Journal

You start a Journal by giving it a title, then you write.  If you like you can drag and drop pictures, videos, and audio recordings into your Journal, thus making your Journal full multi-media.  You can stop, save, and go back to that Journal, and start numerous Journals on different topics.  You can even combine your various Journals into a book.

eJournity allows you to share any part of your Journal with anyone you would like.  But, the underlying imetus to eJournity is the honest reflection provided by complete privcy, and the sharing of those many private with your family, freinds, and associates, as appropriate, upon your passing. We call this Future Messaging – not instant, but in the future.  If you don’t want to share any of your journal, or just one specific part of it, it’s up to you. In fact, you can share with as many people as you want, as many or as few parts of your Journal that you want.  You can even share any entries in your Journal with the public at large.  And, of course, you don’t have to share anything with anyone, ever, just mark it private, and it will remain for your eyes only forever (unless you change your settings). Our first and foremost commitment is to your privacy.

Most writers and thinkers have kept, and do keep diaries and journals.  So, it might be best to distinguish between diaries and journals.  A diary is a snapshot in time.  The diarist will write about the important events on a given day.  The limiter is the day.  The activities written about are connected only by their co-occurrence on a given date.

A journal is topic driven, not time or date centric.  A topic is written about, and examined in a somewhat formal manner.  A journal can be an essay tightly written around a subject of interest to the journalist.  It can be a discussion of more far-reaching topics, intermingled, and broad.  Many writers, in fact, recommend that aspiring writers keep a private, brutally honest journal if they ever want to become good writers. 

There are practical reasons for keeping a journal, for example, according to a Harvard Business Review article, keeping a diary is one of the simplest secrets to being an outstanding leader.

By setting aside a little time from our busy lives to reflect on our unique perspectives, experiences, insights, and ideas, we learn and evolve more completely. By exploring new ideas freely and without judgment, we give them the space to develop and grow.

Many people start keeping a journal on a trip.  Writing about feelings, smells, sounds, and inspirations get us hooked.  If you’ve never done it, you’re really missing out.

There are many good reasons to keep a journal.  In fact, there are as many good reasons as there are moments in your life.  Here are just a few.

  • It brings clarity
  • You can weigh the pros and cons without hearing anyone else give their two-cent opinion
  • It helps us focus our minds and cut through the clutter
  • You can keep track of your promises to yourself, or to others.  In other worlds it creates accountability
  • The eJournity journal in particular is a totally private safe place for all of your innermost desires
  • It increases your self-awareness
  • It’s proven to reduces stress
  • It quiets a raging mind
  • You can track your progress at work, on your diet, in your relations, and projects
  • It becomes great source material for articles, and books
  • It’s a convenient storage location for thoughts, quotes and inspirations
  • You can monitor your progress in your to-do lists
  • For done lists.  It’s satisfying to see your done-lists grow
  • For achievements
  • A place to work through your struggles
  • A place to freely complain and then release
  • A safe place to face your fears and learn to face them head-on
  • Questions for the universe when you don’t have any answers for
  • It can be your own self-learning guide
  • It will gives you peace of mind
  • It’s a dream catcher
  • It’s a vision illuminator
  • For answers from the universe when you allow yourself hear your “inner knower”
  • It can be an idea incubator
  • It’s a judgment-free zone
  • It can be the pieces of your new book

There is growing body of evidence about the many physical, psychological and emotional benefits of journal-writing and how it can help you.

1. Your journal has the potential to be both therapist and a dear friend who listens without judging or interrupting and is open 24 hours a day. You can tell your journal things you wouldn’t dare verbalize to someone else. Writing it down takes the edge off more toxic feelings and emotions and helps you better understand what you’re feeling, freeing up thinking space to gain clarity on what to do next.

2. By getting into the habit of consciously and attentively looking back over your journals, you’re able to track your personal patterns of behavor that help you achieve goals and respond effectively to challenges. You’re also able to see the patterns that get in the way of personal and professional growth, and healthy relationships with self and others. By becoming mindful with what you are discovering, you can move yourself from knowing into a doing state.

3.  Journaling is inexpensive, accessible and is easily self-managed. It carries very few side effects and can be applied almost anywhere.

4. Journals are creative portals. Because you’re in dialogue with your inner life when you write in a journal, you solve problems and get creative. Keeping a journal can be both a clearing-house and – in the next word, sentence or page – become an incubator where you tap into your imagination and unleash your creativity and ideas. Hundreds of writers across time who all kept diaries and journals has informed their writing and creative productivity.

5. You give yourself permission to write yourself into history – consider how many people are left out of the history books? Journals give voice to your dreams and aspirations but are also safe spaces to release negative feelings, hurts and disappointments that could get in the way of those dreams and aspirations being realized.

Here are some ideas you can write about.

1. Journal about things that gave you immense joy as a child.

Use a copy of a favorite picture from your childhood to represent yourself and embellish the page according to his/her desire. eJournity allows you to paste anything into your journal

2.  Find an image in a magazine that reflects your current emotional status.

Then cut it out, and paste it on a blank journal page. Intently, be with this image for a few minutes and then let words flow onto the page without editing them. You can write two sentences or two pages. Just let it out. Let the image speak to you. You may be surprised at how much lighter you will feel.

3. Pick a favorite inspirational quote and design a journal page around it.

Write about the wisdom this quote awakens in you and how applies to your life. Why is it important for you at this time?

4. Think about someone who inspires you.

What characteristics of that person make him/her so inspirational? Do you see any overlapping qualities between you and this person? Use those characteristics to inspire your journal page.

5. Journal about a heartbreak you had.

Make it fun, colorful and creative to celebrate a right-of-passage experience you had. Note how this relationship helped you grow.

6. Take your journal to a park and document what you see.

Enjoy being the non-reactive observer.  This is very easy to do with eJournity since your smartphone is your journal!

7. If you had one superpower what would it be?

Journal about what kind of things you would do this power, or why you think you are drawn to it.

8. Rituals are a huge part of our lives.

Some people like to take a hot bath before going to bed, some like to light a candle and sip wine after a long day’s work, and some read poetry on the way home from work on the bus. Journal about some of your favorite rituals in life.

9. Find the lyrics to a song that is attached to a good memory in your life.

Create a page about it. Revisit the memory. Dwell in the positive feelings this memory awakens in you.

10. Journal about your unhealthy habits.

Use your blank journal page as an accepting, unconditionally loving space holder for who you are—even with these habits. Use this exercise to release the guilt you might feel for having them. Acknowledge your humanness. Write yourself a permission slip that lets you continue these habits until you are ready to trade them in for an upgrade.

11. Take ten minutes to sit with the thought, “What am I most looking forward to in my life?”

Then journal about it. Don’t try to make it realistic according to where you are in life right now. Use it to add a little more juice to your manifesting.

12. Fill your art journal page with all the negative things a caregiver or a parent said to you.

Such as, “You’re not good enough. You’ll never be anybody special.” Then paint over the words (cover them in a way that you desire) until they’re not visible. Then write what is true about you instead.

13. Journal about a secret you have with yourself (that you have not told anyone).

Write or journal about it visually. This will help reduce its charge over you and gain some insights into it.

14. Imagine a perfect date with a romantic partner (that you have or wish to have).

Write it in detail. See if there are elements in this fantasy date that can give you clues as to what your inner being desires and how else you might get these needs met. For example, if going camping and skinny dipping at a secluded beach is a part of your fantasy date, it might inspire you to plan a mini camping trip with a friend. Or you might realize that you haven’t done anything adventurous in a long time.

15. Open up a fresh page and write, ”My favorite things in life.”

This last one is especially helpful if you are going through a rough, somewhat hopeless and dry period in your life. This will be a running list that you keep adding to. So leave 2–3 pages following that one blank—even if you start another entry soon after. You may feel uninspired at first but trust me on this one: it will become a fun exercise.

It’s a Judgment-Free Zone

You can write whatever you like, and no-one is going to judge you for it. This is a sacred space for you to pour our your deepest, darkest secrets, woes, fears, joys, and more, safe in the knowledge that it’s all absolutely okay. Getting it all out into your eJournity journal might even bring some clarity and focus to things that have been bothering you, thus allowing you to work through them. You might come to major epiphanies, or even just gather the strength to approach others with things that may need to be acknowledged aloud.

The Ways Keeping a Journal Will Genuinely Improve Your Life

You’ll be able to better clarify your thoughts.

Some cognitive psychologists argue that writing is thinking. Others believe only that it can transform your cognitive processing. One point both sides seem to agree on, though, is the fact that writing forces you to examine your thoughts more critically and logically. In turn, journaling is an opportunity to work through and gain clarity on the ideas and notions that might otherwise exist as rolling tumbleweeds in your head.

You’ll be more organized and focused.

Journals often get boxed in as places for cheesy people to record their deepest, darkest confessions or reveal the most vulnerable parts of their inner selves. In reality though, they can simply be receptacles for to do lists, future goals, spur-of-the-moment ideas, random insights that you want to remember later, and more. By writing down this kind of information, you’ll be able to better order your life and hold yourself accountable even when you’re at your busiest.

You’ll happy-dance more.

Journals can also be vessels for celebratory accounts, and they can remind you of past achievements and milestones. If you’re feeling low, you can easily boost your self-esteem and paint a picture of your own awesomeness by paging through your accomplishments and moments of greatness.

Your mind will be quieter.

Offloading your racing thoughts onto a nonjudgmental medium that isn’t attached to punishment will allow you to get off the hamster wheel and onto a more mentally healthy track. Countless medical professionals and institutions have endorsed journaling as a method to pacify your raging emotions, and reduce anxiety and stress.

You’ll get to know yourself.

Journals can also act as profound pools of personal reflection. Taking time to shut out the loudness of the outside world and reconnect with your thoughts can lead to incredible self-discovery. The process of pouring out your unadulterated ideas onto a blank page may very well reveal some diamonds in the rough that would otherwise have been swept out the door with the ordinary dust of the filtered mind. Finally, by continually journaling, you give yourself the privilege of tracking your own evolution and the power to acknowledge how you’ve changed and grown.

You’ll gain perspective.

While journaling may inadvertently help you find solutions to troubling problems, one of the more important functions it serves is granting you the ability to gain perspective on your thoughts and feelings. So rather than fixing emotional challenges straightaway, writing about them simply changes your relationship with these life hurdles, which can make them more conquerable in the long run.

You’ll lose weight.

Not literally (sorry if we got your hopes up), but you will feel lighter. Journals have long been touted as platforms of cathartic release, and as social psychologist James Pennebaker has proven, writing expressively about traumatic events or situations can uplift both your mind and body.

You’ll be a fitter fiddle.

it’s also worth noting that you’ll be physically healthier if you use journaling as a productive emotional outlet. Journaling has been shown to alleviate the negative effects of stress on the body, and,  it’s even been shown in some studies to strengthen the immune system.

You’ll improve your memory.

It’s not only true that scientists have found that writing expressively (the way we often do in a journal) improves working memory, it’s also a fact that recording the ins and outs of your life in a journal gives more permanence to an often fleeting past. It’s often thought that journaling is only for posterity, but you can just as easily argue that it’s a brilliant way to keep sight of what happened behind you as your forge ahead.

You’ll harness your creativity.

Everyone is creative, but few have the power to unlock that creativity and cajole it out into the open. Journaling, especially stream-of-consciousness journaling, is a great way to tap into our creative genius. Not to mention, once you get a great idea out into the light, you can nurture what was a small seedling into a sequoia of brilliance.

Practice and repetition makes perfect.

If you have any desire to become a writer or not, just the act of writing in your journal will improve your writing, end writers’ block, and improve your vocabulary and grammar.

Enjoy.