In this new world of instant everything and no time for anything, how do we find the time to get in touch with what is really going on inside us? We take in life in bite-sized chunks and find little room for contemplation, let alone to digest what is happening.
Starting from The Inside
Have you tried Julia Cameron’s “Morning Pages”? I enjoyed the structure of her program, but found the time it takes to write 3 full pages each morning really cut into my early morning.
I had time to either journal or walk. Walking usually won because my dog didn’t didn’t really enjoy my journal writing.
But journaling is so valuable! Here are 10 great benefits of writing a regular journal:
- Capture great ideas and creative thoughts
- Decide about and design the life you want to live
- Discover more about yourself and those around you through your writing
- Organize and sort out your thoughts and feelings
- Track your progress as you live out the life you are designing
- Acknowledge what is happening in your life and what it means to you
- Recall the good times and bring them back into your active memory
- Relieve stress by having a non-judgmental place to let it out or let go of whatever is bothering you
- Savor the special moments – capture them so you can return to them again and again
- Feel and even get better!
Look at that last one. Isn’t it amazing? Studies have shown regular journal writing lifts your emotions and gives your sense of well-being a boost so you feel better. More than that, research shows regular journal writing actually improves your immune system!
I wanted all that. So I found a compromise.
Because I liked the purposeful structure of the ‘morning pages’ exercises, I used them as a base to work out a series of short journal exercises that I could do before walking in the morning.
To achieve significant results within a short, compact journal time, I needed to incorporate tools that would enhance the benefits of writing a journal. I studied those who have mastered the art of journaling.
I researched the journal writing tools and techniques used in therapies of all types, and I incorporated all my research on Viktor Frankl and the art of finding meaning and purpose in life.
Some things worked better than others and, over time, I refined the process and it evolved into a very specific, defined program that has a profound effect on your sense of life and well-being.
And the program takes only 5 minutes a day!
If you already have a daily journal or gratitude journal, you can fold in these special carefully structured 5 minutes for added benefits.
If you’ve never done regular journal writing, it provides a simple, easy structured and supportive way to get going and develop the habit that adds enormous value to your every day life.
If you are ready to get more out of life, try it.
I am thrilled with the results, and so are the people who are using it!
Author: Sue Hines