Of the countless forms of meditation we can use, journaling offers its own unique benefits. Most meditations help empty the mind of concerns and bring positive ideas from our mental landscape, but journaling helps us anchor that experience in the material world. Not every person is attracted to meditating in seated silence, and journal meditation is a nice alternative as an active meditation. It allows us to trace our journey and see where we have grown and what lessons we may be repeating. By employing a different part of the brain than creative or inspired thought, writing or typing a journal or art journaling can create a greater sense of connection and union with our physical selves and the world around us.
I find putting my thoughts down on paper as an art or plain writing really helps me clear the clutter in my mind and in my soul. When I was younger, I used to worry a lot about people reading my thoughts, and it kept me from truly expressing myself. Now, I don’t worry about that. I am who I am. I’m not ashamed of anything I feel so if someone is compelled to read my journal or interpret my art journals, then so be it. They may not like what they read or see, but it is not my problem. I feel journaling is a cleansing tool for my mind and my soul. I would be lost without my paper and a pen or art materials for that matter.
Journaling has always been a very powerful experience for me and it was one of the few things that I insisted my students do for themselves, this was when I was a clinical instructor many years ago.