Journaling | Spiritual Practice or Quest Writing
Many of us document transitional periods of adversity, insight or revelation while experiencing spiritual crisis, divorce, illness, depression or grief. Journaling is one of the most satisfying methods of working through difficult times in our lives. Not only does it provide relief in the present moment but there is something uniquely magical and profound in periodically retracing the steps of our personal or spiritual growth through insights we have documented in troubled times.
Format: The Transition Journal
This type of writing is often deeply private. Arrange to secure your journal so that children or family members who might be alarmed by descriptions of your deepest fears or feelings don’t inappropriately read it. You should feel free to write whatever comes to mind without worrying about editing your inner voice, the most useful and critical guide at hand in times of adversity. If what you write surprises and alarms you, trust yourself to decide to seek outside help and guidance, knowing that your writing is your ally and may be extremely important in a therapeutic or medical situation. If this is the case, you may wish to include notes on your meetings with physicians, therapists and other health practitioners.
Time changes everything. Gradually, the intensity and acuteness of your writing will fade, until the pressing emotional needs of your transition had lead you to a different phase of your life, hopefully, one in which writing is still essential but for different, more joyful purposes..
Format: The Metaphysical Chronicle
Less formal metaphysical approaches might include a daily gratitude journal or daily affirmations manifested in writing.
Format: The Religious Practice Companion Journal
Many people of different religious denominations, making a study of their chosen religious texts, enjoy keeping a companion journal in which to copy inspirational text for the day or express spiritual inspiration in their own words. This may come in the form of enlightened perceptions, spiritual home- work, personal prayers or thoughts concerning issues or loved ones we are praying for.
For those fortunate to experience feelings of deep spiritual bliss or connection and seek to describe their experience in writing, reference the works of Thomas Merton, Thich Nhat Hanh, Krishamurti, Mechthild of Magdeburg, Theresa of Avila, Jalal ad-Din Rumi, or Hildegard von Bingen.