In this post I want to give some suggestions on how to use your journal to enhance your meditation. There are many benefits for keeping a journal and you can go to my article on journaling to see some of those benefits. But when it comes to meditation, journaling is an extremely powerful way to retain and reinforce into your subconscious mind the information you received from God.
Let me begin by saying this, there is no one best way to keep a journal. These are just a few suggestions that have worked for me over the past 20 years. So here are some different ways to journal.
Dialogue journaling is a manuscript conversation between you and God. It is a powerful way to learn How to Hear from God. I highly encourage anyone seeking God’s specific will for their lives to dialogue journal. Dialogue journaling is an excellent way to get answers from God while developing a deeper relationship with Him. The way it works is you pour your thoughts out on paper and then record God’s response. A good suggestion is to start a separate line entry each time you respond to God or God responds to you. That way when you go back and read it latter it is clear who is talking.
Journaling for Change
Journaling for change is when God, or you, have identified an area in your life in which you need to change. It could be an addiction, overcoming a fear, or just forming a new habit. Whatever the situation, you want to commit to journaling about it daily until the change has taken root. Each day you want to make an entry about that topic no matter how long or how short the entry. If God speaks to you about it journal it. If you read something about it or something happened during the day concerning it, journal it.
For example, I am working on being more consistent. Every day I write something about being consistent. I even write the number of days that I have engaged in the change process: “97th day of Consistency and counting.” Even if I forget or skip a day, in the next journal entry I give an explanation why. Through journaling I record the change process and hold myself accountable along the journey.
Journaling for Emotional Healing
This is better known as therapy journaling. In a previous post I explained how meditation anchors our emotion. Journaling is an important part of that process because it helps us identify, clarify, except, and choose our emotions. When done correctly journaling literally is the tool used to take control.
If the Holy Spirit brings back an event during your mediation and there is a pain associated with it, He wants to heal you of that pain. Normally He wants you to relive the event from a different perspective. This is a very difficult process alone, but with the help of the Holy Spirit it can be done. Here are some suggestions:
- § Write the event in your journal identifying the emotions you felt.
- § In the journal ask the tough questions. Where those emotions justified? Where they healthy? If the event involved an offense or abuse, was the offender possibly in pain themselves? Could they have been a victim that now victimize? What part did you play? Where was God?
The key with journaling during this process is to get it out! You want to bring all the thoughts and feelings out so that you can dismantle any unhealthy or irrational emotions. The best way to do this is to review and analyze the root cause of your emotions. Journaling aids in that process.
Journaling to Overcome Fear
If you live by faith it is inevitable that God is going to require you to do something that is outside your comfort zone. He will require you to step out in faith. That can be scary, but you cannot let your fears stop you. Meditation can help you erase those fears and move beyond your comfort zone. There is a process called future pacing. Look for it in my next post.
I hope this post has been of some help to you. Until the next post…