Mapping The Inner Journey

Writing is a great process for so many things. I liken it to that photograph you capture every now and again that leaves you feeling on top of the world. You feel lucky because it turned out to be everything you hoped for and more. 
Writing in a journal can create the same feeling.  First you just have to let yourself go and write what comes to your mind before you start playing mental mind games with yourself. Just push it out and write everything. It is only for you so it doesn't really matter what you say and how you say it...just do it. The joy is when you go back and read it. I find it is when I come back to read it later whether it be a few days, weeks or months that I find what I am looking for. For me it is the beginning of the next stage and I start writing again....adding one layer onto another. I guess it is my form of meditation. It works for me. I came across this a few months back, printed it and saved it in one of my journals. I like having it close by. For those of you who share an interest in keeping journals, this one is for you.

Mapping the Inner Journey
Journaling as Meditation

Of the countless forms of meditation we can use, journaling offers its own unique benefits. Most meditations help empty the mind of concerns and bring positive ideas from our mental landscape, but journaling helps us anchor that experience in the material world. Not every person is attracted to meditating in seated silence, and journal meditation is a nice alternative as an active meditation. It allows us to trace our journey and see where we have grown and what lessons we may be repeating. By employing a different part of the brain than creative or inspired thought, writing or typing a journal can create a greater sense of connection and union with our physical selves and the world around us.

In working through challenges, it can be helpful to first empty all worries from our heads onto the safe pages of our journal. Fears can be brought to light rather than allowing them to haunt the dark corners of our subconscious. We may even feel heaviness dissipate once our heads are free from clutter, leaving space for inspiration and the creation of positive images in their place. Often in the process of writing out all the details of an event that troubles us, something that had been forgotten will come to the surface, providing a missing piece of the puzzle. Then we can truly begin to come up with answers, and write them down beside the worries to map the way from concern to constructive thought.

For capturing guidance and flashes of inspiration, journaling is ideal. This is especially true in the case of dreams, which often fade as we awaken. While working toward goals, keeping track of progress as well as guidance from readings or divination tools can be encouraging. Though it can be difficult to keep all of our guidance in the front of our minds, if we write it down it can serve as a reminder whenever we need it. We can a
lso use our journals to converse with our higher selves or even the universe. Journaling offers yet another way to unburden mind and spirit, while also creating a record of the present and preserving our hopes and dreams for the future. From Daily OM

Where is my favourite place to write? In a cafe, with my ipod, plenty of pens and at least one or two journals and a pad of paper. Inevitably, whilst writing, ideas come to mind..lots of ideas and I do not want to miss a single one!

Image taken by me: Botswana

1 comment:

  1. Jeanne - what an amazing photograph! And a thought-provoking post. I never really thought about it, but as I consider it, you are right - getting it out is important, and going back is when I reflect and consider its import, and impact. I haven't kept a journal in years, but you have convinced me it could be a beneficial outlet.
    Have a wonderful week - I hope all the beautiful things you share with us come back to you.



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