Whether you are a religious person, spiritual or not, there are some journaling benefits for your spirit. Your spiritual side is something that you can explore through yoga, meditation, and even journaling.

Journaling offers perspective. It allows you to preserve your experiences, impressions, and thoughts each day. Life is littered with joy and sorrow, failures and successes or as I like to call it shadow and light. We have a variety of experiences each day and they impact us differently. When you capture your emotions and thoughts about those experiences on paper it provides you with a snapshot. This is something that you can reflect on to explore previous experiences and what has been changing in your life.

Once you have been journaling for a while, you can flip back through journals to see where you were a year ago. Or, flip back to a time when you were experiencing similar things. The amount of growth you’ve done can be observed through your writing can be a huge realization of what you were willing to do for your own well-being.

All too often, you face problems that seem insurmountable. Yet, when you look into your past journaling you can see all of the challenges that you survived, thrived, and overcome. Amazing things are happening in your life and it’s easy to overlook the small things. Your journal can essentially serve as a reminder to you of what you have walked through, what you have survived, what you have overcome, and how you’re still standing. That is something that will feed your spirit.

But I want to point out that it isn’t the process of writing that will transform you, it’s the reflection. The clearest path to the development of your spiritual self is a mindset that nurtures. You can create that mindset in yourself through the self-reflection that journaling offers.

Reflective journaling is one of the best methods to benefit your spirit and is a meaningful way to journal. Once you have finished your journal entry, take ten minutes or so to reflect on what you have written. Think about your day, how it made you feel, and how you would like to do and be better going forward. You can add more to your journal if you wish.

When you write in your journal, it’s good to put yourself back into the experience you’re writing about. Try to recall the smell in the air, the faces of the people who were there, how you felt, what you could see, smell, and touch. Think about how other people felt in that moment and whether your emotions aligned. Take time to dwell on it.

Journaling benefits for your spirit because you will learn more about yourself. As you learn about yourself, you can find new ways to grow and develop as a person. Your physical health is important, your mental health is vital, your emotional state matters, and so does your spirit. Allow journaling to feed your spirit, just as it supports your emotional and mental health. Take time to reflect and don’t be afraid to ask yourself honest questions to tease out deeper knowledge.

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