One of the most common myths about journaling is that we don’t have anything to say.
Usually this means that there are so many areas of life to look at that we don’t even want to begin. There are relationships, careers, houses, cars, children, activities, health – so much to focus on. Where do we even start? This leads to a feeling of paralysis.
Aw, we figure, just let it go and turn on the tv.
Instead, we can begin right where we are. A journal is not a diary; we don’t need to record our daily doings. Instead, we pick up a pen and write, perhaps the date and the time, and how we are feeling at this moment. Restless – calm – tired – frustrated – whatever it is. Then we go on, and write a bit about that. Maybe we’re calm because we took a long walk, or we’re tired because the day’s work stretched longer than we would have liked. If we don’t know what to write, we keep writing, “I don’t know what to write.”
Journaling this way is like putting up a sign to the subconscious: ‘Open for Business.’ We are allowing our intuition, our wiser self, to speak. And we are willing to listen. The more we practice this, the easier it gets. Once the inner self is acknowledged on the page, it begins to speak. And what it has to say is often interesting and always helpful.
Exercise: Commit to a 15 minute writing session by picking up a pen, opening to a blank page, and noting the date and time. Begin with this sentence: “Right now I’m feeling . . . ” Complete the sentence, then continue writing.