June = Journals
I love this image that I found on Pexels. I can remember many happy hours reading and drawing as a child while exactly in this position. I love the intensity of the child in the image. What do you think? Does it bring back any memories?
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 in which to reflect upon creativity, spirituality and life.
My own response to my question is that I never found one container that held all that I wanted to be held. My ultimate solution was to intentionally choose journals as containers for all that I wish to reflect upon.
Currently I have the following journals:
- An art journal of personal thoughts, spiritual reflection as well as creative expression. This is often, not always, a three ring binder with sheet protectors. I don’t keep my individual art journals forever. However, I do want to keep some of my creative work and ideas. Gluing smaller pictures, quotations etc. to a piece of card stock and then putting it inside a binder allows me to access what I have created.
- A HUGE art journal for an on-line creativity and business class.
- A notebook journal for dialogues with an individual expressive arts canvas. The painting also becomes a form of 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 “journals” 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 still more than these particular journals actively in use. While I write or create mostly in sequential order, the journal entries may at times invite additions by using another color of pen or by employing collage techniques. These journals are neither pretty, nor ugly, and certainly not written in precise cursive script. Rather than a ship’s log, they are places of energy and transformation.
I do not personally intend for my journals to be historical records, rather the purpose is to provide places of personal wrestling, discovery, and creativity. I do 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, these journals work 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 you are journaling in any form, and are feeling that you have a place express yourself then your own process is working. Also, if your desire is for a spiritual connection, a place of prayer, and your current 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 may do so in ways that you may not have previously 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 to one’s expression, as well as a willingness to change or be transformed.
What do you think? What is your ideal container for journaling?