Journalling is simply writing your thoughts and feelings hand to paper. It’s process of expression, which allows unnecessary thoughts to be systematically dissolved from brain to hand.
It’s a great place to start with sel -inquiry, the only way to self mastery.
When to write a journal?
It’s great to do after a workout and before sitting to meditate. Yes sitting, you can not meditate at the gym or on a walk this is called being in the present moment.
Burning off adrenaline is the best way to begin writing. The adrenaline fire brings a rhythm of realness to your handy work. Writing is perfect before meditation because it bins all of the thought clutter. The quieter the mind; the easier it is to reach a calm state of nothingness. Meditation.
Why you must write and not type.
The hand to paper connection, coordinates a response between the left and right brain. This lets your mind relax as your parasympathetic nervous system kicks in. Depending on your mood, you may have to scratch curses through five sheets of paper before you get to this point but generally this hypothalamic connection is why journalling can be so therapeutic.
How to write a journal?
Take a few deep breaths to become present to yourself. Ask yourself ‘how do I feel?’, then start scribbling. Be brually honest, nobody else is going to read this. You’ll likely never even read this. The power is in the process.
Benefits of writing a journal
- Prevents over expression of emotions – that cringeworthy rant on facebook, or awkward over expressions of emotion in public places.
- Prevents suppressing emotions – when everything is just “fine.” “I’m fine”
- Gives clarity of mind though uncluttering of thoughts – “blah blah bla you’re crap, rubbish, shut up”
Journalling is a type of reflection, it helps you to see yourself. A critical ability of any wholesome person.
Make it special
Remember that anything we give our undivided attention to, has the capacity to become sacred. This is HOW life becomes magic. Appreciate the small moments and doing things from a place of presence, integrity and intention. So treat yourself to a beautiful journal, a sexy pen and a new herbal tea blend to fully enjoy the moment. It’s all we’ve got.
Journalling is part of the daily routine during the RN 10-day Cleanse. A day by day online video series that talks you through step by step how to effectively cleanse your brain, lungs and nervous system.
by Chloé Silverman B.H.Sc (Naturopathy). Yoga therapist.