Understanding Mindful Journaling [52 Weeks of Journaling – Week 14]

April 27

Mindful journaling is a form of self-exploration, where you can explore your feelings, thoughts and reactions to things. It's a way to deal with your thoughts and feelings more positively by writing them down. It is like meditation because you focus on one thing at a time, which might help you feel more in control of your mind. Let's get going with understanding mindful journaling - you might discover some mindful journaling activities, too.

Understanding Mindful Journaling

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You can use mindful journaling to explore your inner self, explore how you feel about things and why, or just write down anything that pops into your head during the day. You might want to start with something small, so you aren't overwhelmed! You can try writing about what's going on in your life now: what happened today; what did you do today?


Let's look at what mindful journaling has in store for you.


Acknowledge Your Present Without Judgment

Mindfulness is not pretending that your problems don't exist. Instead, it occurs when you allow those thoughts and worries to come into your mind without judgement. To be mindful, we must be in the present moment and understand our circumstances without any judgment or preconceived notions.


If a thought enters your mind or you think about what you are experiencing right now, do not place judgment on yourself for that emotion. If guilt, jealousy, sadness or anything else negative comes up, just accept it with no judgement and move on from it.


This will help you understand why you are feeling these emotions, what caused them, and how you can change the circumstances so that you no longer have to feel them. When being mindful, try to put your thoughts in a stream of consciousness instead of a statement.


Start Writing While in a Mindful State

The most simple of mindful journaling activities is just to start writing about your thoughts in your journal once you reach a mindful and accepting state. You don't have only to write positive things, though; it helps if you can put a positive spin on the negative stuff too. What matters is staying with our non-judgmental, present self while writing and being transparent in everything we write.

Understanding Mindful Journaling

This practice is excellent for letting out tension, clarifying certain issues, and most importantly, letting go of shame and guilt. What's remarkable about writing is that it works with your subconscious mind. The more you do it, the more it works.


Write About Moments From Your Day

Another one of the easiest mindful journaling activities to use is to write about your day without discussing the future or past. Just write how you're feeling at different points in the day. Begin with what you did when you woke up and who else was home. What did it feel like getting ready? How do you feel right now sitting down writing this?


If anything feels off, start again with where and who things felt good before they changed to get back into balance.


Tip: For an instant mindfulness practice, try writing out your entire day from beginning to end - including details of whatever happened during each period of time. You could even take note of certain feelings associated with specific moments (like "excitement" or "peace").

Let it Go

The last step in this process is letting go. This helps you move past all your moments and beyond what's going on now. Understand that just because you feel anxious right now doesn't mean it'll be like that later. You can still let go!


Even if it seems like things will never change, you can still let go of that thought. You can still let go of the feelings of anxiety, even if you feel like they will never go away. Letting go doesn't mean you need to forget everything that happened or give up on what's happening now. It just means that you release control of these things.


You aren't ever stuck with these feelings; you can let go of them whenever you want. And the more often you let go, the easier it gets. The more often you practice letting go, the easier it is to let go next time.

Understanding Mindful Journaling

Mindful journaling is excellent for helping you understand your thoughts, feelings and emotions. It can also be a perfect tool for helping you let go of those thoughts, feelings and emotions whenever you need to.


When we write everything down, it forces us to slow down and think about what we're writing. It's the same principle as talking to a therapist, but you don't have to pay thousands of dollars to get the same benefit.


Writing everything down can help you process everything going on in your life and work through your thoughts and feelings.


What you write in your mindful journal doesn't matter, as long as you're being honest, mindful and genuine.

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