If you haven’t heard, July is journal writing month. Keeping a journal is a great way to be mindful and reflect on our busy lives. There are many different styles of journaling. Some popular recent trend includes bullet journaling, or using journaling prompts. Personally, I’ve found journaling a great resource for processing through emotions. I love to write out my thoughts by hand. I love the feel of the pen moving on paper. While some people journal digitally, I still prefer the old fashioned way of handwriting. There’s something about the process that’s quite satisfying.
I just joined Instagram recently, and immediately, my feeds have been flooded with videos of watercolor brush lettering and calligraphy scripts. In the States, brush lettering and modern calligraphy have been making a comeback in the craft world. It is mesmerizing watching people create these beautiful and elegant artwork. These artists make the process look so easy. However, as I quickly found out, the basic strokes may look simple, but mastering them takes patience and practice.
A lot of my friends journal as a way to process their internal stress. However, even though we all use the same word “journal”, the actual methods could not be more different. One person is very formal in her approach. She records a specific event in detail, and saves it on her computer. Another friend hand writes in her notebook, and lists the rational arguments about her decision making. While these methods have their own merits, they are vastly different from the way I journal.
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Update 3/21/2016: I just checked this link, and looks like the free e-book download promotion is now finished. 😦 If you’re still interested in this item, the book (hard copy) is available here.
One of my favorite authors, Graham Cooke, is giving away his meditation journal for FREE! I’ve learned a lot about meditation and how to keep a quiet heart from Graham. His teachings have always inspired faith and hope in me, especially on difficult days. This book, Secret Sayings, Hidden Meanings, is a collection of questions and prompts for journaling or meditation. Continue reading