One of my many favorite hobbies is writing an inspirational daily journal. It is not easy to write, especially when the writing is honest. Sometimes, it is similar to walking wearing nothing around the street. It could expose your soul bare. Sometimes, for some, it is easier to overexposed their skin rather than their hearts.
Include Your Honesty:
I once took a writing assignment that left me emotionally exhausted. And that’s when I understood the incredible power of writing. The subject: Grieving and How it Affects Family Members. Two things happened with this job. One: I learned not to take another assignment on grieving. Two: It allowed me to release old emotions out of my chest and heal faster.
I never wanted to share my words in the past. It felt like a hidden secret allowing my emotions to be honest on paper. Only those few trusted souls had an open invitation to my soul. In the past, only three people had such trust with old drafts: a publisher and writer, who showed me the stars. A scientist, who made me fall in love and brought down those stars for me. And my little sister, the best friend anyone could have and the most compassionate shining star in my life.
Share Your Personality:
Public writing requires boldness and courage. To be able to face the fear of acknowledging how we feel and end up sharing those fears anyway. When our words are free and publicly open, we increase our vulnerability and open ourselves to outside criticism. That is why I wasn’t ready in the past. I’m a much stronger person, and I like myself now. Including my words whether these are perfect or not.
Negotiate With Your Feelings:
It will feel magical once you finally win on the commitment of seating down each day and write your dreams or fear. Give those fears a name, a timeline and a due date in your life. Describe those fears with details, expose their ugly faces. Acknowledge your concerns that you understand that their existence is only to push you harder to another level but negotiate with them that they can’t stay forever. They need to move on away from you and open up doors to bring new things in life. And approach your dreams on words the opposite way. Open new doors in your mind by staying connected to your ideas. Write them down daily.
Embrace Uniqueness and Originality:
Our words are similar to the uniqueness of our faces. No other person on this planet has your face. You see it every day in a mirror and have become familiar with how you look. This familiarity has made you surpass the absolute originality of your features, and your face has become another day-by-day routine. Daily habit had caused you not to pay attention anymore, However, one day, you bump into a stranger at an event, who honestly admires your features, declares that there is nothing like your facial authenticity and emphasizes about the shapes and contours that make your face… YOU. Would you see yourself as original, different and unique?
There Are No Such Thing As Imperfections:
Writing is similar to such a discovery, it doesn’t have to be perfect, but it needs to show your personality, uniqueness, and originality. No one else. Journaling and writing when done often turn into self-discovery, and we become similar to the stranger admiring unique features on us and rediscovering the part of our souls that we kept covered or we didn’t know of its existence.
Seven Benefits of Daily Journaling:
Here are some benefits of starting a daily journal.
1. Confidence: Writing each day about your goals, ideas, sentiments or dreams in a positive way makes your brain to continue practicing positive thinking. Positive writing and thinking will help you release endorphins to help you encourage your self-esteem and confidence.
2. Improves Memory: There is a connection between your hands and the brain. Journaling is a group of new ideas or thoughts coming together while writing.
3. Establishing a Habit: Practicing journaling at the same time on a daily basis helps you building or keeping habits. The same as any new skill, the more you practice journaling, the better you become.
4. Healing Old Wounds: The author of the book “Writing To Heal” talks about the fantastic benefits of daily writing on individuals. He is a doctor who practices making his patients write often. As a result, patients heal from past emotions from either psychological or physical crisis. Journaling also helps combat stress from over-thinking and excessive planning. The more you organize your feelings and thoughts in writing the freer you’ll become from the mental drama.
5. Get Smarter: writing has a positive association with intelligence. It increases your search skills to new words and vocabulary.
6. Similar to Mindfulness: Recent research has connected happiness and mindfulness. The daily process of journaling could bring you to a comparable mental state achieve while practicing mindfulness. Mindfulness helps with letting go of the past and stop being anxious about the future. Journaling and mindfulness both require concentration and a non-stressful connection with your mind and thoughts.
7. Self-Awareness: Journaling helps you recognizing and handling emotions and feelings. It increases your intuition and empathetic skills.
Several Ways To Start a Journal:
The easiest way to start an inspirational daily journal is by writing three sentences each day before the end of the day. Simple but highly beneficial.
A much crafty way is doing freestyle writing. Sitting down with pen and paper (not a laptop. Not a cellphone) and make your heart free to bleed through words (kidding). Many things will come from this type of journal. It will range from healing to self-discovery. But also from creativity and reinvention of ideas. I love doing freestyle writing after I finish listening to a chapter in Audible or after I finish reading a great paragraph on a new book.
The most famous and highly recommended journal is the gratitude journal. Writing down from 5 to 10 sentences daily of what you feel the most gratitude in your life. This type of journal is famous for the right reasons but mostly because it is life changing. Magic will occur, and it will be created by your own personal writing. Gratitude tends to have a domino effect. The more you practice, encourage, and acknowledge gratitude and appreciation; the more it repeats itself. Like a boomerang. You send the good; you get the good back.
Everytime you read or listen to a quote you like, write it down on your cell phone or do a screenshot. Save it as the subject of your journal at the end of the day. Sit down to write with that sentence quoted as the primary inspiration for your writing that day. Start your journal by writing your different description of that quote. Apply it to your life and experiences, and start writing as if you were the author of such quote.
There is no need to choose one single way of writing for the journal. I write in all types of techniques every day. It all depends on the mood I’m in. Recently, I vary from freestyling to gratitude. But when I’m over exhausted or emotionally tired, then I do three sentences. Of course, there are days when I have skipped my journal altogether. Start your journal and then choose along what works best for you.
With Love, Wen
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