Happy #21DaysOfMe Saturday! Today’s mindfulness challenge is focused on journaling. We’ve teamed up with Sophie Gray of Way of Gray to bring you all the ways to establish a journaling practice. Check them out below!
My journal (or diary, as I used to call it back then) was one of my most treasured possessions when I was a kid. I’d arrive home from a tough day at school, creep into my bedroom and pour my heart out into its pages, knowing that I could safely express myself without the fear of being judged, or punished or excluded somehow. I felt heard, accepted and completely safe as I wrote in my journal, even if the world outside felt like a very scary place.
But somewhere in the years that followed, I stopped writing. I forgot to connect with my inner self and express myself, and so life became understandably tough. I became a victim of my inner thoughts and emotions, I was fearful of everything and I simply avoided those challenges in my life. Boy, did I suffer!
That was until one happy day, I found my old journal and remembered just how healing writing a journal had been. So I picked up my pen once again, restarted my journaling practice and took control of my thoughts and emotions instead of letting them take control of me. I fell deeply in love with my journaling practice once again.
You see, journaling allows you to feel at peace with yourself, to let go of negative thoughts and emotions, and to feel love within everything you do. It gives you that safe space you need to express yourself without fearing what other people might think or censoring yourself. It empowers you to face your emotions, no matter how difficult they are. It allows you to start living life on your own terms.
Within my workshops, programs and coaching sessions, I’ve witnessed the total transformation that a journaling practice can spark, and I’m here to help you do the same in your own life. Here’s how to start your own journaling practice.
All you need to get started is a pen and piece of paper! If you want to get the most from your session, I recommend you find a quiet place and settle into your breath before diving in. Then simply answer the question: How am I doing today?
Allow yourself to be vulnerable and real and let yourself be guided by whatever’s coming through for you. Resist the urge to hold back—you’ll only be holding back from yourself if you do.
You can use your journaling practice to become more reflective and explore your inner self. You can face your issues and challenges, consider what to do with your life, let off steam or even allow it to cultivate some love into your day. This might include writing yourself a love letter, exploring your gratitude list or simply thanking the world for this opportunity to be you.
Whatever your personal journaling practice looks like, be consistent. Make time at least once a day (twice would be even better) to put your pen to paper and reconnect with your inner self. You’ll be amazed at the difference. And to really kickstart your journaling practice, why not challenge yourself to write in your journal for 21 days in a row? I promise after the first try, you’ll be hooked!
Looking for ideas? Check out my free Journaling Tribe to receive a fresh question every day.
Today’s Challenge: Post something about yourself that you’re proud of—we’d love to know what it is! Use #21DaysOfMe.
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Sophie Gray is obsessed with helping you reconnect with your inner self. She’s a meditation expert, a journaling pro and loves nothing more than helping people dive deeper into themselves to find the stillness within. Through her channel, Way of Gray, she share her tips, tricks and cuddly puppies. Find her at Way of Gray as well as on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.