The Benefits of Daily Journaling: Writing, Mental Clarity, Life Observation

The Benefits of Daily Journaling: Writing, Mental Clarity, Life Observation

Feel like there’s something missing sometimes? Do you feel as though there’s a void that is impossible to fill? Journaling may be the answer to this. When we write, it forces us to think more deeply about our thoughts and feelings. It also helps us gain perspective on ourselves and those around us. And when we reflect upon what happened today, journaling can help with our mental clarity by keeping track of all the events in our lives daily. Let’s examine the benefits of keeping a daily journal-

1. What is journaling, and how does it help you in your life?

Journaling is the act of writing about your thoughts and feelings – it can be done in any form, including on paper or a computer. It helps us gain perspective by thinking more deeply about what we are thinking and how we feel. It also helps with mental clarity because we can keep track of all the events in our lives daily.

In addition, journaling is a form of self-expression and creativity that has been proven to reduce stress levels by releasing tension from your body. Finally, it’s an excellent way to improve your writing skills as well as learn life lessons.

Having journaled for a couple of months now, I can’t express how beneficial it has been to me. It’s like my therapist on paper because they seem to have more clarity and meaning when I write down my thoughts than if I just think them. And the best part is that it’s literally free! The cost of a notebook is all that you need to spend.

2. Why should I start journaling? What are the benefits?

You should start journaling because it has many benefits. This form of self-expression and creativity soothes the soul and can reduce stress levels by releasing tension. Besides improving writing skills, it also enhances mental clarity. It is an excellent way to learn life lessons while improving your confidence in expressing yourself through the written word.

I think the more you write, the better it will be for your mental state. One of my favourite things about journaling is that I can make a list to help me with groceries or what needs to get done around the house in one easy place – and when I look back on these lists later, they are beneficial! It’s like having a personal assistant who is telling me what I need to do.

Journaling also forces you to think more deeply about your thoughts and feelings – which can be challenging at times. You’ll also learn how to see things from other people’s perspectives because when we write in our journals, we’re forced to take a step back and look at the events that happened from a third-person point of view.

Journaling has also proven beneficial for my mental state because it keeps me grounded in reality, which I sometimes struggle with. When we write, there’s no judgment on what comes out and can’t be changed once you’ve written.

3. How to get started with a daily habit of writing in a journal?

There are many ways to get started with a daily habit of writing in a journal. You can start small by committing to just 15 minutes for the first week and slowly increase it as you go on. Alternatively, if you feel more motivated during the day than others, set your alarm clock accordingly or use an online timer so that when time is up, you have to stop.

The best way is to write in the morning when you are fresh and most awake. This way, you’ll be more likely to write more and make a positive habit of it! This is called morning page writing – it’s a widespread technique in the creative arts.

It doesn’t matter how you journal: just write! You might find some days you have more time than others, so don’t force yourself into writing for an hour if you only feel like doing 15 minutes. Journaling should be as easy and fulfilling for you as possible.

4. Steps for finding a notebook or journal that works best for you

There are many tools available online. If you like to type on the computer or prefer to type on your phone, there are apps.

One of the most popular is 750words.com, which offers a free journal to try for one week before you have to pay (though it’s worth it).

There are also several physical notebooks and journals that are available. If you like to colour-code your thoughts, some planners and journals work for people who identify as ADHD or need a notebook with more than one page.

 

5. Topics to write about – examples and ideas on topics to include.

  • Daily events or occurrences in your life (they can be happy, sad, funny).
  • A reflection on a book, movie, or TV series you recently watched.
  • A reflection on a topic that’s been worrying your mind in the last few days (e.g. relationships, finances).
  • A list of your favourite things that make you happy (e.g. a playlist, a movie, a book, a place in nature).
  • A list of your least favourite things that make you angry (e.g. how long it takes to get places, the amount of work you have to do).
  • A list of your favourite things about yourself (e.g. my hair, my sense of humour, how well I take care of myself).
  • A list of things you’re grateful for in your life (e.g. friends, family, a disability).

And there is no limit to adding to the list.

6. Tips when getting started with daily habits of writing in a journal

  • Keep your journal in a place that is easily accessible (e.g. next to your bed, inside your bag) so it’s easier to start a habit.
  • Start small and make your journaling time short for the first week so you can build up to writing for more extended periods.
  • Make sure to break up your writing with some light reading or do something else that takes your mind off what you’re writing.
  • Remember that there is no right or wrong way to journal: just write! You might find some days you have more time than others, so don’t force yourself into writing for an hour if you only feel like doing 15 minutes.
  • Keep your journal as a private space just for you.
  • If you’re a creative person, try using the morning pages technique to get started with writing in your journal every day: write three pages of writing in the morning, no matter what.

Conclusion 

If you’re feeling a little lost in the world, we’ve got just the thing to help. Journaling is an activity that can really benefit our lives and mental health by helping us reach more clarity about ourselves and what’s going on around us. Even if it sounds like something only people with plenty of time for themselves do, journaling doesn’t have to take up a lot of your time – you might just want to write down a few sentences before you get out of bed each morning. So do not wait. Just pick up a journal or notebook and get started today.

18 Chapters of Bhagwat Geeta

18 Chapters of Bhagwat Geeta

  1. Arjun Viṣhād Yog : Lamenting the Consequences of War
  2. Sānkhya Yog : The Yog of Analytical Knowledge
  3. Karm Yog : The Yog of Action
  4. Jñāna Karm Sanyās Yog : The Yog of Knowledge and the Disciplines of Action
  5. Karm Sanyās Yog : The Yog of Renunciation
  6. Dhyān Yog : The Yog of Meditation
  7. Jñāna Vijñāna Yog : Yog through the Realization of Divine Knowledge
  8. Akṣhar Brahma Yog : The Yog of the Eternal God
  9. Rāja Vidyā Yog : Yog through the King of Sciences
  10. Vibhūti Yog : Yog through Appreciating the Infinite Opulences of God
  11. Viśhwarūp Darśhan Yog : Yog through Beholding the Cosmic Form of God
  12. Bhakti Yog : The Yog of Devotion
  13. Kṣhetra Kṣhetrajña Vibhāg Yog : Yog through Distinguishing the Field and the Knower of the Field
  14. Guṇa Traya Vibhāg Yog : Yog through Understanding the Three Modes of Material Nature
  15. Puruṣhottam Yog : The Yog of the Supreme Divine Personality
  16. Daivāsura Sampad Vibhāg Yog : Yog through Discerning the Divine and Demoniac Natures
  17. Śhraddhā Traya Vibhāg Yog : Yog through Discerning the Three Divisions of Faith
  18. Mokṣha Sanyās Yog : Yog through the Perfection of Renunciation and Surrender
Qualities for a meaningful life

Qualities for a meaningful life

Bhagwat Geeta – 16 1-3

श्रीभगवानुवाच |
अभयं सत्त्वसंशुद्धिर्ज्ञानयोगव्यवस्थिति: |
दानं दमश्च यज्ञश्च स्वाध्यायस्तप आर्जवम् || 1||
अहिंसा सत्यमक्रोधस्त्याग: शान्तिरपैशुनम् |
दया भूतेष्वलोलुप्त्वं मार्दवं ह्रीरचापलम् || 2||
तेज: क्षमा धृति: शौचमद्रोहोनातिमानिता |
भवन्ति सम्पदं दैवीमभिजातस्य भारत || 3||

śhrī-bhagavān uvācha
abhayaṁ sattva-sanśhuddhir jñāna-yoga-vyavasthitiḥ
dānaṁ damaśh cha yajñaśh cha svādhyāyas tapa ārjavam
ahinsā satyam akrodhas tyāgaḥ śhāntir apaiśhunam
dayā bhūteṣhv aloluptvaṁ mārdavaṁ hrīr achāpalam
tejaḥ kṣhamā dhṛitiḥ śhaucham adroho nāti-mānitā
bhavanti sampadaṁ daivīm abhijātasya bhārata

śhrī-bhagavān uvācha—the Supreme Divine Personality said; 
abhayam—fearlessness; 
sattva-sanśhuddhiḥ—purity of mind; 
jñāna—knowledge; 
yoga—spiritual; 
vyavasthitiḥ—steadfastness; 
dānam—charity; 
damaḥ—control of the senses; 
cha—and; 
yajñaḥ—performance of sacrifice; 
cha—and; 
svādhyāyaḥ—study of sacred books; 
tapaḥ—austerity; 
ārjavam—straightforwardness; 
ahinsā—non-violence; 
satyam—truthfulness; 
akrodhaḥ—absence of anger; 
tyāgaḥ—renunciation; 
śhāntiḥ—peacefulness; 
apaiśhunam—restraint from fault-finding; 
dayā—compassion; 
bhūteṣhu—toward all living beings; 
aloluptvam—absence of covetousness; 
mārdavam—gentleness; 
hrīḥ—modesty; 
achāpalam—lack of fickleness; 
tejaḥ—vigor; 
kṣhamā—forgiveness; 
dhṛitiḥ—fortitude; 
śhaucham—cleanliness; 
adrohaḥ—bearing enmity toward none; 
na—not; 
ati-mānitā—absence of vanity; 
bhavanti—are; 
sampadam—qualities; 
daivīm—godly; 
abhijātasya—of those endowed with; 
bhārata—scion of Bharat

Kabir Poem

Kabir Poem

The one anointed by the Guru, hears..
Soft Melodious Cosmic Sounds Saying…

Your Soul originated from “naad bindu” – dot of celestial music
And here you hoard water (referring to things which by their vary nature flow freely)
The whole world says repeatedly this is how it is and must be.
While Brahma is himself without words (noiseless)

The one anointed by the Guru, hears..
Soft Melodious Cosmic Sounds Saying…

Your sold arrived from There to an address in this world
for quenching its own thirst (Desire for God)
But leaving Nector you are drinking Poison again and again
Going in reverse you now toss and turn in your own trap.
The celestial cow (of knowledge / Brahman) is milked
God makes curd for benefit of everyone
Knowledgeable wise men reach for the creamy layer
Butter-milk is what world remains content with

The one anointed by the Guru, hears..
Soft Melodious Cosmic Sounds Saying…

Instead of seeing earth, see it as merely a sphere (planet)
Seeing a lake, understand it is nothing but water
Celestial sphere lights up (when one experiences this Principle)
So say the voice and words of the Guru

The one anointed by the Guru, hears..
Soft Melodious Cosmic Sounds Saying…

“Koham” – “Soham” musical sounds surround
Trikti sacred land (Realized Inners self is wonderful)
[When a child is born it cries Koham-Koham – Who am I? Who am I?
The Child smiles when it hears the Universe reply back: Soham-Soham – You are I, You are I.]
Ida, pingala and Sukhmana energies flow freely
Upon listening to devotional songs
[There are three ‘naadis’ or channels of energy flow within a human body considered essential in yogic meditation. These are Ida(left side), Pingala (right side) and Sukhmana naadi in centre). These 3 channels connect all the seven Chakras]

The one anointed by the Guru, hears..
Soft Melodious Cosmic Sounds Saying…

Says Kabir listen O!
Knowledgeable Wise man
Understand the words of “Agam”
Which works all day long with just a single glance (to look after the universe)
Un-moving and Eternal remains the Sign
[“Agam” is the collection of Nirguna compositions of Shivaite Saints (worshipers of Lord Shiva) of Gupta and Kushan era. Many Shaivaites consider Agam as the Pancham (Fift) Veda

Unsolved Questions to answer

Unsolved Questions to answer

Five big philosophical questions:

1. Do we really have free will?
2. Can we know anything at all?
3. Who am “I”?
4. What is death?
5. What would “global justice” look like?

5 Big Unanswered Science Questions:

1. Why does the universe exist?
2. What is a matter made of?
3. How did life originate?
4. How does consciousness emerge from the human brain?
5. Is there intelligent life on other worlds?

The 7 Biggest Unanswered Questions in Physics:

1. What is a matter made of?
2. Why is gravity so weird?
3. Why does time seem to flow only in one direction?
4. Where did all the antimatter go?
5. What happens in the gray zone between solid and liquid?
6. Can we find a unified theory of physics?
7. How did life evolve from nonliving matter?