34 Benefits of Writing In A Journal: Manifest by Using The Power of Your Mind
There are many benefits to writing in a journal. However, this list focuses on how writing in a journal can help you manifest with the power of your mind.
1. Journaling helps you express your soul.
Luckily, a journal is not social media. You don’t have to curate what you write down perfectly. You don’t have to force yourself to be witty, sage-like, or nonchalantly cool. You get to be...you. You get to explore and express exactly what it is that your soul wants to say because you don’t have to put on a front for yourself.
2. Partake of the wonders and powers of your mind.
Your mind is a wondrously powerful mechanism. It can literally create your reality out of thin air. Think of it this way:
“Everything you see was once someone’s idea. Nothing exists in our world that did not first exist as pure thought.” Thought is the first level of creation.
“Next comes the word. Everything you say and write is a thought expressed. Words are the second level of creation.”
Finally, comes action. “Actions are words moving.” What you think and the words you write and/or say will determine the actions you take.
So, yeah it’s important to choose your words carefully but it’s even more important to choose your thoughts carefully.
3. Sit alone with the silence.
“The silence holds the secrets.” When you get the opportunity to think and write in silence, you are better able to hear yourself without the influence of the outside world. Commit to the silence and take advantage of it by writing down your thoughts.
4. Balance yourself.
We always say “body, mind, soul” when it should be the other way around (i.e. soul, mind, body). No matter how you say them, what’s most important is maintaining a good balance of these three parts. The best way to stay balanced is to understand how they work with each other.
“The soul indicates its desires” when you sit still, cancel out the noise and listen. This is all that the soul can do. It can direct your attention to what it is that it wants to experience. And it does this in a very small voice.
Next, “the mind chooses from its alternatives.” Consider this: your soul isn’t the only “voice” speaking to you. There’s also the ego (ya know, the one responsible for fear, self-doubt, lack of confidence, procrastination, etc.). Your mind makes a choice on which desire it will pursue according to the “voice” it has listened to (either your soul or your ego).
Lastly, “the body acts out that choice.” For example, maybe your soul whispered that it wants to help vulnerable animals by building an animal sanctuary; and your ego yelled out that it wants to make a lot of money representing corporate clients. Depending on the alternative that your mind chose, your body could either be acting out being an animal rescue director or a high-powered attorney.
When writing in your journal, listen for and write down what your soul desires.
5. Decide your spiritual journey.
The purpose of a spiritual journey is to experience life - to experience it in the highest, grandest version that you can imagine. Write down what you want to experience spiritually. Your journal is a private space free of the constrictions of organized religion. Ask God your most pressing questions here - the ones you might be afraid to say out loud.
6. Improve your mindset.
Writing down the things in your mind is the best way to observe and improve them.
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7. Create a vision for your life.
You can “choose your own destiny in this instant.” We give away our power when we think that we have no control over how we live our lives. Write down the vision you have for your life in detail.
“Life will ‘take off’ for you, then, when you choose for it to.
8. Think powerful thoughts.
Write down powerful affirmations and list all of the great things about you that you haven’t been able to say out loud to yourself just yet.
9. Explore your life’s purpose.
Use your journal to explore your purpose. Write down the things that come naturally to you. Write down the signs that you have received about what you could be doing to live out the highest, grandest version of yourself. Be honest with yourself about whether you are pursuing that purpose. If you aren’t, try to understand what’s stopping you.
10. Develop a deeper relationship with God.
Write letters to God. Share your worries, ambitions, and ideas. Give thanks and ask for guidance in your journal.
11. Observe your path of evolution.
The first step to evolving (something we’re all doing whether we’re conscious of it or not) is to observe it. Observe how far along you’ve come. Then, when you know where you want to go, observe where you are now so that you can observe how much farther along you have to go.
The best way to experience evolution is consciously. Choose (the operative word here) to change your “thoughts, words, and actions so that they match the grandest vision” that you have of yourself. Of course, this will “require tremendous mental and physical effort. It will entail constant, moment-to-moment monitoring of your every thought, word, and deed.” But it is not impossible.
12. Evolve into a higher state of consciousness.
Use your journal to understand who you really are and the power that lies within you. Write out the ways that you will stop holding yourself back to propel yourself forward.
13. Bring into full realization every aspect of your being.
How do you do this, you ask? Neale Donald Walsch, author of Conversations With God, suggests a few ways to do this: “Be a light. Share. Avoid the mundane. Do not accept the unacceptable. Make every moment of your life an outpouring of love. Use every moment to think the highest thought, say the highest word, do the highest deed.”
He goes on to also suggest that all of us collectively: “Be peace. Embrace every circumstance, own every fault, share every joy, contemplate every mystery, walk in every man’s shoes, forgive every offense (including your own), heal every heart, honor every person’s truth, adore every person’s God, protect every person’s rights, preserve every person’s dignity, promote every person’s interests, provide every person’s needs, presume every person’s holiness, present every person’s greatest gifts, produce every person’s blessings, and pronounce every person’s future secure in the assured love of God.”
Be sure to write it all down.
14. Create the experiences you want to have in your life.
Truth be told, many of us are not happy with “where we are in life.” Fortunately, this is an easy fix. Write down the experiences that you want to have; some people call this a bucket list (i.e. road trip, jump from a plane, eat at the most expensive restaurant in America, run a marathon, see Europe by train).
Then, go do them. Yes, it’s just that easy. Release yourself of every excuse that you could think up and do each experience one at a time.
15. Explore your feelings and emotions.
There is a difference between the two and it is important that you know it. Read the blog post below to get the details as to how you can stop giving your power away by taking control of feelings and emotions.
16. Hone your power message.
Writing a power message is a lot like writing a personal mission statement.
My own power message is: be a light. Use your journal to write out yours. Check out the article below for the step-by-step on how to write your own.
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17. Observe your learning in life.
Learning is a lifelong process and each day, you should write down what you’ve learned. After some time, you can go back through your journal to observe what you’ve learned. Then, decide what other new things you want to learn. You can take it a step further by observing how the things you’ve learned have made an impact on your life.
18. Find out what brings you joy.
Use your journal to record every moment where you’ve felt joyful. You might surprise yourself by finding things in your writing that you never would have thought could bring you joy. Repeat doing those things.
19. Discover your power and what comes naturally to you.
We never think that the things that come naturally to us are worthy of being proclaimed as “gifts” but that’s what they are. Your gifts are the easiest way to tap into your personal power because they are your power.
20. Love on your body.
Many of the messages that we receive daily tells us to hate our bodies. However, you should use your journal to write down the amazing things that your body allows you to do (i.e. legs to hike, a womb to give birth, arms to hug those you love, eyes to see the beautiful things that surround you, a heartbeat to live).
21. Practice gratitude.
Writing down a prayer of thanks is the most powerful prayer you can write. Giving thanks for the things you have and the things you will have can literally shape your life. Try to write down at least 3 things you are thankful for every day.
22. Write down all your great qualities.
This is the best reminder you can have of your uniqueness and the gifts you have to share with the world. If you can’t think of any great qualities, reach out to family and friends and ask them.
23. Encourages you to speak your truth.
You learn to speak authentically when you’ve been practicing writing in your authentic voice.
24. Practice self-care.
Journaling should become an important part of your self-care routine. It has just as many benefits for the mind as massages, grooming, eating healthy, and baths have for the body.
25. Learn to trust your intuition.
Our intuition is our greatest compass – our sixth sense. Yes, it takes practice to learn to listen it but when you do, the rewards are great. To develop it, you have to use it every day, all the time. We tend to realize when we didn’t listen to it after we have regrets on how we would have done something differently or “should have gone with our first mind.” By observing this in your journal, you can help yourself develop your intuition by listening to it more frequently.
26. Live beyond your fear and self-doubt.
We all intuitively know that our fears are not real, and our self-doubts are made up. You remove their power when you address them with thoughts and words. Your journal can become your greatest weapon against both your fears and self-doubts.
27. Embrace the transitions happening in your life.
Transitions come to usher us into the next phase of our lives. Use your journal to determine how you will use your transitional time productively.
It’s one thing to “brain dump” into a journal; it’s another thing to use it to effectively to constructively write. The latter option gives you the opportunity to focus on and through whatever topic you’ve chosen to write about.
29. Challenge yourself.
Use your journal to write down your goals. Use it to plan out ways to replace your bad habits with good ones. Make it work for you in becoming a higher, grander version of yourself.
30. Live right NOW.
Although it can be healthy and productive to write about the past and your future plans, it is equally beneficial to right about how you feel right now. Use your journal to help you become self-aware and practice mindfulness - of being in the present.
31. Learn to take constructive criticism.
Obviously, you don’t want to always write about how you reacted to what a person has done or said to you. However, you can use that time to observe how you react to constructive criticism. If you find that you have a hard time accepting constructive criticism, use your journal to think of ways it can help you reach your goals.
32. Develop a process for accomplishing your goals.
It’s one thing to write down your goals. You also need to write out how you intend to accomplish them. Set “S.M.A.R.T.” goals in your journal.
I’m not suggesting that journaling be replaced with psychotherapy with a professional (if that’s what you need). However, it can be used as a good companion in processing some of the things you encountered in your therapy session.
34. Write down your story so that you can tell your story.
Often, we tell the story of ourselves where we are the victims. Use your journal to “rewrite” your story but this time, make yourself the victor.
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