4 Ways I Use a Daily Journaling Practice to Elevate Spiritually

I’ve been a writer all my life.

A writer of songs, books, short stories, poems, lists, theses, blog posts and love letters.

When I was nine years old, I decided to write a novel. I’m pretty sure I only made it about 5 chapters in, but I was a tiger behind those keys. I was verbose and chock full of wild ideas. I was ablaze with eagerness to tell my stories.

Naturally, societal conditioning kicked in soon after that, and my tenacious desire to tell my own stories was overshadowed by fear that they wouldn’t be good enough.

I began to question whether they were worth being told at all.

I regained a significant amount of confidence in my writing throughout high school and college. My tenacity for writing returned, now manifesting as essays and theses.

Even though I remained fearful of telling my own stories, I leapt at the chance to tell the stories of others.

I told stories about the LGBTQ community in Nigeria, the youth in Germany during World War II, the Biblical roots of the Middle East conflict, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s writing of The Thing Around Your Neck, the positive effects of yoga on singers, and many, many others.

My academic papers are some of my proudest achievements.

But it took me many years – all the way until the completion of my master’s degree in early 2019 – to realize that I was hiding behind narratives that were not my own.

I felt worthy and accomplished because of the praise I received in the form of grades and awards, but I hadn’t yet reached the liberation of writing the story of my own life.

I continued to shy away from true vulnerability in my writing.

Before journaling opened up the sacred world of genuine self-expression to me, I was an inconsistent journaler at best.

I journaled some as a kid. I used journaling as a coping mechanism when I dealt with extreme anxiety in elementary school. I used it as catharsis when I went through my first heartbreaks in high school.

But what I call “spiritual journaling” – the practice of journaling for self-discovery and connection to the Divine – became a non-negotiable daily ritual for me starting in July 2019 when I took The Balanced Blonde’s Waking Back Up to Your Soul course.

Rooted in the teaching that we are all eternal souls experiencing this life in this body to learn lessons that will elevate us in lives to come, this course introduced many methods of connecting to the divinity of our souls.

One of them was daily journaling.

I now consider journaling each day to be an integral part of my spiritual practice.

A journal is such a sacred, cathartic spiritual tool. I love the wide open space of a blank page. No rules, simply an invitation to process, create, feel, and connect.