating this list allows you to jot down whatever random thoughts that you have. (For example, one that is on my list is a reminder to “Explore, put yourself out there and don’t get too caught up with what others are doing.”)

Not sure how to start? Here are 3 prompts to get you started.

  1. What would make me happy right now?

  2. What would I be doing if money or other people’s opinions didn’t hold me back?

  3. What does my ideal day look like (i.e. where are you, who are you with, what are you doing?

Final thoughts.

  • Keeping a journal doesn’t have to take up a lot of time. Vow to do a minimum or 2-3 minutes a day, but ideally, in order to really be able to settle and feel into the process, aim for 5-10 minutes.

  • Try to do it daily, but also don’t worry if you fall off the wagon . The most important thing is to get back into it.

  • Be honest. Don’t limit yourself.

  • Don’t erase anything. Nothing is wrong.

  • Read back over your words from time to time. It is always interesting to see how your focus changes and growth that happens over time.