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  • Journaling Tips for Beginners

    January 28, 2022 3 min read

    I once heard that you should appreciate your body because it's the only "home" you'll ever occupy. And one way of attending to the mind-body as home is to study it through the art of journaling.  

    To journal is an internal intake of the self. Some people use a journal as a vehicle for confession, confrontation, adoration, detachment, or any mix of spilling the mind's guts. Journaling may take the form of a daily habit, an occasional retreat, or a once-a-year attempt.  

    Start small and set a timer

    Beginner's Tips for Journaling | Mukha Yoga

    I once heard that you should appreciate your body because it's the only "home" you'll ever occupy. And one way of attending to the mind-body as home is to study it through the art of journaling.  

    To journal is an internal intake of the self. Some people use a journal as a vehicle for confession, confrontation, adoration, detachment, or any mix of spilling the mind's guts. Journaling may take the form of a daily habit, an occasional retreat, or a once-a-year attempt.  

    Start small and set a timer

    Start a timer to a suitable time frame that feels manageable to your current situation. For me, each morning, I set a 15-minute timer. You could aim for more or less time. However, what flows out of you during that swath of time may become a little surprising and magical.

    Beginner's Tips for Journaling | Mukha Yoga

    Start a timer to a suitable time frame that feels manageable to your current situation. For me, each morning, I set a 15-minute timer. You could aim for more or less time. However, what flows out of you during that swath of time may become a little surprising and magical.

    Blank page jitters

    With the blank page before you, start. Start anywhere.  

    But I have nothing to write, says at least one of you out there. Not true. Even in "nothing," something is happening. I am not talking about chronicling your travels. You do NOT need to travel to Thailand, Bali, or New York or have some mountaintop experience to explore the essence of your life. Where you are is all you need.

    Use the journal to explore the shorelines of your creativity and the pilgrimages of the self's nooks and crannies.

    Some Journal-Writing Prompts

    • Describe a time you said yes, but you wanted to say no? Investigate why you didn't reveal the honest answer.
    • What do you put off but know you have to do? Why does this happen?
    • There's a saying: you become more like yourself the older you get. What does that mean to you?
    • What transformation do you want in your life? How can you put a plan into practice?
    • Do you ever give up on yourself? Why or why not?
    • What do you want to focus on, and why?
    • What does a day of living in harmony look like and feel like to you?
    • Describe your superpower and how it can help the world.

    Drill down, get small

    If you feel like you’re getting writer’s block, try to drill down and get small into a detail. For example, do you eat breakfast? No? Then why not? Or maybe it's a yes. Either way, start there—the routine, the likes, the dislikes, the hopes, the dreams, etc. How has the landscape of breakfast changed over your lifetime? Maybe you grew up with no food in the house? There's a landmine of content. Perhaps your parents didn't allow processed frozen waffles as an option? Boom—there's another cultural, familiar moment to unearth and explore.  

    The point is the routines you follow, probably almost blindly in the most mundane life choices you make, reveal a more profound characteristic or pattern to your selfhood. How have habits helped or hurt the progress you want in your life?  

    Meander, then meander some more

    As you write about the mundane details, soon, your mind will go where it wants to go, and you'll end up meandering to some topic you never intended to discuss with yourself on paper. You will surprise yourself with connections!  

    You're working through something in journaling—acknowledging, revealing, admitting, and performing. Seek your most authentic self - aside from the ego-self that rattles and prances in public life. Whatever change you seek, you'll have to become aware that you want it to happen. And journaling is an excellent way to not hide from yourself.  

    Tricia Louvar l Mukha Yoga

    By Tricia Louvar; All Rights Reserved @2022

    Tricia Louvar l Mukha YogaBy Tricia Louvar; All Rights Reserved @2022