Why You Should Start Journaling


Wanderlust Journal by The Mindful Way

Journaling is a great way to find clarity amongst the chaos. Here we provide some reasons why keeping a journal (or a few), helps you realize your full potential as you navigate through the road blocks of life. After all, we could always strive to be a better version of ourselves, right?

Serves as Meditation  

There are many different forms of mediation from seated, walking (Zen), moving (yoga), hands (mudra) to singing (tantra), but all with one end goal - mindfulness. In mediation, you can use different tactics like breath work or pranayama to focus your attention internally and awaken your life force. Similarly, journaling allows you to consciously meditate on paper, helping you “exhale” out stale words that do not serve you.

Boosts Self-Esteem

Use a journal to list your goals for the week or month and document your accomplishments. As the expression goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” so don’t expect to achieve your goals over-night. Journaling will allow you to track your success over time so you can see how far you’ve come, boosting your self-confidence.

Reduces Stress

We live a demanding world where it’s rare we can catch a break from work, social and family obligations. Sometimes we try to take on too much as though we have “super-human powers,” but we end up burning out due to stress. Journaling your daily to-do’s will keep you organized and reduce stress. It will also help you sort out what you might need to change or give up to be a happier and healthy person like The Importance of Taking Time Off from work since many people skip paid vacation days.  

 

YogiRu apparel and journal by The Mindful Way

Improves Mental Clarity

Journaling daily can call a wandering mind to attention and give you the mental clarity and focus you need to see the big picture. Document important life events, challenges and successes. Use your journal as a time capsule to draw on new insights to manage “you.” Remember, your journal is a safe place where past anxieties and future anxieties lose their edge.

Strengthens Relationships  

Just as a consistent yoga practice allows you to open-up and stretch further, journaling allows you to strengthen and deepen your connection with your higher power. When you tap into this divine source energy, you can more deeply connect and communicate emotionally with others.

To start journaling, first you need to find one you like.

 We like journals by The Mindful Way, founded by yoga instructor Kayla Ring.

These beautiful hand-made and 100% recyclable journals are letter pressed with gold foil and bound together by a 3:1 gold wire binding. The intention behind each cover printed on the journals – to invoke connection, inspire you to write and explore yourself and the world around you.

Kayla carries at least three journals at a time and writes about anything and everything from Gratitude, To-Do Lists, to what happened in her day. She started The Mindful Way to share her enthusiasm for journaling, encouraging others to live more consciously and achieve their most authentic self.

Mandala journal by The Mindful Way

So, once you find a journal you love, put pen to paper and let the words flow subconsciously. Remember you’re not being graded on sentence structure or punctuation, so let the words come naturally and don’t force perfection.

 If you’re having trouble figuring out how to start your first journal entry, Kayla recommends starting with a simple Gratitude List: “I am grateful for…” which will allow you to stop and reflect on the present moment.  

“Most are never fully present in the now because unconsciously we believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now. And that’s a revelation for some: to realize your life is only never now.” Eckhart Tolle

 Follow Kayla's journey on Instagram @kaylasring

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