I started journaling years ago. I would religiously write at least three full pages a day. I’d spew all my anger, frustration and anxiety out. After each session, I’d feel better. What I noticed though, was my problems weren’t going away. Every day was the same rant.
I re read my rants and realized the issue. I was coming up with stuff to fill pages under the disguise of unblocking myself.
So. I switched gears. I bought myself a daily planner with blocks large enough to do a daily journal, but I was forced to be selective in what I wrote. Because my planner tells me to have an amazing ridiculous day, I chose to write the things that make me happy each day.
I put a heart as my bullet point and a short sentence. I put starts for thoughts and issues, but try to keep them positive (i.e.. kids are fighting, real issue?)
I re read them each week and carry my epiphany across on the header of the next week. I also do fun experiments via Pam Grouts books.
What I’ve learned is that blessings beget blessings and problems beget problems.
So, why write problems? If I have an issue… I phrase it as a meditation question and since taking this approach, the answer usually comes before I’m done writing. So I’ll write the answer down.
What I suggest is, spend 6 weeks spewing and ranting. Then re read. Then spend 6 weeks with a blessings journal and watch your life transform 🙂