Breathe. Quiet the mind. Sit still. Think of happy thoughts.
What do you do to achieve a peaceful mind?
We suggest trying meditation. It is very helpful if you want or need to clear some thoughts and become mentally strong. To achieve this, many people have resorted to methods that help them achieve a completely focused state.
Some go for a more streamlined approach where people use a systematic method of meditation to make it more holistic. Others do try a healing approach complete with essential oils and chants. And then, there’s also the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) kind of approach to mediation - trying your own ways with no strict rules to follow. Whatever method you choose, meditation is done best according to your preference and your willingness to see it through.
We believe that at the end of the day, the method shouldn’t matter more than what it’s trying to achieve.
What exactly is a meditation for?
This part is easy. Every meditation process has one goal at the end of it - to free up space in the mind for deeper focus or to achieve “mindfulness” which is most often defined asbeing fully aware of everything around you. Mindfulness is also the ability to focus on one thing when needed despite being open to everything. So many fail at these two things easily.
The concept of meditation is more spiritual than scientific with more emphasis on what you can get out of it than the process itself. It need not be too strict in order to be fully appreciated. We strongly believe that meditation is always going to be a beautiful exercise even for a beginner if you know the reasons why you're doing it.
Despite having many options available out there, there are still those who are looking for an easier approach to meditation. We understand it can be very intimidating to start a regimen if you don't find a way that suits you best. To this, we suggest starting with a simple pen and a paper - by journaling for meditation.
Journal it. Don't be intimidated. Starting a journal is a proven process. There are so many life-changing benefits of maintaining one. Once you get the habit going, you will see the world from a totally different perspective.
Here are a few important benefits to Journaling for Meditation:
- Declutter and Destress
First off, putting things down on paper is a great way to clear out what's on your mind. This is usually done to make room in your mind. This helps you avoid overloading your brain with too much information and then stress about forgetting a lot of them in the end. If you practice writing things down on a journal - as in every time you come across important information - believe it or not, you're already handling your stress better.
Journaling is a good way of reflection. Every time you write a piece of information down, you are also mentally organizing it in order of importance and making plans on how to process this information. It enables you to figure out future steps by evaluating the past. Having a plan is always a good way to boost productivity. You'll stress less if you have your life sorted out in a way that makes sense to you. The beauty of keeping a journal is there are no rules on how to do exactly that.
- Enhances Your Creativity
Creativity and mindfulness often go together. Remember that journaling does not conform to a strict structure in order to be functional. It highly depends on how you write and what you write about - your own space and time.
A journal forces you to become creative at your pace and skill without anyone ever judging you for it. You can also write anything you want fearlessly. There are no limits to what you can write about. Being bold this way enhances your ability to use your own surroundings for inspiration on how to present your thoughts.
Practice makes perfect, too. Don't expect to get good at the very beginning. For the same reason, athletes are so good at their sport, your brain needs to be trained to be creative too. The more you journal, the better your brain gets at putting together a creative thought or concept.
- Get To Know Yourself Better
You'll be surprised by what a journal can reveal about yourself. The more you write uninhibited thoughts, your journal will eventually function as your personal space for discovery. There are so many things to learn about “yourself” such as your ability (or lack of) to think positive thoughts, how organized you are, your dreams, fears, and true emotions just to name a few.
This self-discovery method may not be 100% scientific, however, journaling is the most effective way to be more aware of the “self”. It paves the way for self-acceptance and appreciation. It eveninvites self-reflection into your life too. The more it becomes a habit, the better you become at knowing what you lack and then pursue goals that fill it.
- True Appreciation of Time Alone
It is your time. Maintaining a journal daily, weekly or even monthly is great practice for learning to carve out time for yourself. Having time alone is more important for your well-being too. Some people may not do well at being alone but one of the most important benefits of having time spend by yourself is freedom and peace. It's actually therapeutic to spend more time, even an extra 15 minutes or an hour each day and dedicate that to being alone. This paves the way for a much more productive writing session in your journal.
We emphasize on Journaling as a form of Meditation because it is a way to carve out time for yourself to recoup on your thoughts, write them down and then make a habit out of this exercise to improve your overall mental health. Try it and see for yourself.