Know your mind through journaling

Perhaps those who read my blog already know many of the benefits of journal writing. But, this past Saturday afternoon, I learned that the more journal writing benefits that you know about, the better!

Over the weekend I gave a Holistic Journaling workshop to some amazing women who are part of a Cancer Support Group. When I came to the portion of the workshop where we talk about the benefits of journaling, although everyone had kept a journal for varying periods of time throughout their lives, they could only come up with about 10 benefits.  Luckily for me, I had my handy list of over 100 Journal Writing Benefits with me!  As we went over some of them, the ladies became excited and infused with new ideas for their journaling. I loved watching them become motivated and seeing them become or re-dedicate themselves to their journals.

All this to say… I’ll continue to post about Journaling benefits! Including the following from John and Patrice Robson at

Happy Inklings! Jill

“The incredible thing about the human mind is that it didn’t come with an instruction book.” — Terry Riley

Is your mind your BEST FRIEND or your WORST ENEMY? So few people know how they think, create, learn or intuit. When we take our mental processes for granted, we lose our creative genius.

Our minds play the same messages over and over again. About 95% of what we do, think and say comes from OLD PATTERNING in our subconscious minds. So how do we break from these stuck, limiting patterns? Journaling helps.

Journaling is a process of quickly capturing our thoughts and feelings on paper. (You think about 60,000 thoughts per day. How many are you aware of?) Unless we write them down, thoughts disappear. But once we can see what we’re thinking, we can LEARN TO THINK IN DIFFERENT WAYS. We can group, synthesize, add to and change our thoughts. We can consider them from different perspectives. And as we work with this information on paper, we bring it back into our minds – this is HOW WE LEARN.

Our minds work at about 1000 words per minute, but WHEN WE WRITE, WE SLOW DOWN to about 100 words a minute. This allows thoughts to be recorded deeply in the subconscious. It also supports more focused, creative thinking. We are able to see and sense between the written words. We can also see and sense the synergy and new interpretations of many words at once. That’s why journaling brings up so many insights and fresh ideas.

As writer Natalie Goldberg says, “The positive thing about writing is that you connect with yourself in the deepest way, and that’s heaven. You get a chance to know who you are, to know what you think. You begin to have a relationship with your mind.” Better yet, we can discover our mind to be our best friend. And our life will never be the same.

The more you use your brain, the more brain you will have to use.” — George A. Dorsey

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