Being a writer, this is what I do with most of my time in the morning. But I don’t want to talk too much about my writing practice, I want to talk about the benefits of writing in general.
Writing has become one of the most beneficial practices of my entire life. Writing opens you up and spurs you to bring form to thoughts and ideas in your mind like nothing else can. If you’re going through a tough time, trying to figure something out, or gain clarity about something then writing is the most powerful exercise I know to do so.
I can’t fully describe how powerful it is to take ideas in your head and have to figure out how to place them down on paper. This isn’t always ideal, language has its limitations, but writing is a powerful exercise with great benefits nonetheless.
And whether you’re a writer or not, you can get these same amazing benefits. You don’t have to good at writing, you simply need to write. If you’re trying to figure something out, anything really, just sit down and write about it. Even better, imagine you’re writing TO other people. This is part of why writing has been so powerful for me, writing something I know other people are going to read can be a lot of pressure, but it can bring a lot of great things out from within you.
Writing itself is its own meditation for me. I just put my hands down on my keyboard and let whatever comes out of me fill the page. This can be really revealing, but also very therapeutic.
5. Keep a journal
I kept a journal for about a year and would highly suggest it. I used Day One on my iPhone, it was absolutely my favorite method of keeping a journal. I’ve since stopped regular entries, but not for any particular reason, though. I suppose it was mostly just to keep my efforts focused on a few things and not to over complicate my day/mornings.
Keeping a journal has all kinds of benefits. There are a couple different ways you can choose to keep a journal, the first notable way being to note all the good things that happened on a given day, however small. This form of keeping a journal can help to increase your confidence, make you happier, and give you better perspective during days that seemed tough and unproductive.
Another way of keeping a journal, and to me the most powerful, is what I’d call a mindful journal. It’s essentially keeping a journal and noting down any thoughts or feelings you have throughout your day. You don’t have to note down everything, mostly just those things which were unexpected or needed some introspection, but keeping a journal in this way can be a great partner to your meditation practice.