Meditation Journal: Getting Started and What You Can Write About
The beauty of a meditation journal or any other journal for that matter is that there is no specific way or method to write in your journal.
Let’s take a look at three aspects of keeping the meditation thoughts flowing, of course, these are not the only way. This is a creative process and a reflection on our meditation process that deserves our personal touch to keep us motivated to write each day.
I encourage you to try all three, or just pick one for now. You can always add your own questions as you feel needed, you can also research online for meditation journal templates for more ideas.
What does help is to have some ideas about different aspects of our meditative life to get started. We all need a nudge to get the mental juice flowing.
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A journal is a very personal thing and writing in a journal a very personal exercise, so you need to find what works best for you. Here are three methods I’ve used for enhancing my mindfulness practice by keeping a meditation journal:
Your journal is a very personal adventure into what is working in your life as it relates to meditation. It is impossible to meditate on a regular basis and not have it impact and change your life.
As you discover what works for you, you will also discover what works for you in your life. Remember the old saying? “As within, so without”, “As above, so below”‘. This is your truth at it’s finest moment!
Here are three methods as well as the process in the Meditation Journal Pdf that you can download HERE that I’ve used to enhance my own personal journey.
1. Reflection On Your Life
The “Reflection On Your Life” method is simply about writing down the events of the day. You can either do this by writing down 3-5 things that happened that day (a set list of things), or simply writing out a few paragraphs.
The nice thing about writing it down as a list of things is you can choose to fill it in as you go about your day. You may or may not prefer this.
The Reflection method is nice also because it allows you to really let everything out for a few minutes each day. For a few minutes each you, you can do a sort of “brain/heart dump” and just let everything flow out of you unfiltered. This can often lead to some really interesting and helpful insights. Plus, the act of doing so in itself is very refreshing.
2. Changes You’ve Noticed In Your Life Today From Your Meditation Journal
The “Changes You’ve Noticed” method is simply about writing down things you’ve noticed at different times during the day. As your practice expands, feel free to increase your journaling to different areas of your life. However, it’s mostly used at the beginning of your journaling efforts as an aid to bringing mindfulness and awareness to create change into your daily life.
This method is interesting because it can be a nice aid to your mindfulness practice itself, accentuating the moments in which you were mindful. As a result, you’ll think, “hey, I was a little mindful today!” when you might otherwise have thought you failed, giving you the motivation to keep practicing.
Every little step in awareness, every little bit of progress in your meditation journal, makes a big difference towards developing the practice and that’s the intention of this method.
3. Learning How To Meditate More Effectively Each Day
The “Learning How To Meditate More Effectively” method is all about identifying the inner dialogue that keeps us in a habitual state of mind. You don’t necessarily write something down the first time you notice it, rather, you write down those thoughts, feelings, and sensations which you notice that continually keep arising. Try to notice if you are reacting to different life events over and over again in the same way.
An example of this would be doubting your ability to complete a project or to do a good enough job on it. As you go about your day, particularly when you think about the project, approach the time to work on it, are working on it, and afterward, you’re likely to notice certain thoughts and feelings arise. Bringing this level of clarity to some aspect of your negative self-talk and internal dialogue about your life can have a very healing effect.
Start Your Meditation Journal By Being Grateful
Some people report that they just don’t know how to get started writing in their meditation journal. This is understandable if you haven’t written much on an interpersonal level. It’s ok! However, everyone has things, people and events in their lives to be thankful for.
I can’t stress this enough, dig deep and open the well of thankfulness on a regular basis and your life will open up in ways you can’t even imagine. A flow of pure Spiritual joy will emerge and synchronicity will become a normal way of life. You can’t lose on this one!
No matter what type of journal you decide to use and how you decide to write in your journal, keeping a meditation journal can be a very peaceful, revealing, and clarifying practice that goes hand-in-hand with the rest of your meditation practice.