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    August 13, 2021 3 min read

    When we apply for a job, go on a date or meet a new friend, it’s expected that we’ll be asked a series of questions to give the other party some insight into who we are and what we value. What’s less standard is asking the same series of questions to ourselves.

    Through the practice of yoga, meditation and journaling we have a valuable set of tools to help us get to know what our souls truly crave. This practice of getting to know oneself is called  Svadhaya, or self-study. We can use it to find out the motivation behind our behaviors and use our findings to shift and shape our lifestyles to best suit our authentic selves.

    Journaling is a great practice to get to know yourself better. Consider using a few of the prompts below to conduct a sort of interview with yourself. Before you begin it might be beneficial to set a sankalpa, or intention, for your journaling practice. This could be a feeling or an energy you’d like to generate after putting pen to paper.

    If you are newer to guided journaling it may also be useful to set a 10-15 minute timer to encourage yourself to continue writing. In the first few minutes you may find yourself short on words, but sticking with it for a bit longer will give your creativity a chance to come through and help you get past your inhibitions.

    Journaling prompts

    Journaling for Self-Discovery
    • How do you show love to others?
    • How do you show love to yourself?
    • What makes you feel truly at ease?
    • What are the key traits you admire in others?
    • What changes could you make in your own life to reflect those traits?
    • What type of impact do you hope to make on the people around you?
    • List three traits you love about yourself and three you’d like to improve upon.
    • When do you trust yourself most? When is your intuition strongest?
    • What would your perfect day look and feel like?

    New to journaling? Check out our Journaling Tips for Beginners.

    Victoria Maybee l Mukha Yoga
    By Victoria Maybee; All Rights Reserved @2021

    Victoria Maybee l Mukha YogaBy Victoria Maybee; All Rights Reserved @2021

    Try listening to our guided meditation for awakening the heart before journaling to foster a free creative flow.

    What kind of yoga should I practice before journaling?

    Yoga can help clear energetic blocks in the body and the mind and is a pwerful tool to use before introspection. Depending on what area you are hoping to focus on in your writing, try one of the following yoga practices:

    What kind of breathwork should I practice before journaling?

    The Science of Conscious of Breathing shows a wide berth of health benefits ranging from calming your central nervous system, boosting immune health, and improving blood circulation. Breathwork can also be a powerful tool for clearing the mind - perfect for helping against writer's block.

    Try one of the following exercises before journaling: