In the diary you find proof that in situations which today would seem unbearable, you lived, looked around and wrote down observations, that this right hand moved then as it does today, when we may be wiser because we are able to look back upon our former condition, and for that very reason have got to admit the courage of our earlier striving in which we persisted even in sheer ignorance." — Franz Kafka
Do you ever journal?
Not a diary as such, but a pouring out of your thoughts and feelings on paper...especially when things get on top of you, or when your head is stuffed full!
We have hundreds of thoughts. Most of which are not useful at all.
I've journaled for a long time and used to write three pages of conscious stream of thought every morning for 6 weeks at one point.
It really helped and I got more creative in my day to day life.
When we write down our thoughts it gives us some order in our minds and creates more space for clarity and insight.
It also helps us to focus on the things we want in our lives. Things we may want more of or things we want to manifest.
If we link this practice in with our yoga and meditation practice it becomes so much more powerful.
When our minds are more still we can make some real discoveries.
It helps us to bring our hearts and minds together.
It can help us to see and understand why we do what we do, our repeating patterns and behaviours and how we inhabit our lives and our bodies.
It can also help us to become more creative in our lives.
Perhaps there is a passion you haven't tapped in to for a while.
Maybe you haven't given yourself the space to put the time and effort in to your own life.
We are all creative. We are the artists of our own lives.
“We are far more colorful, far more creative, and far more charismatic than we know.”
~Julia Cameron, The Artists Way
When I began, I simply wrote down my thoughts on waking. Cleared away my head clutter ready for the day to come.
Now journaling is more linked to my yoga and mediation practice.
If you haven't done it for a while, or ever. Here are a few tips and tricks;
1. Journal before and after your practice. Just record your thoughts before and after and notice the difference.
2. Time and date your entries so you can look back and reflect.
3. Write down anything. No matter how stupid it may feel at the time. It's your journal. Your time. Your thoughts. Get it all out on the page and clear your head.
4. Get creative. Write down your dreams and wishes. Set some intentions for the things you want to achieve. You never know what might happen!!
It is a magical experience.
I have used it through some of the best and worst times of my life and it has truly helped.
Make it part of your day to day. Especially make it an addition to your practice.
Emma (Dasprem Joti Kaur)