"Is not the poet bound to write his own biography? Is there any other work for him but a good journal?"
- Henry David Thoreau
What is journaling?
Keeping a journal is an ancient and much revered tradition. Many great philosophers, writers, and artists as well as millions of ordinary citizens keep journals as a way of centering themselves, exploring their thoughts, and help them remember the people, places and ideas that they encounter. A journal can be very much like a diary. It can also be a wildly creative reflection of your deepest self – it’s really up to you. Journals can be handwritten or typed up on your tablet or computer – though many people prefer simplicity and portability…. There’s nothing quite like the scratching of a # 2 pencil on paper!
What are the benefits of journaling?
Journaling can help with personal growth and development. By regularly recording your thoughts you will gain insight into your behaviors and moods. It can also be used for problem-solving and stress reduction. It’s been proven to improve mental and physical health and can lead to increased self-esteem.
How do I begin?
In The Artist’s Way Julia Cameron suggests writing three handwritten pages or 750 words every morning. At first there is a lot of “dumping” but eventually little jewels of wisdom and direction emerge.