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My counsellor has suggested that I do some journaling, which I have already started. But when browsing the Internet I found some guidelines for Chakra Journaling and thought I might try it. Please feel free to join in ...

The power of journaling should never be underestimated. Through journaling, we can learn to make peace with our scars; we can come to understand our emotions; we are given space, plan our futures, and set goals for ourselves; we begin to uncover our forgotten passions; we engage in communication with our hearts; we visualize, wish, and dream; and we discover ways to connect in a deeper relationship with our spiritual centers.

The best advice that I can give anyone who is seeking balance, comfort, or healing is to journal… even if you do nothing else, journal. I first began journaling when I was 12 years old, and I can sincerely say that it has not only helped me to process and move beyond some of my darkest and toughest times, but it has also helped me to better enjoy the moments of happiness and excitement.

You needn’t be skilled at writing to make journaling work for you. It isn’t about writing; it is about connecting with yourself and processing the energetic flow that moves through you (or that sits stagnated). It’s about self-discovery and self-improvement. Journaling is… transformative. And, it is one of the strongest methods of self-care that we can partake in, and its efficacy has been proven.

Journals can take on many forms. There are art journals, prayer journals, gratitude journals, daily journals, journals of lists… and the list goes on. I recommend a daily practice of journaling, but it can take some time to find space to make it this routine. If you already have a journaling practice, great! If you don’t, take some time finding a routine that works for you. Find the right medium (the right book, the right pen); find the right space (I journal right in my meditation space, just after I finish my morning meditation); find the right time of day; find the right accompaniments (a cup of tea, a cozy blanket, soft music). If you work intentionally at making journaling a part of your daily self-care routine, you will find that it eventually becomes as natural as brushing your teeth.

I am inviting you to spend the next 7 days with me, journaling through the chakras. Sign up to follow-me as we work through the chakras one-by-one on a journaling journey of self-discovery and balance. Each day, I will share with you my favorite journaling prompts for chakra discovery; and I will also share with you some excerpts from my own journal. We will begin in the root chakra, and land in the crown chakra on our 7th day.

First, let me give you my 5 rules of journaling:

* Don’t worry about anything. Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, or grammar. Just write.
* Write for at least 20 minutes everyday.
* Write the truth. You have nobody to impress in your journal, and no image to maintain. You are writing for yourself, so be honest with yourself.
* Don’t criticize. Be gentle with yourself, and understand that is the process of journaling that counts, not the content.
* Write in a place of comfort and let your body feel comfortable. Don’t try to journal while you’re making dinner or refereeing a fight between the kids. Make your journaling time be quiet and comfortable.

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