Journaling Tips from a Fellow Journaler
I have been stuck on doing all kinds of things but writing. I have made all kinds of excuses why not so I started to ask myself why I do this and the answers surprised me. I said I do this to create a safe and loving space for myself and when I stop writing I lose sight of who I am and my ability to work through simple things become difficult. Journal Writing is the one place I can look at all parts of myself and allow whatever I need to say be okay. So I have started to write again and I start by asking questions of myself to stay engaged in the process. What a difference journaling makes even if all I do is pick it up and just say good morning, close my eyes and I am off.
By Ruth Glatt
Originally posted at Create Write Now
Eight Suggestions for New Journal Writers
1. Protect your privacy.
Store your journal in its own special place so that the temptation for others to read is diminished. Ask for agreement with your housemates that your journal is private. Reserve the first page of any new journal for your name and phone number or e-mail address, along with a notice: This is my personal journal. Please do not read it without my permission. If none of that would stop whoever might read your journal, get a shredder. Find a creative way to protect your privacy, such as a new Gmail or Yahoo! account, freshly passworded, from which to write yourself at that address. Or keep your journal on a flash drive. Make your privacy an intentional act.
2. Start with an entrance meditation.
Nearly every journal technique benefits from a few minutes of focused quieting. Use visualization, soft music, candles, deep breathing, stretches, whatever works for you.
3. Date every entry.
If you only establish one habit in your journal, let it be this one! Dating every entry allows you to chronologically reconstruct your journal by date. It also lets you hear the silence between your entries.
4. Keep (and re-read) what you write.
Often the writes that feel like throw-aways contain the seeds for future insight. Keep it, re-read it later, and surprise yourself with how much you knew that you didn’t know you knew!
5. Write quickly.
You can outsmart dreaded “journal block” by writing so fast that the Internal Critic and the Internal Censor can’t keep up. Keep your pen moving!
6. Start writing; keep writing.
Start with the present moment (“What’s going on?”) Or start with a feeling (“I’m so mad I could bust!”) Or start with a story (“Today the weirdest thing happened….”) Once you’ve started, don’t go back to edit or rewrite. And don’t think too much. Let it flow.
7. Tell yourself the truth.
Your own truth is not your enemy. Don’t try to talk yourself out of knowing what you know or feeling what you feel. Give yourself permission to tell the truth. Also give yourself permission to pace yourself. If the truth seems too bright or harsh, then slow it down.
8. Write naturally.
If there is one inviolate rule of journal writing, it is that there simply are no rules! Do what works. Don’t worry about what you’re not doing. Give yourself permission. Let yourself enjoy the process!
By Kathleen Adams
Originally posted at Journal Therapy
100 Benefits of Journaling
Know yourself and
your truth better:
Easier problem solving
It’s flexible and easy
Enhances intuition and
Captures your life story
By John Robson and Patrice Steen of Higher Awareness