Shiny things! I was so wrapped up in my excitement over new technology (see “Journaling and Friction,” 8/27/12) that I forgot to mention the two most important things about journaling.
Today on Facebook I came across the following blog post from Kripalu. It’s very honest, and therefore authentic, and therefore, in my mind, highly commendable.
You don’t have to write 27 pages.
It reminded me to share these two important things about journaling.
The first is smṛti, memory or “what is remembered.” Journaling has helped me go back to remember ideas, or “the way it was” when I arrived at a particular crossroads or sense of resolve.
The second is bhāvana, “cultivation,” or “development.” This was an important idea from my Anusara immersions. One of the things I have valued most about the teachers to whom I gravitate has been their ability to put the teachings in their own words. They’re not just parroting a script. Journaling helps with this process of taking things into one’s own heart, of entering a place of profound individuality, so to find the commonality of experience.
May you find some way to record your own experiences, if only for yourself, to chart your course over your own spiritual landscape.