What I recommend is Journal Writing – I recommend it because I know the positive things it brings into my own life. I rate Journal Writing on par to Meditation in terms of the positive effect it can have on your life. I believe both disciplines bring huge benefits in terms of our wellbeing – mental, emotional and physical. The journal is a silent witness to whom I share my inner thoughts, concerns, ideas, concepts, possibilities, feelings, meanderings. I may start writing my journal from an initial idea that I want to write something out, but in the act of writing something else often happens – and it can often take me to shores I didn’t expect. It is a place where my shadows and shades can express themselves. Sometimes when I re-read journals I am surprised at the insight or wisdom I find etched on the pages. Sometimes I am amused by the endless pettiness and pickiness of what was ‘the issue’ from some prior time. A journal gets things into perspective.
The reason I think it has a positive effect on my life is that is a forum where I can offload, sort and process. I think everyone needs a forum that they can do that, and although my thing is Journal Writing, for you it may be exercise or art or whatever.
If you are considering Journal Writing, I would suggest that you buy a beautiful book specifically dedicated to that purpose. Ensure that your journal is private and off limits to others – the idea behind Journal Writing is that is a forum where you can say or express things that you would not necessarily do if you knew you had an audience – it is your private place. Many times I express or write things that I didn’t even know was lying beneath the surface – and what I write is not necessarily a reflection of my public persona. I tend to think that all journals should be stamped with a disclaimer at the front which says “the opinions or views expressed herein are not necessarily that held by the author”. I suggest you handwrite your journal – a blog, or writing your journal on a computer is not the same – the act of hand writing with errors, doodles, strike outs, leaky pens, spelling mistakes and bad grammar is a much more personal intimate experience.
Maybe Journal Writing isn’t your cup of tea. That’s okay. I don’t know what forum you have in your life for you to offload, sort and process, but whatever it is, I would suggest that you let yourself dive deeply. Unprocessed emotions, unsorted relationships, unreflected concerns, unexpressed ghosts of “could of, should of, would of” accumulate into ever larger and messy piles – and much like a hoarder – the space or energy you have left in your life to live your life gets smaller and smaller.
Life and health is a full energy experience, and by energy I mean more than physical energy – we also need emotional energy in order to maintain our health and wellbeing.