WRITING YOUR WAY TO HEALTH – A Beginner’s Guide to Journaling

I am so happy when clients come in to see me for some spiritual or physical healing through Reiki, Yoga, Meditation and other services but these methods work best when you engage in supportive work at home. You cannot expect a few sessions to ‘cure’ what ails you when you’re dealing with chronic issues. To just go home to the same environment and patterns that made you imbalanced in the first place makes not sense! Right? Of course I’m right. After your first appointment with me I will likely give you homework to do. If you are ready to heal you will follow through. Journaling is one home exercise that can support you in your Journey to Health and Happiness. Here’s how.

There is something about writing things down that is just so cathartic.  Yes, it’s good to type lists and ideas on your phone, get it off your mind and onto the digital paper but even better if you take out that old fashioned instrument called a pen and get it down on real paper! You will notice that more things will come to you as you transfer your thoughts and ideas, feelings, inspirations from your brain to your hand, fingertips and out onto the page through a pen.  I don’t know what it is exactly that makes that stimulation happen but it always amazes me. Now, going deeper than lists we move into Journaling.

Write Your Way To Health & Happiness

Did you know that Journaling can bring Joy, Clarity and Calm?  It’s true!

Journaling can also help you to:

  • Clarify your thoughts and feelings.
  • Know yourself better.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Solve problems more effectively.
  • Resolve disagreements with others.
  • Pay ­attention to life.
  • Practice mindfulness.
  • Puts things into perspective.
  • Stop obsessing.
  • Keep your memory sharp.
  • Lower depression and anxiety.
  • Strengthen immune cells (T-lymphocytes).
  • Strengthen critical thinking.

How To Get Started Journaling

First Step: Obtain a notebook to write in!

This sweet journal depicting one of my Spirit Animals just about jumped into my shopping cart just as I was finishing the last page of my old journal. Perfect! TJMaxx – $3.49!

Any old notebook will do but I do enjoy choosing a beautiful specimen that makes me happy to look at and to work with.

Second Step: Grab a pen.

I like to use a special pen that is pretty and writes easily like a smooth glider, uni-ball, fine tip but as long as it writes you’re good to go.

Third Step: Write!

Do not fear that you have to write pages and pages of pretty looking script. No! Just a quick note will do as long as you get started. It can be quite messy as you see mine is. No worries. No one is going to read it other than you. Oh and you don’t have to concern yourself with spelling either. Usually I’m on top of my spelling but sometimes when I’m journaling I am in kind of a trance/meditational state and the way I spell things is very creative.

Some people find it helpful to choose one time of day to Journal. Most choose either morning upon awakening or in the evening before bed but you can choose any time that’s convenient. Until you get into the swing of things it is helpful to write at the same time of day, consistently. Just do the best you can. We don’t want Journaling to be just another thing on your To-Do list.

Ideally you will Journal undisturbed in a quiet place but if that is not always possible just grab some time and pop on your noise cancelling headphones. Ahhh. Peace amid chaos.

What in the world do I write you ask? You write anything you want to write. Here are some ideas:

Gratitude

Every day write just one thing you are grateful for. It can be a short one sentence blurb like” I am grateful for my health”. If you write in the morning you can think about this statement through the day. You can also extrapolate on the blurb by writing down all the things that good health allows you to do, etc.

Successes

At the end of the day write down something you did well that day, something you are proud of or an accomplishment.

Struggles

Write down any struggles or concerns you’re working through. You can go on about how it came to be a struggle and/or what you might want to do to improve the situation. Do not be surprised if solutions come out of the blue!

Ask a question

Simply write down a question that you’d like an answer to. Continue by writing your own answers to the question. New answers that make sense may appear as you write.

Stream of Consciousness

Just start writing. “Hello. How are you? What am I doing? I don’t know what to write about but I’m giving it a shot. I could use a shot. A shot of tequila would be helpful… ” and on and on and if you keep going you will get to some good stuff!

Dreams

If you’ve never written down your dreams you are in for a wild ride! Write down whatever you remember as soon as you wake up. Dreams are all in symbols which can be confusing as to what it all means but as you begin writing down your dreams meanings will come to you. For me they usually come in the form of a gut feeling but you may get clarity via visions or other sensational data.

Prompts

Some days you will know Journaling would be beneficial for you to do but you can’t come up with anything to write about. On those days you can use prompts. Here are a few to get you started but you can always google ‘Writing Prompts’ if you need more. Here’s a link I found for 1 prompt for each day of the year.

  1. I am here on this earth to…..
  2. The earliest memory I have is…… and it makes me feel…..
  3. The top five things I want to accomplish this year are….
  4. I am inspired to…

So there you go. ABC, It’s easy as…1, 2, 3, Or simple as… Do-Re-Mi, A, B, C, 1, 2, 3, baby you and me girl! (Yes, I’m a big Jackson 5 fan!) Get going now! Journal your way to health and happiness and let me know how your’e doing. HAVE FUN!

Love, Lisa purple_heart

Owner Reiki of Greater Boston, Waltham, LIfe Coach, Yoga

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