Sometimes life gets so busy that we lose touch with our deepest selves. We feel frantic and overwhelmed by our to-do lists and and never seem to get to the end, or we feel the crushing anxiety that comes from trying to keep up with a mental list of responsibilities and worries. Sometimes we have burning desires or deep fears churning inside, but we find it hard to talk about or even think about them. When so much is brewing in our heads it’s easy to lose touch with the heart and soul, and I don’t need to tell you that when this happens, your vibe is chaotic and heavy. Chaos in your head will show up as chaos in your life.
One great way to release the pressure, gain clarity, and touch base with your deepest self is to journal all those feelings onto the page. Because your deepest self is your direct line to the Divine, journaling will also align you with Source. (Or, if you prefer, God, Goddess, the Universe, Flow, the Tao…whatever you call it, it will respond.)
I was always an on-and-off journaler, but I never really understood the power and benefit of consistent journaling until I completed the 12-week program outlined in Julie Cameron’s classic for creatives, The Artist’s Way. The cornerstone of the program, meant to spark creativity and dissolve artistic blocks, is the practice of morning pages: three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing, done longhand, first thing in the morning. What I discovered as I journaled consistently, day after day, is that the practice of writing in the morning not only kept my mind clear of distracting mental gnats but helped me recognize and stay grounded in my true self. For me, the act of daily longhand writing became a sacred dialogue between my deepest self and the Universe. It became an act of prayer. I began addressing my entries “Dear Universe” and felt that I often received answers to my own dilemmas as I wrote. Not always; some days the writing was clearly just a brain dump and that was okay. Some days that was exactly what I needed. But often the writing forged a connection with a deeper wisdom that I’m not sure I could have accessed any other way.
If the idea of writing 3 pages every morning seems daunting (it takes about a half hour) another idea is to write short journal entries on index cards! I didn’t even know this was a thing until I researched for this post, but here’s a really cool Pinterest board to explore for ideas.
Whatever method you choose, journaling is a great tool to move from your head to your heart, which is a journey most of us need to make again and again to keep our vibes high.
How about you, lovely readers? Do you journal? Tell me all about it in the comments!