What the experts say – “Writing, expressing can heal us. It can focus, support, and enhance our lives and well-being. Whether we laugh or we cry, whether through sorrow or joy, we can understand more about ourselves, and each other, through keeping a journal, diary, or diaries.” – Doreen Clement
The people over at the Ririan Project, www.ririanproject.com came up with the ten best reasons I never had to keep a journal. I love it when what I am doing by instinct is validated in the real world and through my own results. See how many correlations with the Steps so far you can find here. Gave me goosebumps! So without further ado, here goes. You keep a journal to:
- Improve Your Health
- Reduce Stress
- Stronger Relationships
- Better Organizational Skills
- Better Focus
- Better Problem Solving
- Know Yourself Better
- Personal Growth
- Enhances Intuition and Creativity
- Captures Life’s Story
How I did it – You’re reading it kid! But I do have some tips (Once again validated by the Ririan Project people!) for how to get started, Stay Motivated and keep yourself on track
- Write every day at the same time if you can. Find a place where you will not be disturbed and just get after it.
- Write for at least 10 minutes, even if it’s only gibberish at first. Trust me your voice will come and when it does you will find 10 minutes isn’t enough time.
- No one is here to critique your spelling or grammar (which by the way is quite liberating) and if they do you have my permission to tell em’ to kiss where the sun don’t shine. (Also liberating and quite satisfying) The important thing is to keep writing.
- It’s your journal so say what you want. Don’t spend any time trying to censor yourself. Now if you find your writing turning dark then clearly you have skipped Step 7. Go back to Step 7 and see it through!