Keeping a Journal is as old as the hills and still one of the best ways to get a handle on what motivates us and what influences our thinking. Then we can decide which thoughts to hold onto and which ones to let go.
Through writing regularly in a journal you start to develop the underrated habit of Self Reflection.
You want to know what need’s changing in your life?
Get into the habit of writing about your day and you’ll soon discover what makes you happy and what doesn’t. This is a list topper for building a firm and happy foundation in Life.
The Key is Honesty
Self reflection is about learning to honestly evaluate your thoughts and actions. Then you can take the necessary steps to bring about inner change.
Keeping a journal is Powerful Stuff
Buy yourself a special book in which to write. There’s lots to choose from so pick one that you’ll enjoy using. I’ve got a special pen I like to use as well, but that’s just me.
Each night, before going to sleep, write about your day, asking for guidance before you begin.
You might reflect on Questions such as
- How was my day?
- Was I helpful to others?
- Was I loving and respectful to all, including myself?
- Was I judgmental?
- Do I owe anyone an apology?
- Did I gossip?
- Was I resentful or angry about things?
- What made me happy?
The questions above are meant as a guide only. Use the questions if you wish or make up your own. There’s NO wrong questions just as there’s NO wrong answers.
Don’t forget to include the Good stuff as well! We tend to leave out the things we’re doing well but it’s important to notice them, they’re the strengths that carry us through the day.
Asking the Universe for help
When you’ve finished you can ask for help with the things you’re aware need changing, and you can offer GRATITUDE for the wonderful things you already have in your life.
Peace, joy and happiness are the Outcome
I can’t tell you how it works, it’s an experience that when you’ve had it, you’ll know!
What I can tell you is that I’ve been doing this practice for quite some time now and I’m finding more joy, peace, and content as time goes by.
There’s an old saying “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got”.
It’s time to do take a new approach to life.
If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude. ~ Amy Tan
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