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Upbeat Spiritual Living:  Journaling Your Journey

October 27, 2017

© 2017 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM.  World Rights Reserved.  http://www.kebba.com

Stress, meditation, journal, journaling, Journaling Your Journey, Upbeat Spiritual Living, Rev. Kebba Buckley Button

 

Journaling is one of the great tools of a successful and fulfilling meditation practice.  It can multiply the effects of your meditation and put your spiritual growth in the Divine jetstream.  There are 5 secrets to journaling:

 

  1. Do it. Set your intention to do it, then do it. Don’t worry about rules like “journal at the same time each day” and “set aside the same amount of time to journal each day.”  Open that journal whenever you have a comment to make to it.

 

  1. Choose the format that works best for you. This may be handwritten napkin notes you save in a drawer, scribbles on loose paper, neatly dated .  Or it could be a gorgeous bound volume.  You may like a spiral-bound notebook so the front can be folded easily back.  Play around with what feels best.  Some like to journal for several minutes at a time, in the Notes app on their smartphone.  Since most people have their smartphones with them all the time, they can quickly open their journaling folder/documents and record some thoughts.  They can even take notes during a counseling session or class.  Then they can email the notes from their phone to their email cache and pull the journal paragraphs out into a word processor document. For those who are writers and keyboard-fluent, simply keyboarding into a word processor document may be most satisfying and easy to file.

 

  1. Keep different journals for different areas of interest. Yes, some people have a few journals!  One might be for your thoughts on your workplace and career, one for relationships, one for world affairs.  Or perhaps you are in a recovery program, and you want one journal simply for your observations, questions, resources, and progress.

 

  1. Keep your journal in a private place. This will allow you to feel safe about writing whatever is on your heart and writing as many details as you feel you want to.  If you live in an unsafe environment, your journal may be safest hidden under the driver’s seat of your car.  Another safe format, if you journal by word processing, is to name your journal something irrelevant (i.e., “Records”), and store it in an irrelevant drive (i.e., “Accounting”)  Then, from time to time, back it up to a thumb drive and hide the thumb drive in a safe deposit box.  And be sure to use the special Protection Meditation (Sacred Meditation, Chapter 15).

 

  1. Notice how different you feel with journaling. Notice how much more clear and relaxed you are as you have been practicing journaling and trying different formats.  It is beautifully liberating to “speak” with complete candor, as you can when you share your thoughts and feelings in your journal, in perfect privacy.  Notice how the “next steps”, the things you need to work on next, the areas in which you know you want to grow, become crystal clear.  Notice your heart becoming lighter as you sit down to meditate.

 

Try weaving journaling into your spiritual practice and your secular hours.  The Divine can take you places you’ve only dreamed of.

And that’s Upbeat Spiritual Livingsm!

 

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  • Kebba Buckley Button is an ordained minister whose passion is helping people find their Peace Within. She is also a stress management expert with a natural healing practice.. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You, available on Amazon, plus Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, available through her office.  Her newest book is Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire.  It is available on Amazon in full-color glossy format.  For the full-color PDF versions, contact the office.
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4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 27, 2017 7:36 PM

    I keep my journaling activities for things related to my product development work- only.

    • October 27, 2017 8:20 PM

      Roy, so on a sliding scale from non-journalers to mega-journalers, you’re a single-purpose journaler. Wonderful! You just reminded me that, in my engineering days, I used to keep a technical professional journal with ideas for projects to pursue. Today, I’m working on where to keep such a journal in my computer files and what I would call it. I have some small ones with names like “Column Ideas”. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting.

  2. October 27, 2017 9:42 PM

    I love the idea of having different journals!!!!! Wow! What a good idea. I have written in journals off and on since childhood “dear diary” experiences. But lately, it has been more off than on, and instead, I write myself notes with thoughts & ideas all over the place. This is so inspiring! I could have a work journal, maybe a winter journal, and a spiritual one. Pondering…

    • October 28, 2017 8:28 PM

      Jeanine, yes! And if you use the mixed-notes method, just date them, then use one drawer or box to pop them into, for sorting whenever it feels right. Who knows– you could end up with a book, “Jeanine’s Journal Jottings” :-). A famous psychologist called this “napkin notes” and got several books out of it. About having several journals– I have found loose paper or phone notes or typed documents to be much more flexible than lovely bound journals. With your notes all over the place, you can change your mind any time about the theme of any particular journal. And you can insert things later. All methods work for somebody :-).

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