"Write hard and clear about what hurts."
- Earnest Hemmingway
Starting a daily journal writing practice not only invites fluidity into your written expression, You will also find yourself speaking more honestly as well. Writing everyday will help you express yourself in a freer, more authentic way.
Regular writing practice is a way to explore your thoughts and feelings through words. Expressive journal writing can elucidate problematic thinking patterns and illuminate the deeper beliefs that are not serving you.
To begin, relax your body and close your eyes. Empty your mind and place your attention within. Simply wait. As your thoughts arise, write them down spontaneously without worrying about whether they make sense.
Do not censor your written self-expression. No thought is irrelevant. You can choose to write fast, so as to not overthink. Or, you can choose to write very slowly, allowing each thought to arrive up from your depths.
Benefits of Expressive Journal Writing:
1. Having a safe place (your private journal) to express your authentic voice allows you to practice honest self-expression.
2. Clarifying thoughts and feelings deepens your connection to your deeper preferences, needs and goals.
3. Knowing yourself better through daily writing will help you to better discern what situations and people feel healthy and toxic to you.
4. Writing about intensely charged thoughts helps to release stress and painful emotions.
Expressive Journaling Tips:
Buddhist and writer Natalie Goldberg shares how a daily intuitive writing practice can inspire the growth of your authentic voice:
1.) Lose Control. Say what you want to say. Do not worry if it is polite, correct, or appropriate. Just let it rip.
2.) Be specific. Don't muddy your language with generalities.
3.) Don't think. Write down your first thoughts. Go with what first flashes into your mind.
4.) Don't worry about punctuation, spelling and grammar.
6. Be free to write the worst junk.
7.) Go for the jugular. Write about what is scary. That is where the energy is. Otherwise you spend all of your time writing around what makes you nervous.