This post isn’t aimed at anything other than highlighting some of the sweet serendipities I’ve encountered along the healing journey. Though I would trade in a heartbeat the reason for suffering (losing the ones I love) I would not trade the suffering itself. Healing is a gift in its own right, and suffering brings us to new places we’d otherwise never set foot in. Journaling is one of the processes that has kept me going, learning, loving, and living.
“Those who are certain of the outcome can afford to wait, and wait without anxiety.” — A Course in Miracles
The above quote, when I first read it, struck me heavy in the heart. How nice would it be to live like I was certain of the outcome, without anxiety? Not even certain of a particular or concrete outcome, like “I am sure this is true” but “I am okay with the mystery and I am going to be okay no matter what.”
Developing that certainty of being okay no matter what is possibly the greatest gift that the healing journey has given to me.
Writing in a journal has been a real tonic during this process.
I kept a journal when I was younger, but only in recent years picked it back up to find clarity in nearly all realms of life: healing, relationships, spirituality, creativity, career. The process of pen + paper has a totally different feel and quality to it than does punching keys and staring at a screen—the latter gets stale (and my eyes, head, and heart fuzzy) real fast.
Even though a journal seems reminiscent of childhood, and meant to stay there, the habit can be enlightening for adults who are trying to navigate the world with more ease and joy. Personally, my healing journey would be a whole lot more chaotic if not for sheets of actual paper.
For the healing heart, a journal is a window into what’s true and possible, an illumined path back to deep love, a clearing away of the debris that keeps one stuck in suffering.
How a Journal Enriches, Enlightens and Reinforces the Healing Journey
In general, journaling your way through the healing journey not only ushers the process along, but it makes sure you’re really taking that trip. It’s easy not to show up for what hurts and to instead bypass the opportunities for real growth and transformation. It’s hard to do that if you’re sincerely taking the time to sit with yourself and with what’s showing up, and let it all bleed onto pages.
I’m absolutely certain of the service a simple journaling routine can provide us with, regardless of what we’re healing from—losing loved ones, battling anxiety, surviving depression, facing failure, health scares, living with the questions that have no solid answers.The healing path is rich with serendipity, like treasures tucked away in ordinary-looking rocks. Journaling helps us uncover the hidden gems of being alive. tweet this
I’m feeling all sorts of spiritual wonder lately when I step away from my computer screen and pick up my journal instead. That’s what led me to the following listing of benefits that a simple ritual like journaling can offer to those who want to heal.
These are the gifts I’ve given myself so far, just because I decided to take the cap off my pen, and thus the thorns out of my heart:
- Conscious transformation: you can see how you’re growing while you’re growing and be more aware and involved in your own growth.
- Clarity of mind: you can sort through the voices in your head, disidentify with them, discard limiting or destructive beliefs, and choose the ones that are most productive and helpful.
- Presence of whole self: writing puts you fully in the moment, which is a fruitful practice that seeps into the rest of your life.
- The growth of courage: you’re showing up for what hurts and practicing working with it and moving beyond it.
- Getting comfortable living with the questions before the answers come; waiting without anxiety; embracing the mystery.
- Getting to the root of your wounds so you can actually heal yourself.
- Clarity of purpose: understanding your “why” so you can create the life you most resonate with.
- The release of attachments and addictions: seeing it on paper allows you to let go because you see how much it’s not serving your expansion.
- Authenticity: getting to know your real self, what you care about, what matters and what doesn’t.
- Authentic self-love: deepening your relationship with yourself in a healthy way.
- Deeper relationships with others in response to your honest relationship with yourself.
- Honoring what you’re really feeling so you can heal it and create a life based on how you want to feel.
- Understanding what you’re grateful for, afraid of, tired of, excited for, offended by, and inspired by.
- Empowerment to rewrite patterns.
- Space for all your interests, desires, and dreams to be nourished.
- Space to integrate everything you’ve learned (from podcasts, lectures, blogs, books, other people, life assignments).
- Appreciation for how far you’ve come.
- Spiritual wonder.
- The ability to plant yourself in each step and respect the processes rather than always striving for an outcome.
- True worth: instead of working so hard on making your body look beautiful, you find your worth beyond physicality and focus on making your life look beautiful.
- Intuitive intelligence: learning to trust your intuition and your own decisions more.
- Relief because you can let it all out safely.
- Getting to be your own guru and putting in the GPS where you want to go.
- Self-compassion: being the supportive person you need in a tough situation.
What gifts has keeping a journal given you? (Any kind of journal, even if it’s just writing lists for yourself. Even writing in general.)
What do you need to clear away that has kept you stuck in suffering? (Just acknowledging it is a huge step in that direction.)
Please share your personal practices that help you heal, and any stories of growth or enlightenment (like, moments of “Oh, I get it now”) with me in the comments. I’d love to hear your insights too.
Send a little sunshine to someone today and share this post with them; they might appreciate the insight into someone else’s healing path.
The healing journey is worth it. You are the journey, and you’re worth the gracious surprises that come with that.