Simple Ceremonies: Journaling as a Sacred Practice

Simple Ceremonies: Journaling as a Sacred Practice with Soul-full World Founder Ahriana Platten

"I am anxious, and it soothes me to express myself here. It is like whispering to one’s self and listening at the same time.”

— Mina Murray’s journal entry from Bram Stoker’s Dracula

I love journaling. Using ink to pour my feelings onto a page is a sweet and sacred experience – and one I’ve been enjoying for years.

I write the good and the bad of my life, capture precious memories, and consider that my children’s children may someday wonder about their history and find comfort in my words.

Journaling can be a powerful tool for self-reflection, self-discovery, and personal growth. When done with intention and purpose, it can become a sacred practice that nourishes the mind, body, and spirit. Here are some tips for making your journaling experience more sacred:

Set the intention:

Before you begin journaling, take a few moments to think about why you are journaling and what you want to capture. What emotions or thoughts do you want to explore?

Create a sacred space:

Find a quiet and comfortable space where you can write without distractions. You may want to create a ritual or ceremony around your journaling practice, such as lighting candles or incense, playing soothing music, or using crystals or other spiritual tools. This can help you create a sense of sacredness and intention around your practice.

Use a special journal:

Consider using a special journal that feels meaningful to you. You may want to choose a journal with a beautiful cover or a special inscription that resonates with you. This can help you connect with your journal on a deeper level and make the experience feel more sacred.

Write from the heart:

When journaling, allow yourself to write freely and without judgment. Write from the heart, expressing your thoughts and emotions honestly and authentically. This can help you access deeper parts of yourself and connect with your inner wisdom.

Reflect on your writing:

After you finish writing, take a few moments to reflect on what you wrote. Ask yourself what insights or revelations you gained from the experience. This can help you integrate the wisdom you gained from your journaling practice into your daily life.

Remember, journaling is a personal practice, and there is no right or wrong way to do it.

Experiment with different techniques and find what works best for you. I sometimes draw pictures or use different color pens to make the experience more fun. When you approach journaling with an open heart and a sense of reverence, it can become a powerful tool for personal growth and transformation.


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