"Using Journaling to Engage in Positive Internal Dialogue" was expressly written for my friend, Maria Calo's website. She asked me to write an article about what I'm doing that could featured on her site. We thought it might be a good place to put it since we have an overlapping market - that's a fancy way of saying that people who seek her services out as a hypnotherapist, reiki master and holistic health consultant might also be interested in attending my journaling workshops or webinars, or who'd be seeking life coaching or empowerment-related writing consultation services.
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People who live in this kind of environment don’t always know how to stop and experience life in its natural state: with enough time to acknowledge their own presence. They’re not only unfocused, they rarely stop long enough to acknowledge or receive the true blessings of their rich lives. The result of a life directed by frequent bursts of texts, emails and urgent interruptions, is a life of exhaustion, with ultimately no sense of purpose.
This is where journaling comes in. We all struggle with everyday problems. You’re not alone in your relationship conflicts, your anxieties, your feelings of shame and guilt, your dependence on people, or your addictions. You are especially not alone in your loneliness. In truth, most of today’s problems stem from old thinking in a new age. We don’t know how to develop new ways of thinking. In the meantime, the world around us and its needs are changing at lightning speed.
So what exactly is positive internal dialogue? Positive internal dialogue is a way to make internal observations designed to produce a positive outcome. There are many ways you can create a practice for yourself but one of the most satisfying ways is to engage your mind in introspection through words, images and actions.
When we write words on paper or type words on a screen, we’re using the thinking process.Most non-professional writers become quite nervous when confronted by the “blank page.” The paper or screen asks you to start from nothing and create something. But if you’re writing for yourself, who do you have to please? Who will criticize you? Who will tell you that you can’t write? Think of writing when you’re alone as potentially as joyful as singing in the shower when you have the house to yourself!--
Images help us “give birth” to ideas. Meditation is a great way to call forth images. When we let pictures tickle us and lead us into thinking and then writing, we free ourselves from the craziness of life. We can think, feel, and enjoy experiences again, problem-solve, write silly poetry, write about someone or something that really ticked us off on a given day. When we write, we discover that there’s more to life than mindlessly doing, doing, doing!
Actions are often a result of the thinking process. If you journal out a problem or situation, you actually have before you the power to swing into action. You might be able to go back to that person who you had a terrible argument with at work with a clear head and new thinking. “Hey, I was thinking. I didn’t mean to blame you for the deadline I missed yesterday. I should’ve realized your end of the project would take a few days given what you’re already working on. Sorry about that.”