When I began meditating regularly back in 1998, my teacher supplied me with some useful practice tips including keeping a journal of my experiences. As I had been writing a diary since age 12 and was in the process of filing for divorce, I was all in on documenting the wonderful meditations I was experiencing at my weekly class. It is now several books full of revelations and drawings of scenes from my adventures. Journaling as a meditation tool has strengthened my practice as well as my external world through its ability to cement and remind me of my inner wisdom.
Writing or drawing about our meditative visions helps bring that energy from unformed to formed, which is especially powerful when we are using manifestation as our intention. Meditations, though vivid, can sometimes fade into the background of our consciousness as we become enthralled in everyday life. Having our a-ha moments or favorite techniques in an accessible place is a tool for reminding ourselves of the lessons we have learned from our own innate wisdom. The more we write it, the more we connect with it and the more comfortable we become making the choices that will lead to the achievement of what we manifested. We have the power to make something out of nothing and having a journal of that will help support you through the process.
Journaling our Meditation Validates our Unique Inner Wisdom
We all wonder, at some point in our meditation practice, if we are “doing it right”. Keeping your journal updated with each meditation experience will help you to see what you have gained from your practice. It will reinforce your new habit of mindfulness and connect you more deeply with how you feel about the conditions of your human existence. How can we go deeper within to discover who we are underneath familial, societal, and cultural conditioning?
Here are some questions I like to address when I make my journal entries.
- What type of meditation did I practice today? (guided meditation, progressive, Metta, QiGong, etc)
- What revelations or noteworthy thoughts or inspirations came to my mind during or following my practice?
- What was/were the prevailing emotions that came up?
- Is there a course of action I can take to support my inner wisdom?
- Do I feel there is more work to be done on this topic and, if so, what type (same or different meditation style, exercise, life changes, etc.)?
- Are there any images that came to mind that I will benefit from drawing?
By examining my experiences afterwards, I free my mind of the responsibility to memorize for the sake of recall, as well as the far-reaching benefit of accessing the emotions of each experience through such personal documentation at any future point in our life.
Not sure where to get starting applying these practice tips? My self study course, Introduction to Meditation is just the thing to get you started. This program sets you up for success through exposure to meditation styles from around the world, including Zen, Mindfulness, Metta (Unconditional Love), Hindu Mantras and, my favorite, Taoism and moving meditation, called Qigong.
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I am excited for you as you embark on a meditative journey, whatever brought you and whatever your goals are. Keeping track of your travels with a journal is a sure-fire way to keep you connected with your unique spirit as you gain familiarity and learn to work with it for your highest good. You will get the most out of the adventure as you Go Within YOUR Energy & Body if you don’t discount the value of journaling as a meditative tool.