Because I am somewhat ADD, meditation has been hard for me, scary even. Journal writing enlists my witnessing mind, engages my hands in typing or writing giving my ADD brain something to occupy it.
Also, journal writing is a powerful healing tool. There is great research showing its reliable impact upon physical as well as mental health.
Drawing upon a number of current therapeutic tools, I have created a journal writing protocol with many themes and variations.
Journal writing helps me with the following:
– Working with and transforming various kinds of stickiness.
– Work through triggering situations.
– Work on challenges in various relationships.
– Connect with the living spiritual ground within me and within all of life.
– It is a great tool for navigating and tracking the life of my inner world. This is essential if one wants to be a skillful steward of the wholesome unfolding of ones physical, psychological, and spiritual life.
– Finally, journal writing is a great tool to keep track of ones “roles and goals” (This is a term coined from Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People). It is useful to have a place to develop clarity about one’s sense of mission in various important areas of our life. Your journal is a great place to map and track your goals in various areas of your life.