SHOULD YOU KEEP YOUR JOURNALS?
There is discussion (among journal keepers) on whether or not you should keep your journals over time. Some suggest getting rid of old journals because keeping them around is like hanging on to old energy and to the past.
Some say that keeping journals is sacred and rather important because it documents the unique life path that you are on, and re-reading your journals after you’ve written them can offer perspective.
I say do what feels right to you, and I choose to keep everything.
There was that one time when I threw away a poem that I’d written because I worried that someone would find it. To this day, I regret it. It was likely one of the best poems that I’ve written to date, and I’ll never be able to share it with anyone or read it again. Regret. All because I worried about what someone else would think if they read it.
It would take many years for me to sit in and feel comfortable with the truth of my life and to realize that journal keeping is “in the moment” writing, and it’s a powerful tool that supports our journey. It would take many years to feel that my own personal experiences were valid, and the shame wasn’t in these moments that I was trying to hide, but in hiding my story for someone else’s comfort.
I need to write like I need to breathe, and if someone, someone who claimed to love me, read something that I wrote long ago and couldn’t handle it, wants me to pretend like it didn’t happen or didn’t exist, then perhaps, their love had quite a bit of evolving to do.
Journals aren’t meant to be read by family or friends or lovers or enemies unless they are invited.
If the boundaries of your journal are not respected, then hopefully you will be in a safe enough environment where you will be able to converse with whomever violated that boundary. If this person is able to support your need to write in your journal, you are blessed. If not, consider putting your journals in a safe place with a trusted friend, or some location where this person will not be able to find it.
We all have wounds to heal and issues to sort out or maybe we just had a bad day and want to handle our emotions in a healthy way by putting all those thoughts into a journal. Releasing them. Catharting.
Healing comes when the inner stories of our lives have permission to speak.
If no where else, you have permission to tell your inner stories to your journal.
Once your thoughts, feelings and emotions are out on paper, out of your body, out of your hands, out of your fingers and out of your pen, you are able to take a step back and notice what you have written. Re-read it, and discover what you need to know and what you didn’t know.
Grow, change, shift, take action or realize that you need more time with that juicy subject.
You can re-read your entry one hour later, two weeks later or 12 years later. Each time that you re-read your entry, you will discover something. Those discoveries are lost when we get rid of our journals.
Your journal is a safe place. It won’t judge you. It receives you. All of you. You may decide to ceremoniously send your journal entries down the stream or let them go up in flames (safely). You may decide to keep 5 out of your 6 journal entries, and let the one go. It’s up to you. Do what you feel is right for you. But be certain before letting them go.
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