Are you looking forward to a major religious holiday as spring arrives? Ramadan, Passover, Lent and Easter are times when people look within to deepen their connection with the deity they believe in. Even if you’re not religious, getting in touch with what you perceive as greater than yourself is a great way to begin a fresh new season.
Maybe you keep a gratitude journal and know that making a list of what you’re grateful for lifts your mood. But sometimes we need to go deeper, especially in challenging times. As women get older, we may have more leisure time away from paid work and we become more reflective as we watch our kids and grandkids go through the life phases we’ve traveled.
We may find ourselves accessing wisdom we didn’t know we’d acquired. If you’re like most of us, you’ve learned a thing or two along the way. But have you stopped to reflect on it?
Do you like to read magazines like The Upper Room or Spirituality and Health, or anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul? That’s spiritual writing!
Journaling about the ineffable, whatever is the bedrock of our lives, can help you see things differently. Author Elizabeth J. Andrew, in her book Writing the Sacred Journey, says it links “our seemingly small lives to some broader truth, some vaster mystery.”
It doesn’t matter what faith tradition you come from, whether you go to church or synagogue or mosque or participate in no public worship at all. Your spiritual quest is your own personal journey to your inner, deeper self. Over my years of spiritual journaling, I’ve learned from classics like Christina Baldwin’s Life’s Companion: Journal Writing as a Spiritual Quest.
In my own faith community, we’ve used Finding the Voice Within: writing as a spiritual quest for womenby Gail Collins-Ranadive, who suggests opening to what comes to mind without censoring yourself so that “your embodied life experience can become the basic material for spiritual reflection.”
Have you kept a spiritual journal separate from your diary or other writing? Why or why not? What are some best practices you can share with others wanting to start?
Let’s have a conversation!
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