The power of a blank page
Where in your life can you go to completely be yourself without any explanation, push back, someone trying to solve it for you, or fear of being judged? Really think about this...
Even on our best day, our best friends, partners, colleagues, children, mentors... well, they are still human. I don't know about you, but sometimes I just want to explore my life without an audience, without feedback, without the peanut gallery.
I want to be silly or dream impossible things, think about the future, and rehash the past. I want to pretend I'm a great poet or artist, and I want to imagine I could create whole new worlds from inside my mind. I want to vent and get angry or be sad and not have to explain it or feel bad. Sometimes, I want to be in the thick of my life for myself, and myself alone.
Today it's common to post our every last thought. We publicize everything from what we had for breakfast to the sweater we got for a great deal to memes that capture our emotional landscape with perfect accuracy. But is it enough? Should everything be fuel for social media?
What about our inner landscapes, the places we don't readily trek with just anybody? (Sometimes not even ourselves.)
Enter (*drum roll please*)... the journal.
In the journal you not only remember yourself, you create yourself. Journal writing is my favorite way to connect to my intuition, to heal and process hardships, to feel heard, and to capture my dreams and goals. I use my journal to process my past, but more importantly, I use my journal to paint my dreams into existence.
This space is all-forgiving. It's creative and can hold anything I place there. It doesn't talk back and it never criticises me. It can take anything I've got, from those far-fetched dreams to my attempts at being a poet to the days I just need to unravel.
Do you have a space like this? Well, grab some paper and a pen and just like that now you do. It's that easy. There's no mastering the journal, no 200-hour course in perfecting the journal, and no critic in the journal other than your own thoughts. (Which, trust me, will pop up.)
Here are the top 3 questions I get when it comes to journal writing:
1. How do you find the time?Don't fret about spending all day staring at your journal with no words coming out. In the beginning, I used timed journaling. Set a timer for 5, 7, or 10 minutes and immediately put pen to paper. You'll be amazed how easily your writing flows.
2. How do you know what to write about? There are so many topics; too many, right? I love a journal prompt. Think of them as little springboards into your inner world. A great prompt or question can quickly help you discover new parts of yourself. Try on the two I share below and use the timer!
3. What if I see something in my journal I don't like? This can happen. Sometimes my writing surprises me and I'm not too keen on what I see in there. But here's the truth—that stuff is festering in your mind, your emotional body, and your physical body.Wouldn't it be better to move it to paper where you can see it?
With spring approaching I can think of no better time than now to finally launch a journaling course. I take this practice for granted sometimes and forget that my readers want to follow along on their own journal journey!