Got a case of the blues, anxiety, stress, blocked? Journaling may be able to help with that. Sometimes, when we need to just get our feelings out, a journal can be our best friend. One of the best parts of the Artist’s Way classes was the morning pages. Every morning you would set aside a specific period of time and free flow your thoughts. When I started mine, it was barely legible. As I got more and more into writing, I found my handwriting improved. My analysis of this was that:
- I had a lot of stress, blues, angst…I needed to release.
- As I started seeing more and more of the value of the words, I wanted to be able to read what I wrote.
- It was journaling with my morning pages that helped me to make some very important, life changing decisions.
If you are interested in getting to know yourself, creatively and otherwise, I suggest The Artist’s Way book and/or classes. I attended the class locally and do not regret doing so.
At least, try taking a few minutes to freely write in the morning. You will need certain tools, unless unable to do so, you will need a notebook and pen, preferably. Otherwise, just use the notepad or notes function on your computer. Remember, these are your private writings, not something to worry about sharing.
Free writing is just that. Write freely the first thoughts that come to mind. It doesn’t matter how silly they sound. You are the only one reading them, so let the words flow. When you go back and read these words, you may find out that you have some ideas that you truly want to work on or flesh out.
If you have worries about someone snooping in your business you could do this in a private online journal. Just make sure it is private from everybody.
So, there you have it. I wrote this post freely with no editor. I hope it resonates with you and that you find that journaling leads a great path for self awareness and possibly prompts further exploration.
What about you? Do you already journal? What benefits has it brought you?