The Art of Journaling, Writing Your ScriptGuest blog post by Pamela Byrd
August 20, 1971
Today was the last day of summer camp. We had a weenie roast and a talent show. Our team of 5 dressed like hippies and sang “Aquarius”. It was the best!! There is this really cute dude at camp. They call him “Jeep” (not sure why). I really like him, but he says he already has a girlfriend. Oh well, (yawn) goodnight!
REMEMBER a time, long, long ago, when your most cherished secrets were nestled into a tiny booklet filled with pages and pages of priceless entries that embraced the desires of your heart?
I have kept a diary, or some form of a journal since I was eleven years old. As I now thumb through the tattered pages, I am transported back to a time of innocence. the memories that emerge from the weathered entries give me a sense of peace and a welcome opportunity for self-reflection.
Sometimes you have to step back before you can move forward.
Writing (particularly in a journal) is something that doesn’t come easily to most people. Life events are much more important.
The immediate reactions to these life events are much more prevalent than taking the time to stop and think as a prerequisite to acting or responding. You see, the heart lends little time to reason. That’s the head’s job. Allowing the heart to rule over the head makes for disastrous results. Journaling requires the head (your thought process) to take precedence over the heart. With life events bombarding us ever day, that’s a difficult thing to do.
Many times we fail to capture in writing the many moments in our lives that mean so much. Maybe it’s because we’re not in the habit of writing down everything.
Maybe it’s because the experience seemed trivial at the time, and did not warrant an “entry”.
Or, maybe it’s because subconsciously we knew what we were doing wasn’t right, but we did it anyway, and honey, there was no way you wanted to see it in writing!
You might have seen it for what it truly was…A MISTAKE!!
THE PRACTICE OF JOURNALING allows you to see something for what it truly is, and to draw conclusions based on those findings. Your decisions at that point are based on a concerted effort between your head and your heart.
As a Journaling Practitioner, I escort individuals through the journaling process by helping them to identify the best form of journaling for them, based on their journaling goals. There are a plethora of journaling styles and formats. The style for you will be based on where you are and where you want to go.
Here are just a few examples:
Inner Dialog Journaling: This style of journaling provides an easy-to-learn system, a roadmap presenting clear steps that, when practiced, bring rapid results in understanding our feelings and behavior.
The Journal of Discovery: This style provides self-reflection in a way that reveals lessons learned through everyday occurrences that we may take for granted.
Proprioceptive Journaling: This advanced style offers a self-guided writing exercise that calls forth your imagination, your intellect and your intuition all at once to open your heart and clear your mind.
Your journaling practice will open your mind to revelations that, once worked through, offer the possibility of results that are quite contrary to anything you could possible fathom. Your mind becomes your companion, your teacher and your guide, as you begin to explore the possibilities.
Pamela Byrd is a Life Coach with Wilderness Journeys. For over six years Pamela Byrd has been helping others uncover their purpose in order to live life more abundantly. She is the Founder of Wilderness Journeys, an organization that specializes in assisting women through life’s transitions. Journaling Workshops, Setting Healthy Boundaries and Ladies Nights In Retreats, are some of the women empowerment seminars that Pam has developed and conducted over the past six years. Her experience with journaling since the age of eleven has positioned her as a Journaling expert, helping others to realize the value of journaling as a facilitator for growth. Pamela’s brainchild, “Something’s Gotta Give!” is a 12- week women’s empowerment group that supports and guides women as they embark upon their journey by tapping into their spiritual gifts, laying the groundwork for the pursuit of their God given purpose.Pam is an unyielding advocate for enhancing potential with an unwavering commitment to assisting women on their journey toward fulfillment. Contact Pamela at 866.230.6302 or