The beautiful thing about journaling is that it’s a universal tool available to anyone, anywhere, regardless of finances, ability or understanding of self-help concepts. This accessibility makes it a powerful tool for transformation and an idea worth using and spreading.
Journaling can be used to overcome depression, gain self-awareness, express your inner thoughts and even to perhaps see yourself and your inner landscape for the very first time.
The simple act of writing down your inner thoughts opens up your psyche so your unconscious patterns can become conscious and with that exposure, those patterns can be transformed through your growing self-awareness. When you’re willing to connect with your inner self honestly, openly and courageously, listening deeply to your inner voice, it allows you to heal the wounded parts of yourself, to free up your energy so you can move into more of your potential.
Journaling, like yoga or other similar practices, can be a gateway to our higher consciousness. In fact, it’s the perfect complement to a daily yoga practice, giving voice to your feelings and emotions that yoga is awakening in your body.
Journaling is a sanctuary to which we can retreat to release our thoughts, tap into our inner wisdom, uncover answers to our challenges, hear our intuition and reveal our deepest desires. It’s an awareness practice, so deceivingly simple, that it is often overlooked.
However, the real transformation is not in the act of journaling itself, but in how it changes your thinking and behaviours over time — until you reach the point when we may not need to do it every day.
Journaling is a perfect starting point for upgrading your thinking habits. When you upgrade your thinking, your life automatically improves. Instead of needing to journal every day, you’ll soon notice that your improved thinking has become second nature. That’s when you’ll know you’ve truly been transformed.
When is journaling a worthwhile pursuit? Consider the following:
In other words, journalling can be beneficial in almost any situation or life challenge you may be facing.
So, the real question isn’t necessarily when or if you should consider journaling, but why you haven’t done so already -- it might just change your life.
Lyndelle Palmer Clarke is the founder of Dailygreatness, the author of the Dailygreatness Journals inspiring you to be your own guru and Rocking Fit a 12-week holistic training program designed especially for women.