Tools You can Use! How to Journal!
Over on my blog, we have been talking about our Story and our Passion. I also have been writing about writing. So what if you don't have a journal or have never written in a journal before...now what?
Journalling is personal; afterall it is your innermost thoughts, ideas, personal stories, ramblings, musings, etc. So how you journal is also a personal decision.
I have kept various forms of diaries and date books and journals throughout my life. I always found it easy to journal on vacation because I wanted to document the adventure. As an interesting side note, today I received 10 of my Grandmother's datebooks/diaries from the 40's to the 70's. I have only read a small portion of them and it is fascinating. I now know where I get the 'document the events' obsession.
During the past few years I have been journalling on a more consistent basis but not in a consistent format. I use the format that feels right. In the beginning of 2011, I set up a template on my computer and would answer the same questions each day...I kept that up for about 3 months and then it faded away. It is interesting to read these entries today.
Towards the end of 2011, I started meditating and then writing whatever came to me. This is the most powerful way I tap into my intuition. Information flows to and from my brain through my hand. I always had to write and re-write my notes in school to understand and memorize them.
Now after I walk (remember 'move your chi' from last month) I always sit down and write. Ideas and my intuition are at work when I walk. I also keep a datebook with events, to do lists and random notes and ideas. And sometimes, I just sit down and write.
I will continue to share more formal ways to journal. But for now, if you have never journalled, open a new document on your computer or get a notebook you can dedicate to your journal and just start writing ideas.
There are questions to write about in my most recent blog entry, P is for Passion. You can start with these questions and see where this leads. Be gentle with yourself, there is no right or wrong way to journal.
And if you are a seasoned journaler, send me a note and share your method. I will share with our readers in an upcoming newsletter.