My Spiritual Journey: Journaling
I recently wrote a post about practicing gratitude on my spiritual journey. Though I have seen immediate changes and improvements in my life, I have recently learned that results shouldn’t be expected immediately. Often, we hear about how something works, and we jump into it, rushing toward the end result. Some people only try fasting because they want to reap the benefits of weight loss. Those people sometimes completely leave out the spiritual part of a fast. As I researched and read several articles about practicing gratitude, I got excited about what happens when we’re grateful for things, and I started to shift my focus to what I might get out of it, rather than simply being thankful for things that I already have and for the things that happen in my day-to-day life.
I decided to let go of the end result, and I immediately felt more relaxed. Then, I started a never-ending list of things for which I am thankful. Every day, I add to this list. Some days there are several things added to my list, while other days, there are only a few. Now, I understand much more, when people say that if they spent the rest of their lives saying thanks for their daily blessings, they still couldn’t say thanks enough. I’m sure that we aren’t always accounting for every breath we take and the ability of our limbs, let alone other things that we sometimes don’t even realize.
Once I started listing my gratitude from a true place of thanksgiving, I would wake up to some amazing news! My spiritual life is starting to thrive, and my career is benefiting from it as well. In addition to journaling my gratitude, I have been tracking my thoughts, and training myself to think more positively. I think that we naturally have negative thoughts, but we have control over which thoughts can stay and which thoughts must be changed into something positive. In my journal, I have also been writing down my vision for my future. I’ve heard, all my life, “Write the vision, and make it plain” but for whatever reason, I have never taken it literally until recently.
If you are looking for guidance, a better spiritual life, happiness, and purpose, I recommend journaling. It’s a great feeling to look back through my older journals to see how far I’ve come. I am reminded of my dreams, thoughts, and goals, when I read what I’ve written in the past.
Do you journal? If not, do you think you will give it a try?