WRITING AND REFLECTION
Welcome back to Thursday Thoughts! Today we are riding the wave of yesterday’s ‘Creative Mindfulness’ and extending it out to written words. Writing can give us the opportunity to reflect upon, make sense of and streamline our thoughts, feelings, hopes and gratitudes.
Indeed, research has found that journaling for at least 25 minutes per day, three to five days per week can significantly improve both your mental and physical health.
So grab a pen and paper and give it a go!
“I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.”
– Flannery O’Connor
Write a ‘Morning Page’. After finishing your usual morning routine, try to fill three sides of A4 paper with your own personal stream of consciousness. Whatever is consuming you, write it down – any worries, frustrations, plans for the future, get it onto paper. It is important to stick to the three-page rule – no more, no less! And remember, this is about the process – the end product is not important. If you would like to read an article on Morning Pages, see here.
For a different approach, check out this TED Talk from Ryder Carroll, the creator of the Bullet Journal. He discusses how you can use journaling as a way of making sense of and channelling the thousands of thoughts in our brain. Also, here is his tutorial on how you can keep a bullet journal.