Creating Resilient Cultures in Healthcare

Journaling is Not Writing

Journaling is one more important way to focus on and express your intention. It is so valuable because you access different information in your subconscious mind when you commit something to the page, as opposed to thinking about it and processing it in your breathing, movement, and meditation.

If you don’t consider yourself to be a “writer,” it doesn’t matter because you are not really writing; you are journaling, and it’s only for you. There are no rules or formalities followed in journaling. It is writing as a stream of consciousness, with whatever comes up for you at the time.

I invite you just to put the pen to your page and go, totally dismissing your internal editor and critic. You can make lists, word associations, random thoughts, poetry, and even rants or raves. Write without judgment and be completely open to what reveals itself.

Some of my grace practitioners are initially concerned that the ranting and raving they journal can sound like whining and negativity and, therefore, might be counter-productive. If your journaling focuses on any fear or hostility you may be harboring, isn’t it great to get it out of your head and into your private journal before you start the rest of your day, instead of taking it out on your youngest child or the guy who cuts you off on the highway?

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