Journalling

22nd August 2012

I have been writing a blog on and off for two years. I only write a new blog post when I want to share something or feel that it is worth putting something out there. It is very different from my journal, which is a collection of all the flotsam and jetsam that catches my attention. This is a much more personal practice – my journals go back five years and cover my experiences during Reiki attunements, meditations, and other forms of spiritual practice. I also write down the dreams that I remember or that seem significant, as well as interesting articles and books that I have read.

Why do I do this? Simply because it is useful to pay attention to myself – keeping a journal is a reflective exercise that requires me to step back and look at what has been going on in my life, what I think or feel about something, and what I want to focus on in my spiritual practice.

Looking back on some of the old journals I have written – I am on Volume 25 now! – I can see how i have changed, how i haven’t, and what I used to worry about. It is a fascinating link to the past, but it is also liberating because sometimes merely writing something down allows us to create distance and space from it in our lives.

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