Putting Your Feelings On The Page
One of my go-to methods of processing my thoughts and emotions over the years, especially when moving through the heaviest of times, has been to write them down. Often the simplicity of writing down a sentence or a few words that are on your heart can bring a small gift of release. Even if you don’t see yourself as a writer, the practice of transferring your feelings onto a page can be incredibly therapeutic. What comes out doesn’t have to be perfect or even written in a straight line. It’s about letting your thoughts and creativity flow and transform, perhaps leading you to new perspectives or shifting your mindset. For as long as I can remember I’ve kept a prompt journal and pen on my nightstand, along with a stack of inspirational books and poetry. If they’re always within reach, I know it’s more likely that I’ll make them a regular part of my day.
A journal is a sacred space to keep your innermost thoughts and also a beautiful tool with which to dream. It can hold our greatest grief, worries, and joys. Sometimes I’ll simply jot down an affirmation that I’ve come across, record a few things that I’m currently feeling grateful for, or release any frustrations that I’m working through. There are no rules and the sentences don’t have to be perfectly structured. Simply let it flow. Free write, doodle, or even write in a circular formation. Journaling is an opportunity to be present with yourself for a few precious moments.
If you’ve considered beginning a journaling practice or you’re looking to get back into it, I highly recommend starting with a journal that includes prompts, such as the 6-Minute Diary. I personally feel that this is the least intimidating way to ease into writing. When you have prompts to work from, it can help get the mind flowing and you may find the questions very stimulating. Just a few minutes a day may be all you need. Another journal that I recommend is The Universe Has Your Back Journal by Gabby Bernstein. I adore journals with artwork and gorgeous imagery. The cover on this one is so inviting, and the watercolor pictures and quotes are both beautiful and inspiring.
When choosing a journal, take your time finding one that really resonates with you. If you love pretty things, then look for one in your favorite color palette or aesthetic design. Or maybe you want one with a buttery soft cover that feels comforting in your hands. Find one that appeals to your senses. If you’re crafty, maybe you’ll even consider making or designing your own. I also love this True Words cut and paste journal by Melody Ross where you can create meaningful collages with words that truly resonate with you. Allow yourself to have fun with it!
Wherever you are on your path, or whatever transitions you might be moving through, writing out your feelings or your story can become a transformative outlet. It can allow you to connect with yourself in new ways and even help guide you toward new, empowering perspectives. If journaling is something you’ve been thinking about or would like to get back in the habit of, this is your gentle invitation to give it a go.