I have written about journaling before and how I use it to help me. About a month or so ago I got out of the habit. I was talking to a friend a lot via email and texting and just kind of put the journaling aside which is not a good thing for me.
Journaling catches all the wild ideas, runoff and runaway emotions, the incomplete thoughts, the stupid and unfounded worries or suspicions that don’t really make sense, and all the excuses we make for why things didn’t work, why we can’t do them right now, why we can’t afford this or that and so on. When I don’t journal, all those things just kind of build up into an emotional bubble that will eventually pop somewhere and on someone.
Journaling is a great outlet and can be used in so many different ways. I wish I had started journaling years ago in some of the different ways I use it now. I have a few journals I write in every day, but I also have a dream journal for those dreams that just stick around and need further contemplation, or investigating. I have a prayer and meditation journal which is a great way to keep track of issues, and the resolution of them. I have a writing journal that holds outlines for future story ideas, characters that have walked into my head and might make their way into a story someday, and even scenes or sketches of places that I might use later.
Dr. Wayne Dyer mentioned in his book “Excuses Be Gone,” that if you want to change a habit, sometimes you need to speak to your subconscious mind and tell it that you are now aware of that habit and you intend to change it. This makes you more aware so that you recognize the action the next time it comes into play, and it triggers your mind to stop and make a decision to either do what you have done in the past, or change things and go a different direction. I do this in my journals as well, I write it out and then remind myself to go back and read it to make sure I am still aware and still going in the right direction to change those habits that I want to get rid of.
If you haven’t been journaling or haven’t kept up a journal, then I urge you to pick up the habit. It’s a great way to put down goals, track progress, realize dreams and make things start to take shape in your life.
Cherry Coley ©