Journaling is a super great way to obtain clarity. Clarity is a super power we all want to maintain. Journaling is a powerful tool if you use it. If you are new to journaling or you’ve journaled before and haven’t done it in awhile here’s a few tips and suggestions that might get you started. Listed below some of my favorites.
Mind Dump Journal
A mind dump journal is one where you take all those random thoughts running through your mind and put them on paper. I usually just set my timer to 10 minutes and I just start writing. Don’t stop writing until the timer goes off.
Here’s a few suggestions on how to use the mind dump journal:
– Write for a specific amount of time (set a timer for 5, 10, or 15 minutes)
– Decide when to write…morning when you get or evening when it’s time for bed.
– You could even write for a set amount of pages, for examples 6 pages.
This method of journaling really frees up the mind and allows you to see your thoughts and decide how to handle them or not. It’s up to you.
My Gratitude Journal & Book
The gratitude journal is my favorite journal. If you have read my book: “Nurturing a Grateful Heart: Power of Possibilities”, then you understand that finding gratitude is essential to happiness. Gratitude fully activated and functional flowing from your core is challenging to achieve but certainly not impossible.
To start your gratitude journal, all you have to do is take a few minutes at the end of the day and sit quietly thinking about your day. Try to list 4-6 things that you’re grateful for. I keep my journal close. It sits on my bedside table as a reminder to list what I found today to be grateful for. If you purchase my Nurturing a Grateful Heart- The Journal and the book Nurturing a Grateful Heart: Power of possibilities in the next 48 hours you can get the set for $21.97. ($16.00 saving) Just use the code: journal. I will even autograph them for you. Just Click Here
The Art Journal
This journal is a little different. You can use it to paste pictures that empower you. Use magazines that you love. Pictures that resonate or inspire you are perfect. You could also use this journal for doodling or creating Zentangle art. What’s an Zentangle? Well it is all the rave for art journalers. Here’s a picture of one of mine:
I’m not suggesting that you write down all your dreams…but if there is one particular dream the repeats in your mind over and over again…write it down. Create a section of the dream journal and write down what you want to do in the future. This could be anything from buying a house, getting the perfect job even making a “A” on your next assignment. Be specific in your writing, besides no one will ever see it but you. I recommend writing in this journal weekly and make sure before you write, read though your dream list. While you write, just focus on your dreams. Soon you will have direction and perhaps even a plan to achieve your dreams.
I use meditation as a way of connecting spiritually with God. My meditation journal is used with my meditation practice. After your meditation, take a few moments to write about your experience. This helps you reflect on the ways meditation is supporting you. You can even write in it before you begin to meditate. This would allow you to clear some mental space for you to meditate.
A Letter to Myself Journal
There is such a feeling of power when you write yourself a letter. I know this sounds strange, but trust me this really helps. What would you say to your younger self? Think of a time when younger you needed attention or help and no one was there. Write to her and say all the things you would have wanted to hear as the younger you. Your inner child sometimes just needs to know that someone cares. You could fill an entire journal with letters to yourself across your lifetime. You might even write letters to love ones, your heroes or characters in a book. This journal is all about expressing your thoughts and feelings in a safe place.
These are simply my suggestions to you because they have worked for me. There is no “right” way to journal. You don’t have to write every single day. You decide. You could decide to use several types of journal at once…It’s up to you! If you like the idea of journaling to get clarity, then get to it. That’s the only way you’ll know if journaling is a good fit for you. If you need a little help…just let me know!
Beverly Jones-Durr is known as the “Clarity Coach” because she teaches clients, consultants and other service professionals how to eliminate the fog, remove the clutter and focus on their purposeful and intentional path. She is the creator of Sistahs Unlimited, a program that teaches women how to develop their authentic selves and create action plans that are both attainable and measureable. Become a VIP today and learn how to live your best life! You can also follow Beverly on Twitter, FaceBook and YouTube.