Journaling, an often misunderstood or overlooked practice, reaps a fulfilling reward. One who invests time and effort in practicing these skills gain a sense of joy that aligns with pursuing a personal passion in the unknown.
Just like a body needs to be utilized — the same applies to your spiritual and psychological health. This phenomenon is commonly known as atrophy: the gradual disintegration of a cell or muscle due to inactivity.
Life can reflect your inner harmonious state of being if you make the conscious effort to let go of trivial things that distort the permeating stillness at hand. For me, I was fortunate enough to awaken to this truth by setting a time aside throughout my daily routine to journal: whether it was related to my professional or personal growth.
The more and genuine you thank the universe, the deeper you feel at peace with the present.
The mental space effect
Journaling fostered a welcoming and accepting environment that enabled me to process my thinking patterns. Making an effort to introspect on such thought-provoking feelings and emotions awakened me to the space between the inner observer and the flow of those flitting thoughts.
As the routine began to take effect, I progressively recognized how my feelings also changed by adopting this approach. Whenever I sensed a sense of restlessness or unease, I would force myself to write down those impulses. In doing that, I rapidly learned valuable tools that allowed me to be empathetic towards my self-improvement.
We often tend to be our harshest critics, and it heavily contributes to our detriment because we allow the influence of those thoughts to take effect in our perception. Becoming mindful of this mental activity essentially protects, to a degree, from those hijacking thoughts.
The harder you try to resist unwanted thoughts, the more they direct your flow.
As you practice these skills, it quickly becomes part of your routine. Few stimulating prompts to consider when adopting this change would be to:
- Introspective journaling (examining your thoughts and satisfaction with your progress)
- Gratitude journaling (what are you thankful for)
- Poetry, creative writing, concise witty stories
- Planning out your dreams, goals, and aspirations
- Weekly personal inventories (your highlights and lowlights of the week)
Self-care is a necessity
Our modern era is rapidly advancing, and the rein of technology has certainly not made these volatile changes bearable. Attention has quickly become a valuable commodity, everyone is essentially competing for your attention, whether it is the glooming news on the TV, the pressures of social media, or other personal crises.
Journaling awakened me to the importance of addressing my wellbeing. As a caregiver, it would behoove me to tend to my health and wellness — so that I can help others to the best of my abilities. To embody such a positive attitude, I had to start journaling as a way to kickstart this type of growth, and to say the least — life genuinely took a turn once it became habitual.
To be the best, you must be at your best and in tune with your mind, body, and soul.
The timeless effect
Journaling your most cherished memories about a particular experience in life gives you the gratification to revisit those feelings whenever. A noble habit that has sustained me through difficult times is to read back through my chronicles about trips or experiences that have a profound impact on my life.
I recently finished writing through my first ever journal, and the lessons that I have gained from this investment have profoundly affected my mindset for the better. It is something that I dearly hold in my heart. Not only is it a part of me, but it inspires me to pursue my passion.
Attune to the eternity at hand and transcend this fragmented illusion of time.
Thank you all for reading, and thanks to Dr. Christine Bradstreet for the great (Change Your Mind/Change Your Lifestyle) platform that fosters a culture of positive growth and togetherness.