A pen and paper are as ageless and simple as it gets. The magic that happens when they touch is a beautiful creation available to all of us.
Whether you’re keeping a journal or writing a meditation, it’s the same thing. What’s important is that you’re having a relationship with your mind.” Natalie Goldberg
The act of journaling can be as simple as writing a daily task list, a grocery list, or an account of the trivia of the day. But the art of journaling is a deep dive into the beautiful creation that you are.
I discovered a place where my mind could settle in, be grounded and ready to face the new day. The morning meeting between me and my journal opened the door to honest solutions to problems and awareness of beauty around me.
Supernatural insights fly onto the paper, bringing clarity. Dreams are born. Grievances are disputed and resolved. New information recorded. And I close the book, knowing myself better.
Each morning as we face the page, we meet ourselves. The pages give us a place to vent and a place to dream. They are intended for no eyes but our own.” Julia Cameron
In her book, the Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron, describes a routine that has transformed life for thousands. She called them Morning Pages. I recognized the richness of journaling as a daily habit as soon as she described it.
Our thoughts are energy. They are actively doing something. When I start writing on the page, I’m bringing thought energy to a new level of my awareness.
I can spontaneously spill the thoughts all over the pages. Then, start to rearrange the words so that they reflect my authentic desires. This takes a few minutes to several days to set down a clarified desire.
I want to use a positive energy to write my thoughts. Even when I’m writing about a problem, I want to end the journal conversation with the positive outcome I desire.
Dr. Robert Schuller had a saying,” Pray the solution, not the problem.” Because I want a good outcome, I focus my attention on that. To do that, be honest about the entire problem, write it down, then sort it out.
A reliable guide for this this is the Bible verse Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, noble, right, whatever is pure, lovely, and admirable- if there is anything excellent or praiseworthy- think of such things.”
The art of journaling is an exciting walk. Sometimes you’ll make a straight little sidewalk, like a list. Or a winding forest path of discovery into why you do what you do. And occasionally you may need to dig deep to resolve a painful issue and free yourself from its bondage.
One of my favorite old TV series was Warehouse 13. The theme of this series was to find artifacts that have caused havoc, neutralize them, and put them in storage where they can’t cause any more trouble. Journaling can be like that.
Your artifacts are your thoughts, beliefs, and habits. Journaling beams a light of awareness onto them and allows you to manage them for your good.
My first pages in every journal are filled with my favorite inspirational quotes and verses. And a page of personal affirmations. That sets the tone for the thinking and writing to come.
A journal consists of pages.
- Memory pages
- Gratitude pages
- New information
- Grievances resolved
- Coaching pages
- Ideal day pages
- Goals and directions
- Inspiring thoughts
- Life adventures
- Artistic expressions
- And so much more…
If you haven’t tried it, start with simplicity. Buy a notebook that you like and a pen the feels good in your hand. Go to a place that inspires you, feels good to your mind and spirit. Be alone there. Start by writing what your perfect day would be like. This journal will become like a close friend. Enjoy!
About Bonita Mosley
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