No matter what kind of journal writing you do, there are some levels on which the process works whether or not you intend it.
Keeping a journal increases awareness, for instance. By reflecting on your experiences through the practice of journaling, you gain greater understanding, sharper powers of perception.
Journal writing can reduce loneliness, as well, by providing the sounding board that the soul craves.
And since you come to perceive your truth more closely through journaling, you are able to gain increased confidence to achieve whatever goals you set.
Here are ways you can start directly accessing these benefits of journal writing.
Keeping a journal can produce many positive and personal effects. One of these effects deals with healing the emotions.
If you take the time to make journal entries on a regular schedule, follow the thoughts presented here, and put a plan into action, you will most definitely experience improved mental and physical health.
A family memory journal is a fun, easy way to preserve family memories.
A couple of years ago I was sorting through a pile of unused journals (many given to me as presents!) and was trying to come up with a way to put them to good use.
Are you keeping a journal on a regular basis?
If you aren’t, let me urge you to start one today. The book itself doesn’t have to be fancy. Just a regular notebook will do.
Oprah has said it and so will I, keeping a daily journal is an excellent way to help yourself to a generous dose of Happiness.
In studies conducted, it has been found that writing the events of the day in a journal drastically increases your powers of recall and memory.
It also helps to ‘unload’ all the baggage you’ve collected during the day.
Congratulations – You are engaged to be married!
You are at the door steps of the most exciting time in your life. Enjoy it! Chronicle it!
Put your journey in a journal and include your thoughts and feelings. Or better yet, transform your journal into a Wedding Scrap Book.
Create a family legacy to share the memories of your engagement, wedding and life together with your children and grandchildren.
Keep a diary of actions taken, experiences and feelings as they occur or shortly thereafter. Put your ideas, dreams, goals desires and aspirations on paper.
Divorce emotions are hard enough one time, so you want to do everything you can not to repeat the same mistakes. Even if it looks like your ex is the one who made mistakes, it did take two to tango.
If you journal about the divorce, you will discover your role and not make the same mistake twice.
If there every was a time in your life when emotions run rampant, it’s when you’re going through a divorce. Wouldn’t you agree? There you are – you think your life is totally working when the rug gets pulled out from under your feet.
Don’t be surprised if during your next office visit, your doctor hands you a prescription for a journal with instructions to write a minimum of 30 minutes a day!
That’s right. Medical science has discovered what we writers have known for a long time…the benefits of journaling.
According to research documented in the Journal of the American Medical Association, April 14, 1999, persons suffering from asthma and rheumatoid arthritis significantly reduce symptoms by “expressive writing.”
Writing about (stressful) life events helps to put things into perspective!
However, important events in your life, at the time they are fresh, provide a link to your children and grandchildren. Memories fade, but a dated notation of your thoughts just before your wedding, at the birth of a child, a new house, or a cross-country move can enhance your family relationships in later years.
About three years ago, my mother at age ninety-one, decided to recall special events in her life. She asked me to compose a journal. Memories of her early life were fairly vivid. However, when she was a busy wife and mother, she could not recall many events. I solicited information from my siblings, but their memories had faded as well. Sadly a gap appears in her journal.
Whether you keep a separate spiritual journal or just want to add your spiritual postings in your regular journal, you will want to read this.
Personal journaling supports our development and growth. But spiritual journaling goes deeper. Spiritual writing is a reflection of our soul.