THE TIME-TESTED PRACTICE of journaling is a discipline of the mind as well as the body. Just writing something down often provides immediate relief, especially if we allow the words to move from our minds down the arm to the page without passing by that pesky editor who lives in our heads.
Think of journaling as a kind of divine flow chart, with feelings moving from the head to the heart to the paper. In spiritual journaling, the inner critic needs to be fired — you know, the one who says, “That’s not a complete sentence. Did you spell that correctly? What will people think if they read this? Surely you don’t mean that! Are you nuts?”
Over time, a kind of spontaneous conversation develops on the pages. New thoughts bubble up. Solutions and insights appear. God guides us through the unfettered expressions of the soul as we write those longings on paper.
– Linda Douty
Praying in the Messiness of Life
From page 48 of Praying in the Messiness of Life: 7 Ways to Renew Your Relationship with God by Linda Douty. Copyright © 2011 by Linda Douty. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
If you journal, what advice would you give someone who is starting? If not, what do you want to know about journaling? Share your thoughts.
Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law they meditate day and night.
Psalm 1:1-2, NRSV
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This week we remember: John Chrysostom (September 13).
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