It might seem like a simple enough concept to put your thoughts and feelings into writing, but to tell you the truth, deep journaling is much more than just that. It’s not about documenting your daily life to have some kind of record of events for you to look back on. Doing so would be missing the point of it entirely.
Now, what is the point then?
In the simplest way to put it, the idea is to gain a deep understanding of the person behind the words. The idea is to untether yourself from the notions of who you think you should be and how you believe you should act. The idea is to let loose; to be as honest and truthful as you can be and to not be afraid of what that may bring.
The idea, boiled down to its very essence, is to know who you are as a person.
Why deep journaling is important
Deep journaling is a powerful way to start making positive changes in your life. And while the ultimate goal is to achieve self-awareness, many of the benefits to be gained are reaped just by striving to get there.
First and foremost, deep journaling allows you to untangle the chaos that resides in your heart and mind. It gives you the ability to purge yourself of your many thoughts and emotions and contain them within the confines of a single page. In doing so, you’re able to face the disarray inside of you, transferring their power back to you.
This power becomes your shield. In facing your innermost self, you’ll be able to identify your strengths as an individual as well as your weaknesses. When you come to terms with this reflection of yourself, you gain an unshakeable confidence that nobody else will have power over. Nobody’s opinion can hurt you because you will have already made it clear to yourself who you really are.
With this understanding and acceptance of yourself, you’ll also be able to deal with the people around you in a more productive manner. The Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung said it best: “Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.” In other words, when you have not come to grips with who you are—including the bad—you are more likely to react poorly to the bad in others.
The keys to deep journaling
Now, how exactly should you go about deep journaling? To be completely honest, there are no hard rules in doing so. There are, however, a few tips we’d like to offer to get you started.
Write truthfully and for nobody else other than yourself. You are more likely to edit if you believe that other people will read your words.
Write regularly and allow yourself to enter a state of mind where thoughts and feelings are given the agency they deserve.
Write with the help of prompts to keep you inspired and to encourage yourself to tackle different aspects of your life.
Who would’ve guessed that a simple pen and journal could hold so much capacity for significant change? If you haven’t been journaling yet, we highly encourage you to do so.
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