I was out with a friend, eating delicious cake and chatting and laughing when she asked me "So, why journal anyway? What's so special about it?"
I was so surprised, I nearly spit out my cake!
Why journal? How could anyone not see the magic of journaling?
But as I tried to answer I realised I didn't really have an answer.
I mean, it's not easy to explain with words - it's a feeling. It's about diving into the magic in your heart. I told her I'd think about it and come up with a better answer so here I am.
Well, there is a different reason for every person asking the question. Barack Obama, President of the United States of America:
In my life, writing has been an important exercise to clarify what I believe, what I see, what I care about, what my deepest values are. The process of converting a jumble of thoughts into coherent sentences makes you ask tougher questions.
In my friend's case, she had a lot of questions about how she really wants to be living her life.
But, in the whirlwind of daily life she feels like she has no time to step out of her day-to-day routine and take a look at what's going on and what needs to change.
This is where a journal can totally help! By spending just 5-10 minutes a day with that question: What do I want it to be like? She can start to discover the answer.
If she keeps coming back to it, for just 5-10 minutes every day, looking over what she has written and adding new ideas, she goes deeper into the question each day.
The depth of clarity you can find using this process is startling.
(And you can do this with ANY question you face in life.)
Why journal? Because your journal can help you go from having no clue about how to do something to mapping out a clear path to it, in only 5-10 minutes a day.
This is a way of accessing your creative genius.
Why journal? Because daily journaling, over time, can help you:
- Get to know yourself better
- Process, heal and transform difficult situations in your life
- Uncover your creative gifts
- Feel more confident about yourself
- Get clear on what you really want
- Find your intuitive voice (and the courage to listen to it)
- Make positive life changes
Just through the simple act of taking your thoughts, ideas and feelings out of your head and putting them down on paper. My students continually report being STUNNED by how much magic they find in their journals.
Why journal? Because it makes you get clear.
Keeping your thoughts, ideas and feelings swirling around in your head keeps them vague.
The act of writing in a journal turns confusion and uncertainty into clarity and vision. It brings you back to your center, your power and your inner magic.
Of course, it won't all be glitter and rainbows.
The act of getting clear includes getting clear on what needs to change. It means facing your fears. It means working through some really hard stuff, which is why I recommend taking quality journaling classes that can lead you through the hard parts (like mine!).
Why Journal? Because it brings you back to yourself.
Writing in your journal is quality time with yourself, you real self. Not the roles you play or the patterns you live in, but the real you.
It's a spiritual and creative practice that will transform your whole life.