June = Journals
On June 11th, I posted a question for your response. It was “How many different forms of journals do you keep? I also revealed my early longing for a journal that was similar to a ship’s log, and a search for the appropriate containers to reflect upon creativity, spirituality and life.
My own response is that I never found one container that held all that I wanted held. My ultimate solution was to carfully choose journals as containers for all that I wish to reflect upon.
Currently I have a journal for:
- An art journal of personal thoughts, spiritual reflection as well as creative expression.
- A HUGE art journal for an on-line creativity and business class
- A notebook journal for dialogues with a particular expressive arts canvas. The painting also is a journal in its own right.
- A notebook journal for an on-line marketing group
- A notebook journal for medical appointments and comments that I am keeping on behalf of a family member
- I have a leather journal that I take with me to take notes at conferences and events.
- I record quotations that are meaningful to me as a journal page on my computer.
- In any and all of these I may reflect upon my life, my relationship with God, my relationships with others, my creativity, my joys or my fears. At times I have more than these journals actively in use. But this listing is a good one. While mostly in sequential order, the journal entries may at times invite additions by using another color of pen or by employing collage techniques. They are neither pretty nor ugly and certainly not written in precise cursive script. Rather, they are places of energy and transformation.
I do not intend for my journals to be historical records, rather the purpose of my journals are to provide places of personal wrestling, discovery, and creativity. I believe that journals can be holy spaces and that the process of keeping a journal is a potentially transformational and holy process. At this time, this is what works for me.
I don’t share this as advice to follow my style. Rather, I hope that you might look at where you do engage in reflection, what forms you may use, and how you record your process. I trust that if your are journaling in any form, and are feeling that you have a place express yourself, your own process is working. If your desire is for a spiritual connection, a place of prayer, and the process is working for you, please continue. If you believe that you do not currently journal, I invite you to look more broadly at the process. Perhaps you do in ways that you may not have considered.
A journal can have such a simple format, a piece of paper (lined or un-lined), a pen or pencil, and willingness (or need) to write.
However, your journal may also be a video, a camera, typed on-line, painted, sculpted or may be expressed in a garden landscape. I heard earlier this week of a person whose quilts are their journal. The importance appears to be consistency, a willingness to record in some way where one is at this particular moment, a willingness to reflect, a willingness to listen, as well as a willingness to change or be transformed.
What do you think?