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Let it Flow: Journaling Your Stream of Consciousness

Clear Your Mind Without Overworking It

By: Veronica Pistek

Journaling your stream of consciousness enables your thoughts to flow freely. Credit: google.com

The pressure to write poetically and coherently, all while sounding intelligent, is constantly weighing down our thoughts – and our pens.

A simple and effective aid is writing your simplest thoughts and ideas, paving the road to healthy, quality writing, and even help prepare you for your best life.

Stream of consciousness journaling is a freeing, cathartic, and introspective method that is sure to enhance more than one aspect of your life.

The first thing to remember before tackling your inner-most thoughts is to not think too much.

Ditch the anxiety of writing logically and clearly: let your most immediate and raw internal dialogue come to life on the paper.

Remember, writing from your stream of consciousness is supposed to be messy. There is no structure and there are no rules to abide by when talking to your brain.

Personal style does not have to reflect a typical journal entry. Remove any limitations and express yourself in the truest way possible.

Whether you are a visual person who naturally draws out their ideas and doodles within the lines, or a person of many feelings who cannot control their word vomit: communicating in a manner that suits your personality will yield the most benefits.

Transcribing your thoughts in a non-judgmental method especially enables you to listen to your truest voice.

Yes, we all can force ourselves to go deeper and write beautiful poetry, but in order to do that to our fullest potential, we must be aware of our most present feelings and ideas.

At first, this might feel harder than it sounds. You open up to a fresh page in your journal and suddenly you draw a blank.

To tackle this moment, pause and take a breath—you can literally write that your mind is drawing a blank.

Scribble all over the page, fill it with mindless words and your exact thoughts such as, “I don’t know what to write.”

Once you overcome the immediate blockade of thoughts, you will uncover your mental dialogue.

Take this time to express your innermost feelings, describe what has been bothering you lately, write out your plans for the day, or even your plans for the future.

Most importantly, ask yourself questions. If a certain idea pops into your head that is unexpected, ask yourself why.

This activity will help you get to the core of your mind.

Other examples of topics to write about include things that you are grateful for, writing about an event you are excited about, or sketching out little project ideas.

Another fun idea is writing letters. You can write a letter to a loved one in your life, or even just a letter to yourself.

You might just surprise yourself and take that letter and share it with a friend. You also will start to feel comfortable with your mind and it will begin to flow.

This practice will further help you live in the moment and delve deeper beyond your most simplistic thoughts.

Just as we tend to start our day with minute tasks and build up to the bigger, more important ones, we should not immediately force our brains to work at maximum capacity when it comes to writing.

Starting off small, light, even mindless, eases our head into the state of creating.

This practice is beneficial if you pull out your journal in the morning to start your day off free from burden, during the middle of the day to sort out your scattered mind, or at night to relax your chattering brain for a restful night of sleep.

This is also a perfect tool for creators. Writing your stream of consciousness sparks a chain reaction of ideas, allowing you to become more connected to your inner self and closer to your wildest dreams.

So, get started on your journey to uncovering your deepest thoughts. Uncover your hidden revelations and be ready to open up the door to magical healing.

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