"The starting point of discovering who you are, your gifts, your talents, your dreams, is being comfortable with yourself. Spend time alone. Write in a journal." ~ Robin S. Sharma
One of my favorite parts of my April solitude month is journaling every day. I start each day with my morning meditation and then flow into writing in the journal. I am coming from that silence and stillness of meditation and I the words freely flow to my pen and paper. There is never a plan for what I will write about; sometimes it may be based on something that arose during the meditation. Sometimes it is a list of all the things I am grateful for and other times it is a dialog of thoughts about an issue I am wrestling with and usually by the end I have a plan for dealing with the situation.
I have found that writing is really a great way to get to know who I am at my deepest levels. These journal entries are only for me and so I am brutally honest about my flaws, mistakes, and areas I want to improve upon. I also share about the wonderful things in my life too. On the times that I am angry and upset about something, I release all of my feelings on the paper and then I burn the paper as way to symbolize letting go of the situation and moving on.
I attended a weeklong silent retreat with the Chopra Center entitled Silent Awakenings which was life changing. I highly recommend this retreat. During our time together, the Chopra staff shared that a journal is a listening device. It is our friend. It allows what needs to be released. I agree with these lessons as I know that journaling allows me to kind and gentle with myself as discover who I am at my core. Plus, through the writing process, I release the things that no longer serve me and I surrender issues that I used to hold on to and dwell on in my mind.
Do you have a journaling practice?
Peggy Steffens is an artist and Chopra Certified Meditation Instructor
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