What is journaling ft not a written exercise in mindfulness? Especially in my method – but in pretty much any kind of journaling I’ve heard of – you’re practicing focus on your inner feelings, and most inner thoughts. At least to some degree.
Writing almost always has as one of its (sub)goals to make a connection with someone. This is much easier if you know what you really want to say, and what really matters to you emotionally.
If you can tap into what matters inwardly, you have a far better chance of getting that across in your writing.
How this helps in life and in your personal growth?
So much about becoming a better person today than you were yesterday has to so with knowledge of self. This is what practicing mindfulness on a daily basis trains you for.
Look at journaling and practicing Self-reflection as a form of daily yoga for your soul.
Journaling helps you structure your thoughts and feelings
Regardless which exact form of journaling you’re using, you’re almost always writing.
Writing means thinking. That is, writing means structuring thoughts and feelings into phrases and sentences that, well, make sense.
This is a primary function of writing, and one that you necessarily practice every time you put pen to paper to journal.
Journaling helps you focus on what’s important
Especially if you give yourself a limited time-frame and a structure for your journaling, it helps you focus. What’s important enough to write down in the limited space and time you decided to make available for this?
Understanding what you really feel, having been able to structure your thoughts and feelings into something that makes sense, and lastly knowing what’s more important than anything else;
These are some of the most important basics of writing and communicating.
Growth Journaling is part of a broader framework for storytelling as a means for personal and business growth, that I call “Growth Storytelling”. Keep an eye out for my upcoming book — for which the working title formerly was “Legend Storytelling” — read more, here.