I always used to be obsessed with journals. I guess it was the universe’s way to tell me to start writing down my thoughts and feelings on paper so I can facilitate my own healing. However, I would never write in them. I would probably fill out a page, at most, but then leave it at that. I couldn’t even re-gift it if I wanted to because I had already used one sad, lonely page. Yet the collection of journals continue to grow. For the past three months I have been undergoing some deep energy healing and it was benefited me tremendously, but nonetheless it’s still scary and doesn’t feel good, and I can’t help but wonder if that’s why I never wrote in all of those journals I have collected over the years. I think I just never really wanted to come face to face with my wounds and hurt from the past.
Alas, I’m a little more than halfway through my first REAL journal (read: committed to writing more than just one page) and I’m almost feeling a little sad thinking about the time where I’m finished with it and I need to move onto a new one. It is help me so much to come into light, facilitate my own healing, and really discover and uncover what has been brewing underneath and dictating all of my feelings, actions and life decisions thus far.
i’ve been able to receive clarity in my purpose in life, my passions and what really fuels my soul. I’ve been able to uncover all those old patterns and limiting beliefs that have been ingrained into my energy and my aura.
If you find yourself wanting to use journaling as a means to facilitate your healing and reflect, I advise the following:
Embrace it. Don’t be afraid of your thoughts and feelings. If they start to feel icky, fearful and uncomfortable, then there is a reason for that, and burying/ignoring those feelings and thoughts is not going to do you any favors. They will continue to reside underneath the surface and dictate your emotions, feelings, and life.
Feel all the feels. “You have to feel it, in order to heal it”. Sit with these thoughts and feelings. Acknowledge the emotions that come with it. Honor them. Its part of the healing process. If you have to cry, do it. If you want to punch pillows, go nuts (make sure it’s an ugly one). If you want to scream, get angry or resentful, feel it baby! Its alll part of the healing process and we need to feel all of these feels in order to heal. Make sure you are extra kind to yourself these days. Get pampered, drink nourishing teas, adorn yourself in comforting clothes and blankets. Watch feel good movies. Trust in someone to talk about it all. Get reiki healing. Make an appointment with your therapist. Take care of you!
My favorite part about journaling: you can reflect. I love looking back a few weeks ago, or even months ago, and seeing where I was at that moment. I love seeing patterns in my thoughts that repeat entry after entry. Its my best way to gain clarity with what I am truly experiencing and feeling. Bonus: its a great way to write down some of your best ideas and have a moment of “dayum- I’m a freakin’ genius!”.
If you have a hard time journaling or don’t know how to start I recommend putting time aside for just 5 minutes in a quiet space. Just start writing what ever is on your mind- seriously, start anywhere, and just keep writing. Don’t stop. Even if you go on tangents, even if your thoughts are scattered- don’t judge, and just keep on writing. Eventually you will see that your subconscious thoughts will start to peek through, and you may find yourself writing about things you didn’t even know you felt or were thinking.
Also, feel free to use prompts, like questions or statements. “What made your eyes sparkle when you were younger?” “Choose 3 things you would like to accomplish this year.” Like I said before, just starting writing your responses to these prompts without judgement. Let that pen and your thoughts flow in unison and uncover the truth to many of your own questions.