Have you ever wondered about the benefits of journaling? Journaling is the written record of events, thoughts, and emotions that are somewhat meaningful to you. Stephanie Dowrick, the author of Creative Journal Writing, believes journaling works like any other artistic expression as it helps you verbalize creative impulses and shift the energy of your subjective experience in a healthy way. In this sense, journal writing enhances your inner development and gives you greater insight into what you think and feel.
I picked Creative Journal Writing to read because I wanted to know more about the inner workings of journaling and creative writing. I have experienced many benefits while journaling and I know I need to write about my feelings and thoughts like I need air. It is my healthy coping strategy since it allows me to process problems and explore solutions. I wanted, however, to drink from someone else’s experience and knowledge and I’ve been very pleased with the confirmation that journaling helps you find out what matters to you and, most of all, it helps you reconnect with your soul, the spiritual part of you through which you can feel closer to home.
We do not write in order to be understood, we write in order to understand (C. Day Lewis)Tweet
And, if you are not tempted by spiritual reasons to dive deeper into creative journaling, you may appreciate the fact that journaling writing is a whole-brain activity. This means journaling has the capacity to work both our right (problem-solving, intuition, creativity, emotion) and left-brain (intellect, sequences, rationalism, order) aspects. It really gives you the opportunity to unite both your intellect and intuition and use them to come up with creative solutions or ideas. It trains your ability to see patterns and connections which otherwise you would probably miss out on.
I did enjoy Stephanie’s book a lot and I strongly recommend you peek at it if you are into journaling and writing as a method of self-expression and personal transformation. You will find many interesting prompts across the entire book so that you can work your writing flow and perhaps discover more about yourself within specific topics to which you never really paid much attention. And whenever a prompt puts you off somehow, please remember that might well be your ego sabotaging your self-development process.
Last but not least, I would like to mention that in Stephanie’s book you will also learn that journaling doesn’t ever need to become boring. It can be exciting and sacred at the same time. All you have to do is to make it yours and follow your own approach to journaling. I personally like to explore different ways of recording my thoughts and emotions. Sometimes I just write what I think and feel; other times I use my journal to record excerpts of other people’s writing or quotes that resonate with me. More recently, I have added some drawings and colored some of my journal entries.
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