Journaling…To Write or Not to Write


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It is easy to be overwhelmed by the myriad of options. After all, an abundance of stores and sites are dedicated to selling beautifully bound journals, pens and more. I should know better by now. I have shelves and drawers filled with them, gifts from friends or purchased by me, begun half-heartedly or abandoned to a newer addition. Each volume beckons with a promise of being the one that will be the keeper of my words, the container of my thoughts, the chosen one…or not.

At its best, journaling has a meditative quality. It is a peaceful activity, a grounding experience, an internal process that stops time for the moment. It is a good habit and once engaged, provides a platform for expression that is very personal. Likewise, there is no end to the self judgments that abound when not doing it in the proscribed form.

What are some other ways to get going when you are not inspired? • Set a timer for 5 minutes and just write, sans punctuation, only stream of consciousness • Select a single thought, object or memory and write-dig deep and just write • Go backwards. Start with the end of your day and complete with the beginning.

If the “written” word is not the best way for you to express yourself: • Speak or sing your thoughts into a recording device • Draw, collage or use color in ways to convey your inner feelings • Use music/instruments as a medium

Access your creativity in ways that support you best and perhaps intersperse one method with another. After all, it is about YOU finding YOUR voice and the best way for YOU to express yourself is changeable!

©2015 Maureen Weisner

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