Fear robs us of so much — it can steal our very lives. It keeps us in our box and that box can become our coffin. I don’t know where I read it, but when old people were interviewed about their life regrets, not one of them said that they didn’t work harder. Almost all of them regretted the things they didn’t do. And I will wager that it was fear that held them back.
How many of these fears are holding you back?
Fear of rejection
Fear of failure
Fear of success
Fear of loss or what you will have to give up
Fear of uncertainty
Fear of change
Fear of judgement
Fear of commitment
Fear of misery
Fear of being alone
There are many other fears (spiders, heights, death, etc.) in the list of more than 30 most commonly searched fears on Google, but these fears are a good place to start your healing through journal writing.
How journaling can help us bust through fears
I'm here to testify to the amazing changes that have come to my Self and my life through journal writing. I think that all of these healing benefits have touched me in one way or other. Once I began to explore my life, I began to see my relationships and childhood from different perspective that allowed me to forgive myself and others, and let go of the hurt. It has in turn made me a stronger more powerful woman who is stepping into her power more and more each day.
Journaling can help us change behaviours
Journaling can help us spot dysfunctional patterns in our relationships with others and find ways to change our behaviour to improve the relationship. And if there is no way to repair, it can give us the strength to let the relationship go.
Journaling can help us heal from trauma
Journaling can be used as a tool to help us recover from childhood abuse, neglect or trauma. By carefully bringing it to the light, and writing about it again and again, we can let go of our shock and shame. It no longer has us in its grip.
Journaling helps us understand our past
Journaling helps us recover memories from our past and improve our understanding of why we behave the way we do. It shines a light on where we need to change to develop more positive behaviours.
Journaling allows us to take a look back and see our growth
Journaling can be used as a way to summarize and make sense of our accumulated knowledge of the world. It helps us make sense of the world we live in and make us better able to discover and fulfill our desires.
Journaling is a gateway to spirituality
It was Socrates who first said, “An unexamined life is not worth living." One of the cornerstones of modern spirituality is to ask questions and find the answers that resonate with us. Writing helps us sort through the dogma and come to our own personal beliefs and values.
Journaling is a form of meditation
When we write by hand, we focus and begin to hear the wise words of our heart. This leads to a state of flow, in which our alpha brain waves slow down and we are in a state of wakeful meditation. It can give a similar sense of welcomed emptiness to sitting meditation.
JOURNALING IS A WAY BACK TO LIFE
kathy mercure is a writer, storyhealer and a storylistener. Her life’s work is to gently draw stories from her students and help them unblock their writing, find their voice, and heal their lives. Her passion is to support women and men in realizing their true identity as a valued human being, claiming their passions, and speaking their truth as they become their most authentic selves. (Photo by EagleSpirit Soul Shots)