5 Steps to Journaling with Ease

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I have recently decided to start getting back into journaling.  Journaling is a great way to let go of negative thoughts or anxieties, and to have a place to write down all of your positive thoughts and manifestations.  I find that it creates a clearer mind and helps me better understand myself, giving me a way to explore all the directions life has to offer.  Overall, journaling is a very good practice to have and I am excited to bring it back into my routine.

Some like to journal in the evening before bed.  This can be a great practice for releasing your day.  Another effective way of journaling is doing morning pages.  Morning pages are the brain child of Julia Cameron, International best seller of The Artist’s Way.  Morning pages are done right when you wake up, in that time before you are fully awake.  She suggests writing 3 pages of unfiltered, free writing, every morning.

In my opinion, there is no right or wrong time to journal, and don’t necessarily feel pressured to write a certain amount.  Figure out what works best for you.  I find that for me, waking up first thing in the morning, grabbing a pen and writing freely about anything that comes to mind for as long as I feel I need that day, is gratifying and centering.

Here’s where to start:

Get yourself a journal.  Something that you love, and will love opening up and scribbling in, every day.  I have a few half-empty journals from over the years that I could have used, but I kept procrastinating on starting to write again because they just didn't feel right.  It wasn't until I walked into the art store one day and saw the most perfectly simple, yellow, Moleskin journal that it clicked.  That journal begged to be written in.

Keep it on your nightstand, with a pen.  You want to be ready to grab it and start writing.  You don’t want to have to search the whole house to find a pen, just to end up too frustrated or time crunched to start writing once you find one.  Also, if it’s in a place where you will always see it, either when you first wake up or right before bed, then you will be more likely to pick it up regularly.

Write out your mind wanderings.  You may not remember a dream every morning.  You may not remember your day dreams throughout the day. But if you do find insight into these subconscious thoughts, write them down.  Just put pen to paper and let the thoughts come out, whatever you remember, even if it doesn't make sense.  By becoming more aware of these thoughts, it can help us become more aware of ourselves and our true nature.  Eventually, you will find that the more you write, the more you remember, and the more often you do this, the better you will become at getting in touch with your subconscious.

Write out 10 things you are grateful for.  This is a great way to reflect on your day and set you in a positive mindset for the next one.  When we focus on the things we are grateful for, and send gratitude and appreciation into the world, then positivity will be your new natural tendency.  It’s so easy to emphasize everything that is not going right in our lives.  Shift that view, and you will start to see just how much IS going right.  This, in turn, will open you up to even more good things to come.

Let the thoughts flow.  Finish off by writing down whatever comes to your mind. Don’t worry about what it sounds like.  Use your unique voice and just write. Don’t over think it.  As individuals, we experience many things in life which others also experience, but what makes these events unique is YOU.  Love that, accept that, and express yourself as the incomparable person that you are.  No one will have your story except you.  Don’t be afraid to tell it, even if no one, even yourself, ever reads it.