May 13, 2020

Benefits of Keeping a Journal

Journaling is older than the written word. Men and women have been tracking the significant events of their lives since cavemen were drawing crude pictograms on walls. It is in our DNA to draw, write, process and document our journey through life. Some of this country's most beloved treasures are the journals and accounts written by the founding fathers and mothers of America.

Whether you are planning out a new business, processing your thoughts in a safe place or creating a documentary record of your journey through life, journaling is an effective way to sort through life's challenges and questions and create new outcomes.

There are three big benefits to keeping a journal:

●Exploration of possibilities - what might be
●Expressing the processes of life - what you've lived through
●Gaining personal historical perspective - what you've learned and seen

It can also be a rewarding part of your personal spiritual journey to explore the possibilities. Journaling creates a safe space to ponder any and every idea that comes to mind. Sometimes one of the best ways to manage the overwhelm of life is to empty your head of the thoughts, ideas, and information running through your mind. Writing down the information frees you up to let it go - even if just temporarily. The brain is no longer required to manage as much information, and you may find your emotional state benefits from the lighter load as well.

Journaling your thoughts, challenges, inspiration and dreams flexes your imagination and fires neurons that expand on the ideas you've documented. Writing things out creates a space for ideas to come and be catalogued. Then you can go back and add details to the overall ideas or let them go if they no longer suit you. The simple act of asking yourself "what if" invites the possibilities to come. Writing down the ideas that come to mind makes room for you to explore what it would take to make them a reality.

Express yourself - Just as art, music and dance are forms of expression, journaling is a fundamental way that people express themselves. Whether you are doing Bible journaling, bullet journaling or writing long hand in a leather bound book filled with empty pages, you can express your spiritual and / or authentic self in a very profound way. No two journals are alike and there is great power in having an outlet to share whatever is on the forefront of your mind, occupying your heart, or being discerned in your spirit.

Expressing yourself gives you an outlet to help you manage the emotions of a difficult period or circumstance in your life. The activity of writing in a journal can be a way to recharge your batteries and perform needed self-care. Journaling can give a pathway to a passion that you can write about, draw, or capture, and some of your biggest ideas may start to take shape when they have your full attention.

Remember what has happened - Life is fleeting. What you are experiencing today is going to be a memory in a very short amount of time. What you feel about life, happiness, sadness, elation, or confusion won’t always be the case. You won’t always be pregnant. You won’t always be in the beginning stages of starting your business, or considering a shift in your personal spiritual path.

 Journaling creates a timeline where you can live in the moment and reflect back in the future. Nothing is better than going back and revisiting who you were back then and recognizing how far you’ve come and seeing that things really did work out for the best.

Being able to see how you worked through issues and made it through can be extremely beneficial. One day your family may read your journal and have a new and profound understanding of who you were and what you were managing at different times of life.

Journaling has a myriad of benefits that come alive when you move the thoughts and ideas from your head to a journal. There are undeniable advantages to exploring the possibilities, expressing yourself and in documenting your historical perspective on life. 

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About the Author

Dianne M. Daniels is a Consultant and Candidate Unitarian Universalist Minister that empowers intelligent, passionate women to discover and manifest the best of who they are and who they want to be.Her signature program, The Spiritually Authentic Woman, teaches how to create a new, more joyful life as you let go of living the way OTHERS think you should while tapping into your uniquely authentic spirituality.

Dianne Daniels

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