The POWER of Journaling
Updated: Oct 19, 2018
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Have you ever heard the term, never make important decisions when you’re tired? There’s a lot more truth to this phrase than you may realize. Don’t think about work and goals and money when you’re tired, otherwise you’ll have a pessimistic outlook towards it, since your tired inner cynic comes up when you’re emotionally drained. A great way to interrupt the cycle of a negative spiral is to start journaling.
When you’re going through a challenge, instead of living in your head and thinking about the problem on repeat, be aware of your thoughts and write them down. The act of writing a challenge disconnects your brain from the problem, leaving your brain open to the solution. For example, you could write something like, “I am worried about my money” and either write some solutions or walk away from the journal. Walking away is still a release of a toxic pattern. Write your stream of consciousness, which means whatever comes to your brain will be written down, no filter involved. You can burn the paper afterwards as that also helps you release anger. This is a proactive, positive, and mature way to deal with your problems in comparison to directing your anger towards people or your work.
You can also use an object as a trigger to hold your troubles. So let’s say there’s a tree in front of your house; when you come home from work you can touch the tree and put your work issues into the tree so you can enjoy stress-free family time. Going back to work in the morning, you can touch the tree again to get those thoughts back into your head so you can solve them at work. This is what happens in the journaling process, you take the thoughts out of your head and put them on paper or in your computer, which disconnects you from those thoughts and gives you the opportunity to see your problems from another perspective.
The books I write are my experiences, I get real and raw with myself, and in the process I expand my mind and soul. With practice, I am able to write what life is all about with greater clarity. What I’m trying to say is that in order to get better at simplifying and solving your issues, you need to consistently practice writing. Eventually you’ll understand your patterns and have the capacity for greater solutions. It’s ok to be stuck in between doors, but people are so afraid of sitting with their confusion that they either run back to the old door, or quickly pick a new one. What they don’t realize is that the most growth happens when you’re in between doors. Someone on a spiritual journey takes in all of life, the good and the bad, the human experience. Writing in a journal expands who you are.
Imagine taking an empty battery and trying to use it, and getting mad when it doesn’t work. This is what we do with our bodies when we’re drained. Instead it’s a lot more productive to recharge via meditation, napping, getting away for the weekend, hanging out with people, being spontaneous, or doing whatever energizes your soul. That way when you get back to your goals you’re a lot more clear and passionate. Notice the areas troubling you the most, pick one problem and sit with it, have a conversation with that problem as if it’s a real person.
For example, if you hate your boss, sit at home and imagine talking to your boss. Better yet become the boss, talk to yourself, as this anger could be an asset. You can say something like, “why were you such a prick today?” and respond to yourself. Talk to the part of yourself that you’re denying and disowning, re-own the anger and frustration, and become more intimate with that feeling so it can go away. This is called shadow work, which is the dark side of our personality that needs to be brought to light. Manage your dark side and you not only respond to people with less fear and frustration, but you become a truly mature individual. Life is a bunch of waves, and what goes up must come down, so don’t be afraid of sitting with your discomfort. Know thyself, be thyself, physician heal thyself, meaning step up and take control of yourself and your growth.
To your continued evolution, live it up with POWER, PURPOSE & PASSION!
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