Ok, first thing I want to say is that there is no right or wrong way to do this.
The experience of journalling is different for everyone and you should try a few different ways to find what type of journalling really resonates with you. Maybe it’s keeping an art journal. Maybe it’s a sentence a day. Or my personal favourite… unconscious streams of thought otherwise known as journalling with your intuition.
If you want to give this type of journalling a go, one of the main things to remember is to be kind to yourself.
You’re exploring ideas and using your intuition to write. Not everything has to make logical sense and not everything has to have a purpose.
Don’t try hard to censor yourself.
Don’t bother judging what comes out.
What will be will be and you don’t have to show anyone or use every piece of writing you get down.
There are different strategies you can try to write with your intuition.
Take a moment before you start writing. Breathe deeply and connect with yourself by placing your hand on your heart.
Perhaps thank yourself for sitting down and taking the time to write. Or set an intention for the writing session – perhaps patience, kindness, forgiveness or love for whatever comes up.
Here are a few ideas you can try when you start putting pen to paper:
- Free write. Write down whatever comes to mind. It should look like a strange stream of consciousness e.g ok I’m going for it, I’m writing stuff down now. Not sure what’s going to come out but at least I’m starting right? Whoa this is a pretty blue pen, and my chair is so comfy. This feels weird but I’m glad I’m doing it….
- Pause often. You could write what feels good to you. Then pause and reconnect with your inner self and see what else you feel needs to be written down.
- Feel those feelings. Write about your emotions. What’s happening in your life right now? What makes you happy? What makes you angry? What are you wanting to change? Writing about your life can help you to figure out what’s really going on inside you. Don’t be afraid of what mind come out. Just let it flow and see what happens.
- Honour yourself. Write something to yourself. What do you want your future self to know? What do you wish you knew when you were younger? What do you think needs changing in your life? What do you want to do more of?