As you may know, I am an advocate of Journal Writing.
There are many advantages to writing in a Journal, some much more obvious than others. Writing in a Journal is definitely a supportive tool on your path.
I can spend days writing about all the techniques and wonderful results that can come from Journal Writing… Today, I will focus on just one.
In my opinion, one of the best benefits of Journal Writing is - Sorting out feelings. I’m not just saying this, I know it from experience.
I’ve had a few very difficult periods in my life. Through a burn-out, marriage break-down and work related issues, I’ve had to sort out my feelings to be able to figure out what to do next. Sometimes, taking some time to myself, sitting under the energizing rays of the sun, perhaps a glass of wine on the coffee table, I could let my mind relax and tell me what’s been bothering my subconscious.
The act of “thinking about things” alone creates a whirlwind of emotions in your mind, making it very difficult to sort through. Even talking about issues is tough when you’re not entirely sure of what the problem is all about. Plus, your surfacing emotions may be too overpowering to let you think things through. Journal Writing is like forcing you to sit down, calm down and organize your thoughts to get a clearer picture of the situation.
Sorting out feelings also means recognizing them. In all my difficult situations, I have had to figure things out practically from scratch. I went from a position of complete ignorance as to what was happening to me, to slowly uncovering hidden emotions. There were feelings such as fear, anger or hurt that I couldn’t admit to myself. These all eventually came out in my Journal.
The way it always works for me is this: I start by writing anything… Hi Journal, How are you? Then I start telling my story, why I’m confused and so forth. Soon enough I’m on a roll. My pen brings out thoughts I didn’t even imagine existed in me! Once the emotions are uncovered, it is easier to work with them.
I realize this is just the first step in dealing with issues; there is much more ahead. I don’t want to oversimplify the process but I believe recognizing and sorting out feelings is of prime importance yet so many people skip it. They end up never solving the problem because they haven’t discovered its source.
So if you are dealing with a difficult situation in your life, take out your Journal and start sorting out your feelings! That’s what I’m doing today!