▣ What about keeping a journal?
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Prepared by Sandy Shapiro
What about keeping a journal?
One of the greatest tools an individual can make use of is the practice of keeping a journal. A journal provides a record of where one has started his/her journey, what has developed along the path, and provides a picture of where the individual is at a particular time in his/her life.
I have found that, if not immediately, after a short period of time the average individual will start to forget parts of or all of their experience in the meditative state unless he/she takes the time to record the experience. It is identical to what happens after waking from a dream. More often than not, if the dreamer does not immediately record the dream, even though the dream is strong when he/she wakes up, the memory of the dream is gone by the time the feet hit the floor.
The act of recording your experience in a journal releases the experience to you, the individual, in a tangible way. It seems that written words activate a part of the individual’s consciousness which, in turn, sparks thoughts or ideas in the individual which explain something about what the individual is experiencing at that time in his/her life and gives clues on what the individual can do to bring resolution or change.
What information goes into the journal?
The journal should keep a record of the experience as complete as the individual can remember or it can just hold notes of what the individual can remember. Important things to put into the journal would be:
If in a group situation, another important way to solidify the meditative experience is to discuss the experience with other people in the group. This talking about the experience is similar to the activation that occurs when keeping a journal. However, a great benefit of the journal is that one can return at a future time and read the journal. This affords the individual an opportunity to see the change(s) that have occurred along the way.