Every Monday night at 8pm I journal.

Yes old school with pen and paper.

Every week I resist it. I want to skip it. I almost dread it.

Yet each week I turn up and put pen to paper.

Why do I continue to do this each week even though I resist it?  Because journaling is powerful!

Why is journaling so powerful?

Because self reflection is rapidly becoming a forgotten art in a world obsessed with social media. 

It can become almost like a drug, lets just check how many likes that post has had.

We tie our self worth to these vanity stats.

And in a time where each of us is more connected online than ever before we often feel completely alone.

 

Why is journaling so powerful?

Because there are parts of us that are unfamiliar, even to ourselves.

Journaling gives a voice to those parts, allows them to come out on paper and allow us to get to know these parts better.

 

Why is journaling so powerful?

Because each of us is a mass of contradictions and seeing it there on the paper gives us a chance to question our black and white thinking.  

There are no wrong answers.

There is the understanding that the picture we have of ourselves is being constantly changed by our unconscious beliefs.

And in the words of Carl Jung  “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate”. 

 

Why is journaling so powerful?

Because writing can be a great healer. 

When we put thoughts into words, learning occurs.

Because self reflection allows us to question our resistance to change.  

Resistance keeps us stuck, resistance keeps us in the same place month after month, year after year. 

When we see our resistance written out on the paper in front of us we can question it.  We can’t change what we don’t acknowledge. 

 

Why is journaling so powerful?

Because it reminds us that we are never done, and that in life’s greatest contradiction each of us will always be both a masterpiece and a work in progress at the same time x

 

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