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With all the questions that I receive on journaling, I felt the need to add a write-up in my blog along with an answer out there. You can rest assured, my articles aren’t too long or overbearing. You can skip any time you like, but you’re most likely to prefer reading (unless this is really not helpful to you).
What is a Mindful Journaling?
People who ask about mindful journaling are definitely aware of a normal journaling too. So how is it different from the normal journaling?
There is a thing called writing-in-peace. While people think that writing is something you’d do only when you want to, I still say it’s partially true. Writing is not just about ‘you want to’, but, it’s also about ‘you need to write because you have to’!
Let me share my story with you – I have forever loved to write. As a teenager, I’d love to carry a diary with me at all times; not because I want to write, but because I loved writing and it had to be everyday. I wrote about any and everything that I felt, should be in my diary.
However, there were days when I wouldn’t want to jot down anything at all (and you know, that’s only normal! It’s okay to not feel the need to write always). But somehow, I got into a practice, and it used to make me uncomfortable if I wasn’t writing everyday.
In fact, I never realised I was heading towards mindful journaling. When I dug in deeper, I recognised the inner-peace it was giving me. Apart from the entire day full of activities, writing in my diary kept me close to myself. It reminded me of how important it is to take charge of my emotions and feelings, by understanding it completely.
That, is what mindful journaling does to you!
What else do you get from Mindful Journaling?
A mindful journaling does not only help you understand yourself and your total potential, but it also assists you in looking at your surroundings with a different perspective. It lets you soak up the positivity around you, by writing down detailed observation.
However, we all have a busy schedule. Taking out time to look around and grasping the nature or people is generally not in our ‘to-do’ lists. But if you plan on taking your journaling seriously, you can push it to a whole new level!
It isn’t an easy process to begin with. People struggle to keep this routine going on for a long time. Some give up in a few months and some cannot keep up with it for more than a couple of days.
Before you start mindful journaling, there are some questions you need to ask yourself. These questions will get you answers to why, what, how and when you should start mindful journaling.
- Why do you want to start a mindful journaling?
- What would you like to add to your journal?
- How are you planning to make time for your journaling?
- When are you ready to start?
These questions might not seem helpful right away, but as you begin answering them, you’ll know what you need to do.
To thrust your confidence, here are a few tips that’ll help you with the exercise:
- Understand your Need – The first thing you must know is yourself. If you want to start journaling only because you feel you should write a diary, you won’t remain resolutely dedicated to the activity. Figuring out what you want to write is the first step towards making it look important. You need to extract a meaning out of your willingness to write.
For some people, writing a journal means taking some time off the mundane programme. It helps them incorporate their personal interest as well in their lifestyle. Some take mindful journaling as an activity that lets them look at things differently by observing everything closely in detail. They make this a practice to focus well.
- What do you Like? – You may not know immediately what you are interested in, but as you start writing, there’ll be many ideas flowing in. You must allow yourself time enough for your heart and mind to create a common ground. By doing so, you’ll know where your interest is inclined and follow it next.
Sometimes, we confuse our interest with things that look attractive. Don’t fall for that. Follow what your heart desires. If you want to write about how emotionally incapacitated you’ve been for years and want to break free, do that. Don’t write something because it sounded interesting when someone told you.
- Determination is the Key – Once you have decided to get into a mindful journaling, you must acknowledge the time it demands. You cannot write a beautiful journal today, and get through with something tomorrow just because you promised yourself to not miss it. The quality of your writing will gain its pace every time you are honestly giving yourself in to mindfulness. Do it today… do it tomorrow… do it everyday!
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