The most immediate benefit spiritually from journaling is that it helps us think more clearly and keeps our mind sharp.
Writing is an act of forming thoughts into something suitable that will be understood and interpreted as we partake in our Spiritual Journey of enlightenment.
You don’t need to be religious to benefit from keeping a spiritual journal, in fact anyone can reflect on their own personal belief system, regardless of whether it includes a higher power or not.
For some, a spiritual journal is a place to document daily prayers, meditations, and dreams.
It is often an overlooked tool in the self-care kit.
It can be a great way to express our thoughts and emotions, as well as explore who we are.
Journaling helps with stress management and mental health.
To also find meaning in the events of our lives that occur and inspiration when we need it most.
It encourages self-love, acceptance, and gratitude.
When writing use narrative form, poetry, pictures, or symbols.
Some people find it useful to start the day with 10 minutes of stream-of-conscious writing.
Do not stop even if you repeat the same thing over and over.
Include your dreams in your journal. Allow dream memory to bubble up.
Journaling is an inexpensive way to get in tune with your inner self while simultaneously learning about yourself!
Keeping a journal has been a strategy that has helped many brilliant, powerful and wise people become better at what they do.
To get started, begin by simply writing down keywords or phrases from your meditation or prayer sessions that have meaning for you.
Here are the basics of how to start journaling:
• Pick your tools for journaling: notebook/paper and pen/pencil.
• Pick a topic to write about, like your daily routine, what you’re thankful for, what came up in Meditation etc
• Set a timer for 15 minutes
• Write without stopping to edit or fix punctuation
• When the timer goes off read over what you’ve written and review your thoughts.
Sounds simple right?
Well, that’s really all there is to it.
Try these Tips:
Don’t think too much, just write.
Invest in a notebook or pen you love.
Embrace the connection between your hand, the pen and the paper.
Do not worry about the need for perfection.
Find a quiet place away from distractions.
Find the right time of day and make it a routine.
Define your purpose.
Think of the things in your life Mentally, Emotionally, Physically and Spiritually you want to write about. Take time to reflect on your thoughts at the end.
It also helps to sift truths from errors.
It slows our pace and helps build our faith in ourselves and our beliefs.
One of the benefits of journaling is that you can track your spiritual progress over time.
So, make sure to review your journal regularly – at least once a month, if not more often.
This will help you see how far you’ve come and celebrate your successes.
You may write something in your journal, look at it later, and see things that you didn’t see before.
Our perspectives often change as we gain more knowledge and experience, so keep that in mind when reading old journal entries.
There you have it – everything you need to know about starting a spiritual journal.
Now it’s time for you to grab a journal and get started on your own journey!
Remember, there are no rules when it comes to journaling.
Just enjoy the process and let it take you wherever it may.
It shouldn’t feel like a task on your to-do list or an assignment you need to get done asap.
There is no right or wrong way to do it!
If it feels like a burden to do it every day, consider doing it once a week, so it never gets old.
Approach it as a tool that can bring you joy and peace!
It is also not just about writing.
As you review your thoughts you can draw images and diagrams that add extra emphasise to your journaling.
It is my sincere hope that some of these spiritual benefits of journaling will spark the desire in you to begin keeping a journal or encourage you to persist in the habit.