Do you journal? Over the years, I have kept many notebooks. During difficult stages of life, my handwriting covers the page. In happier times, my writing is as light as I was feeling. Looking back at my journals is like peering into my own personal archives.
When I look back at the challenges I processed through my journals, I cultivate more compassion for myself and realize how far I have come. When I read about positive events, I experience the joy of the moment all over again.
Journaling has allowed me deeper insight into myself. By putting pen to page, I process my emotions in a way that allows me to recognize how and why I am feeling in any moment. This ability to feel the wide range of feelings allows me to experience them all at a greater level. I experience them as they flow through my life.
I often see how my wishes and dreams have come true in their own time. I have often written lists of goals to cross off the list many months later when reviewing my journals. My journals also act as a reminder that challenging times will pass, and joy will return again. If you are new to journaling, or have long put down the pen, I encourage you to develop this practice of self-reflection.
To inspire you, here are 7 journaling prompts for you to begin:
- Some of the things that make me happy are . . .
- Describe a dream that you had recently.
- Using 10 words, describe yourself.
- Make a list of everything you’d like to say no to.
- Make a list of everything you’d like to say yes to.
- What aspects of your life are flowing well? Which aspects are not?
- Nobody knows that I . . .
What has journaling brought to your life? We’d love to hear about your practice in the comment section.