June = Journals
We are nearing the end of June. In this month, we have looked at the idea of journals as containers, journals that we keep in various forms, sometimes without calling them journals.
I hope this topic has been useful to you.
When I originally imagined the topic of journals, my desire was to encourage in myself, and in others, a willingness to look upon their journal writing as and opportunity to make unique and wonderful statements. Keeping a personal journal is a revealing of oneself at a given place and time, to oneself. Yes, themes may seem to repeat themselves and yet like a spiral there is probably some movement if we look for it.
My desire has also been to dissuade the understanding of importance of the journal as a tidy account of one’s activities. Our lives, at least my life, are rarely tidy. It is in the messiness that I encounter on the page, that things come together and change happens, or seemingly doesn’t. How about you? My journals also reveal to me how comfortable I am at a given time with non-linear creative thought which circles and has surprising tangents and then circles again. I find that paper can hold those tangents in ways that enable me to reflect on them – seeing a continuity I hadn’t previously appreciated, which enables choice making.
What I would like to encourage for you, and for me, is to understand that journals are important tools in one’s creative and spiritual toolbox. They are not the only one, but as with all genuinely useful tools, when we need them, we need them. Please keep space and time for your journals, know where they are, and use them.
We will be adding other tools as we go along.
Journal Prompt: Draw, or write about your current creative and spiritual tool-box. What is in it? What do you think you would like in it? Is there anything in your creative and spiritual tool-box that surprises you? Why?