by Jo Coppola

Journaling is like going home. We always have this place to come back to, to check in. To introduce a situation and spend the time to write how this is impacting us. We can divulge in details that we don’t have to feel judged by. It is our thoughts, our words, our feelings coming through. Sometimes we are not looking for a resolution, but merely to hear what we think. Our own reactions. Our own feedback. Everyone has an opinion when we talk about ourselves. That is the natural condition of communication with each other.  We share, we receive. It seems to work that way in our ability to share our thoughts with others. With journaling, we write, we share, we read. We continue to process as only we can do, and we begin by listening to our own voice, on paper. It is a sacred part of our inner feelings, to be able to put thoughts into words. 

Through journaling, we get a sense of how deeply we feel about certain things. Emotions have a way of making us think things through a little differently when we’re writing about them rather than talking about them with another person. There is nothing wrong with talking to someone else, but it’s good to put on paper what that "self talk" looks like when we journal. 

Journaling is the friend we can always count on, the knowledge that no matter the time, the mood, or the situation, we are always free to share our deepest thoughts we are involved in, with ourselves. There are people who cannot sleep through the night, waking with thoughts that occupy a space in their minds that they are not able to turn off. Journaling is a place to put thoughts, share the feelings we are connected to, and clarify the deepest concerns that trouble the mind in the middle of the night. It is like going to the therapist and unleashing the noise that disturbs the equilibrium of two worlds. People carry their journals with them through the day as if it were their best friend, because any time in the day to day, we may need to stop and reflect. These are also our words,not connected to the illusions of life that may prevent us from making sense of the meaning of our individual lives. We get to author that book, the one we write, the stories we tell, and only with our pen, or our keyboard. Journaling becomes the go to, and without any direct conclusion to be concerned about, there is no bias with our words because those very words are describing the emotional part of the system of our beliefs and expectations that make us, us. We are therefore free to keep those words, and everything they represent to ourselves. 

"Only You Can Write Your Own Story!"