In a previous post, I talked about journal writing. The very mention of “journaling” can often elicit the following reactions – eye rolling, sighing, mutterings of “I wouldn’t know what to write” or “what a silly waste of time!” If you can overcome these biases, here are a few suggestions:
-Write in longhand, stream of consciousness, try upside down, sideways, off the margins writing. See how liberating it can feel.
– Do not re-read the pages or allow others to read them. This is sacred space, a private place on which to complain or rejoice.
-Some journals pose questions for you to answer. Try posing questions of your own. Listen for the reply, it invariably comes.
In the process of writing, we discover our own identity, not just that of Mom, daughter or employee. In order to achieve a happy and fulfilling life, you have to know what you want and who you are. Meet yourself in your journal pages.