Journaling and Manifesting. Where Do I Begin?
Updated: Aug 3
One of the best things you can do for your growth and manifesting your dreams is journaling. I highly suggest you go out or order a "Manifestation Book" (a book with empty pages you can write in) that speaks to you.
There are so many inspirational "Manifestation Books" out there to help you get started. I have an Erin Condren Life Planner™ which was gifted to me by my parents as a birthday present this past July...get yours HERE. Besides finally seeking help and working with a therapist, virtually since March, this journal or "manifestation book" is a wonderful gift that has really made an impact on my mental health and growth.
What I do is take 10 minutes a day to write down everything I want in my daily life (day to day) and my future self. Once you gift your higher self an outlet to speak, it doesn't stop! It starts implanting affirmations of your future successes to write down now and speak into existence.
Make sure you use a pencil as there is something magical about this natural tool when it comes to manifesting and speaking to the universe.
Here are some tips on mindfulness and journaling:
As you may already know, as you celebrate more, you receive more, therefor I recommend you start your day by listing the things you are grateful for in the Gratitude section. I start by listing 3 things that answer the question, "What am I grateful for today?" which often includes, family, health, a roof over my head, a good sleep at night, etc.
In one of my journal entries I had the following.....
I am grateful for:
1) How far I have come since beginning virtual therapy during quarantine.
2) My entire family and their continued health and wellness.
3) My Dad having a safe surgery getting a pacemaker and him focusing on his nutrition & exercise. I am grateful to his doctors.
4) My Mom's early treatment by having two safe surgeries for her lumpectomies and radiation. I am grateful to her doctors and therapists and the kind people at the breast center.
I always have to remind myself how far I have come and that I am exactly where I need to be. Just a few months ago, I was really in a dark place and struggling with my OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Anxiety and Depression. I was once that person who lived solely in this space where highs are high and lows are low. There are ups and downs and that is certainly life, but moving through my day with mindfulness and intention is much more calming to live in. I recognize that I am (we all are) a never ending work in progress , so I am really learning to love the process of growth because it is so ever changing. Reflect and remind yourself that you have come a long way! You don't need to be anywhere else except right here, right now.
POSITIVE EXPECTATIONS Section
This section refers to my intentions for the day. Some mornings, I can feel "off" as soon as I wake up. But this, I have found, is because my intentions for the day are not consciously established. This section answers the question, "What positive things do I want to happen today?" Where you can list 3 things such as, spend quality time with my family, one on one time with a loved one, be productive at work, take some self care time for me: a bubble bath or get a massage etc.
Something I do want to say on this topic is that life is not always a To Do List. Stop measuring your days in terms of how productive you are.
Measure your days in how present you are. Are you practicing mindfulness? Are you present in every action? Act and speak with intention.