Record your feelings in your journal to unearth valuable information about yourself. With a dedicated journaling practice, you will be able to reflect on the changes that arise from the simple act of looking inside.
Journaling is a tool that helps us unearth emotions that might not be accessible in our day-to-day consciousness but still strongly affect everything we do. Journaling has helped me dig deeper into who I am, bringing my likes and dislikes, fears, and joys to light. I have been genuinely astonished by what journaling has revealed to me. The following are two exercises to get you started. They are designed to help tease out knowledge about who you are at a profound level. Whatever emotions show up, do your best to welcome them.
1. Being Grateful
First thing in the morning, open your journal and write down three things you’re grateful for. It can be anything you want it to be; it is for your eyes only. These are some examples of things I am thankful for in my life:
- My relationship with Nature, the universe, and Spirit
- Living close to a hiking trail
- Fresh air
- The seashore
- Comfy sheets and blankets
- My garden
- Summer parties on the deck
2. Let It Out
For this practice, simply note what’s on your mind.
- “I am distracted when my boss puts me on the spot.”
- “I’m so fat. I can’t say no to cheesecake.”
- “I miss them. I’m so lonely.”
The cleanest statements are the easiest to address. You may find that they are also the hardest to write. I encourage you to practice writing these sorts of statements:
- “I don’t like the way he spoke to me.”
- “I’d like to learn to cook better.”
- “My father-in-law gets on my nerves.”
- “The dog is out of control.”
Or simply unwind. For example:
- “That made me so mad I couldn’t see straight. Who does she think she is?”
- “I had to get out of there. I felt like the walls were closing in on me.”
- “It was amazing; he made me feel like the only person in the room!”
As you do this exercise, you’re not looking for profundity. You’re looking for truth, your truth. Spend as much time as you need—keep writing until you’ve let it all out!