Personal Journaling

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Journaling Our Changes

“The only thing constant in life is change.”
Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Seasons change, people change and we have to change no matter how difficult it feels or seems. Of course we are all creatures of habit and change can be scary to us and the day to day rituals that we follow. In times when we need to make an adjustment and manage the fear that come with this, journaling can be a good tool to help us see clearly and to fortify our minds to the shifts that are taking place and the changes we need to make.

While scary, change can also be an exciting time in our lives. It offers an opportunity to start anew and perhaps to take a different path. Our journals can guide us along this new path and help to first create the necessary transformation in our minds. As we write our change, we affect the subliminal and subsequently the actions we need to take in order to make the changes.

In our journals we can explore all the questions we may have about changes. Some questions we may ask ourselves are: How will this change be beneficial to me? What will be different when I make this change? What are the risks involved? What is the process involved in making the change? Are there going to be tangible results? Hopefully, dealing with these issues in our journals will bring the clarity needed to move forward and to make intelligent decisions.

Journaling and life’s changes can go hand in hand.

Remember there is nothing like words in black and white to help you see where you are and where you are going.

Sheryl A. Keen
Author “Journal According to John.”
http://www.sherylkeen.com
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August 17, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Journaling As Quiet Time

Journaling is about ourselves and the things that affect us. Because of this, it’s logical that we can use our journals as our quiet time to just be with ourselves. It’s a chance to get away from it all and meditate. If we have stress or any other issues in our lives, journaling helps to centre us.

Finding our centre is important because it’s a chance to gather ourselves and our heads and to get to that place where we can reflect on where we need to be. What is keeping us from where we need to be? How can we get there? These are questions that our journals can help us to answer. And the answers that we find can take us to a different place – hopefully to a place that is a little more peaceful and tranquil.

Journaling in itself requires that we move away from the hustle, bustle and noise so that we can hear ourselves think. This is both a literal and figurative move. We need to make the shift in our minds but we need to physically find a quiet place where our thinking is not impeded by distractions. When we put pen to paper, we are in fact already in reflection mode. We can enhance this experience by being in the right place – a quiet place.

Today let’s get away with our journals, find a quiet place and calm our minds and write.

Remember there is nothing like words in black and white to help you see where you are and where you are going.

Sheryl A. Keen
Author “Journal According to John.”
http://www.sherylkeen.com
https://personaljournaling.wordpress.com
http://authors.aalbc.com/sheryl.htm

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Journaling as a Conversation Without Judgement

One of the great benefits of journaling is that we can write anything we want and there will be no biting criticism, no sermon from the pulpit, no disagreement, and no veering the conversation away from what we want to talk about. What could be more freeing than this lack of discord? The only confrontation that takes place is with us. Sometimes we have enough conflict within ourselves without getting more stress from others.

In a sense, our journals have some of the qualities of a best friend. That’s someone who listens attentively and can help us to see things in an objective light somewhat like a journalist who can give both sides of the story without bias. Disapproval and sermonizing can only lead to inhibitions about what we really want to say. Of course, this is not what we want. Fortunately, reticence about our feelings and thoughts do not come into journal writing.

When we write our thoughts down on paper without fear of judgment, we can truly analyze our thoughts and speak our truths. And this is the whole point of recording the accounts of our lives. With this knowledge, why not have a stress free dialogue with your journal?

Remember there is nothing like words in black and white to help you see where you are and where you are going.

Sheryl A. Keen
Author “Journal According to John.”
http://www.sherylkeen.com
https://personaljournaling.wordpress.com
http://authors.aalbc.com/sheryl.htm

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Journaling About Patience

They say patience is a virtue. It is. Patience is necessary to get us through those trying times that we will all face throughout our lives. When we find ourselves in these situations oftentimes we lose it. Sometimes we lose it big time. So how can we build patience? There is probably no easy way. It’s best to choose an activity that requires patience and slowly develop this virtue.

While we are developing this desirable quality and in essence developing ourselves, we can record our progress in our journals. We may choose to use fishing as the occupation of interest. It’s a good pastime for learning because most times, it is a waiting game and waiting is a big part of patience. How do we feel while this waiting is going on? How do we keep ourselves still from one moment to the next? How is our breathing? These are some of the questions that we will answer in our journals.

Someone once said we are how we breathe. It’s possible that we are also how patient we are. When we lose patience, our ability to breathe sometimes suffers. If we are waiting on a fish to bite our baits, we have to be still, we have to be aware and we have to be patient while waiting for that tug. We also have to be willing to still remain patient even when there is no tug, knowing that we can try again later. Patience helps us to remain cool.

Of course, fishing is just one activity that is used here as an example. There are many others that can assist us with our goal. We can all choose one that we like and hopefully what we learn from one of these activities can be transferred to our everyday lives. If we write down the insights that we have gained, we can review them from time to time.

Remember there is nothing like words in black and white to help you see where you are and where you are going.

Sheryl A. Keen
Author “Journal According to John.”
http://www.sherylkeen.com
https://personaljournaling.wordpress.com
http://authors.aalbc.com/sheryl.htm

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Journaling About Poems, Quotes and Songs

“I bid him look into the lives of men as though into a mirror, and from others to take an example for himself.”
Publius Terentius Afer

Our journals are usually about us and the world around us. We write down our own words to describe and sometimes analyze what’s going on in our lives. But our journals do not always have to contain only our words. There are poems, quotes and songs that are special to us in some ways.

We can write down these poems, quotes and songs in our journals and analyze their value to us and why they make us feel the way they do. Perhaps they are inspirational or motivational; perhaps they speak to us about facing our fears; perhaps they spur us on to find inner strength and perhaps they speak to us about going after our dreams. Whatever the reason, they speak to our inner selves.

It’s possible that something that we are trying to say is worded and captured better by someone else. It’s also possible that there are times when we need a constant source of motivation. When we write down something that is powerful and valuable to us, we can go to it repeatedly for a motivational boost. Thus, other people’s words are helpful to us because they are meaningful to us.

In addition to all this, somebody else’s words may give us a different view on a challenge that we are facing. This alternative way of thinking may be just the thing we are looking for or the very thing we need. Other people’s words have much to teach us about our own lives but also about other ways that we could be living our lives.

Remember there is nothing like words in black and white to help you see where you are and where you are going.

Sheryl A. Keen
Author “Journal According to John.”
http://www.sherylkeen.com
https://personaljournaling.wordpress.com
http://authors.aalbc.com/sheryl.htm

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