Why Journaling is Key to Living your Best Life

How Journaling Can Make Your Dreams Come True

 

What is the point of journaling, really? Grab a book, write down some crap, and then what? Close the book and carry on with life? Sounds like a waste of time.

Ah, My Friend, That is Where You are Mistaken.

Ultimately, your reasons for journaling are (and should be) personal. Whether your reason is the satisfaction of getting sticky thoughts out of your head, or letting your wild dreams run rampant, or perhaps even simply telling a piece of paper just how annoying your boss is, journaling is worth the time spent. Regardless of your intention or reasoning,  it is cathartic, clarifying, freeing, and just a wee bit magical too.

For those of us who already have a passion for writing, that magic comes easily. So what about the rest of us? Those who are reading this because they fall somewhere between being too lazy and too scared to journal? Well, have no fear, you’ve come to the right place, because I am about to formally introduce you to that magic.

Why Bother?

Over the past decade I have toyed around with practicing manifesting as part of my own personal spiritual trail mix. I know this post isn’t specifically about manifesting, or about what exactly manifesting means but in saying that, there is a shockingly strong thread between the two. And bear with me if you’re the type to roll your eyes or run for the hills when hearing words like manifestation, because it may not be the steaming pile of bullshit you once thought.

Alright, Alright I am Listening

Here is the thing with free writing; you write what you’re thinking and thus—badda bing badda boom—you end up thinking about what you write. So here is how manifestation works (to a degree, at least, cause there is an element that goes beyond, but we’ll get to that in a later post): when you have something in your life you desire; to get a strong body, to meet the love of your life, even to just organize your insane schedule, the act of writing it down and making it a priority allows the opportunities to attain said desire to flow in.

Blue Car Theory

I won’t even ask if you have ever discovered something new, like a book let’s say, and suddenly you see that book everywhere; your co-worker heard a podcast about it, some girl at Starbucks was reading it, and shock of all shocks, it’s being made into a movie. Why do things like that happen and what does it have to do with journaling? Well, I will tell you this much: it is not because the world revolves around you, I am sorry to say. The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon, commonly referred to as the Blue Car Theory, was created to describe this common experience.

Tell Me Something I Don’t Know

The truth of the matter is that what you focus on expands. Your attention is piqued, and thus your energy is naturally drawn to like energy. It is a bit of science, a bit of logic and a lil bit of fairy dust. When you open your journal in the morning and let yourself flow, you will notice that those words paint your day. They draw more of what you choose to focus on into your present moment. And eventually, like magic, the things you choose to ruminate on in those private pages begin to shape your life.

Take Care of Your Mind

Not only your desires and dreams but also challenges you wish to overcome, addictions, grievances, even plain old stress. When you outline your thoughts on a page you are cleansing your mind, releasing negative energy and/or expanding positive vibes. It is an experience, and in a perfect world, journaling would be as important as brushing your teeth.

You Got This, Boo

At the end of the day, journaling is the first step in taking your life by the balls and making it your own. We all want our dreams to come true, we all want to be the best version of ourselves and we all want to conquer the world (in big or small ways). Basically, we all want to live our best life, right here, right now. So why wait, pick up that journal and start making that shit happen.

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