Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Magic of Journaling Part III

How-to Draw doodles from Pinterest
I've written about the benefits and blessings that come with journaling, but the magic comes from making things happen, not just writing about the past.

Many of us write goals we'd like to accomplish. This goes way beyond goals.

Writing, especially for me, sharpens my focus a hundred fold.

I believe in the universal Law of Attraction and I struggle with negativity. When I write about my problems I try to concentrate on the positive. Writing about the negative, angry feelings also get magnified and I attract more negative things if I'm not careful.

When I'm particularly frustrated, I'll go ahead and vent in my secret-keeper. Then I think about what I want to have happen and write it in a single sentence that starts with "I am grateful that..." over and over again until I fill a page.

This allows me to focus my energy on the positive outcome I desire and has helped bring to pass the desires of my heart. They don't always come as soon as I write them, but they do come.

I use the power of positive thought along with prayers of faith. Expect the Miracle!

The Law of Attraction is how the universe works. Gratitude for what we have now and for what we will have is a powerful positive force. It allows Heavenly Father to continue sending us more to be grateful for.

The doodle page above is the result of my desire to write children's books and do the illustrations. I don't think of myself as an artist so I looked up some doodle how-tos and practiced in my journal. This is the first step in obtaining this desire. My mind is turning from thinking I can't draw to thinking I can draw. It's all a matter of practice and positive thinking and my journal is the playground. No one else has to see my doodles. I can experiment all I want with pictures and words.

What secret ambitions can you make happen?

Friday, July 26, 2013

The Magic of Journaling Part II

Salli Hollenzer wrote an article in the April 2008 Ensign titled My Journal, My Testimony.  She listed blessings she received from keeping a journal (summarized below):

April 2008
1-A written family record of details that are a practical source of information.
2-A clearer, richer memory of the past.
3-A practical method of setting goals, tracking progress, and following through on commitments.
4-A therapeutic means to resolve emotional, social, and spiritual issues.
Writing gets to the heart of the issue quicker, and we retain the lessons of life easier.
5-Improved writing skills.
6-Many righteous desires are eventually fulfilled.
7-Created a form of personal scripture by recording inspirations and revelations received.

What are some of the blessings you've received from keeping a journal?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Magic of Journaling Part I

This is the first in a series of six or seven posts about my new found love of Journaling. This post also introduces my new page about The Magic of Journaling.

In the next several weeks I will be posting many of the things I have learned while I took time off from blogging to explore this art form.

I've always taken seriously the commandment to keep a journal. It was on "the list". You know the one--the list of chores or duties that I should fulfill. I took it to the point of feeling guilty when I didn't write everyday.

I don't feel that it is so much a sin of omission as much as blessings I missed out on by not keeping a journal. Here's a quote from my journal dated 27 April 2008:

"Today I learned more about journal writing--a commandment that I should've done better at all these years. The Lord doesn't always punish us for not keeping a commandment, but he cannot bless us with those blessings we could've had if we had been obedient."

I look back over the last 30 years and wonder how much farther along my writing skills would be today if I had made time for even a paragraph a day then.

When I researched the life of my great-grandmother, a midwife, I longed to have a copy of her journal. I wanted to know how she dealt with leaving six children (the oldest was 11) at home while she fulfilled her calling. It was estimated that she delivered over 500 babies in the twenty years she practiced, but I could not find any records. To me that was tragic. She must've been overwhelmed with all of the work she had to do, and maybe she did keep a journal that since became lost. No one knows, but whatever the reason I feel the loss.

Spencer W. Kimball said, "Your journal is your autobiography, so it should be kept carefully. You are unique, and there may be incidents in your experience that are more noble and praiseworthy in their way than those recorded in any other life..

"What could you do better for your children and your children's children than to record the story of your life, your triumphs over adversity, your recovery after a fall, your progress when all seemed black, your rejoicing when you had finally achieved.

"We hope you will begin as of this date. If you have not already commenced this important duty in your lives, get a good notebook, a good book that will last through time and into eternity for the angels to look upon. Begin today and write in it your goings and your comings, your deeper thoughts, your achievements, and your failures, your associations and your triumphs, your impressions and your testimonies. We hope you will do this, our brothers and sisters, for this is what the Lord has commanded, and those who keep a personal journal are more likely to keep the Lord in remembrance in their daily lives."

No two people will record the same incident in the same way.

More than a blessing--my journal has become a dear, trusted friend. When I can't burden family or friends I take my problems to my journal.

Writing forces me to ponder my feelings into words. Often times, an answer I wouldn't have thought of on my own presents itself by the time I finish my entry.

Journaling has gone from one of those have-to-do's to a get-to-do and an I-can't-wait-until-I-get-some-alone-time-to-do.

"To you women of today, who are old or young, may I suggest to you that you write, that you keep journals, that you express your thoughts on paper. Writing is a great discipline. It is a tremendous education effort. It will assist you in various ways, and you will bless the lives of many--now and in the years to come, as you put on paper some of your experiences and some of your musings."
~Gordon B. Hinckley~

What are some of your feelings about keeping a journal?

Part II will summarize some of the benefits of journaling.
Part III will discuss making Magic.
Part IV will focus on my discovery of Art Journaling.
Part V Journaling with kids.
Part VI Supplies, tools, ideas, and templates