An ode to the journal

An ode to the journal

Bring all your heaviness
and your despair
Your hopes and dreams
and desires too
to the crisp, white pages
of the journal before you.

Let everything that is in your:
pour forth onto the page.

It may look fragile
but it has the strength of steel
it can hold it all
within the confines of its covers.

And in that space
of non judgemental presence
and infinite compassion
the humble page can help you
alchemize your deepest emotions
to find the gold
among the lead.


The act of meeting yourself on the page is an act of radical self care. By laying bare your deepest emotions – of joy, sorrow, gratitude, hope, and everything in between, you give yourself the time and the space to process your life. And when you do that, when you are present to your feelings and your environment, slowly, over time, you witness massive shifts in the way approach life.

From being reactive, you become reflective. From letting your emotions control you, you gain better control over your emotions. From allowing life to control you, you become better able to deal with the life you are given. You can reframe your story; write yourself back to wholeness; and make real, tangible changes to the way you approach life.

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Journal keeping has been one of the most important tools in my self-help tool kit. Have you used journaling as a tool to help yourself, too? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Journaling can help you to alchemize your deepest emotions…to find the gold among the lead. – You couldn’t have said this any better, Jini.

    I have realized that writing helps me immensely too, especially in a journal. It makes me see things that I could never have seen in my head before.

  2. Though I am not a regular journal person, but have seen that writing things down certainly gives clarity of thought and it also has a calming effect. Writing goals and dreams increases the likelihood of achieving them. Must get back to active journaling. Thanks for the nudge, Shinjini!

  3. I do not journal consistently but as a child I always had the tendency to write poems and short stories on the last pages of of my notebooks. I did attempt to convert this habit into proper journalling as I grew up but could never stick to it on regular basis.

  4. I am in absolute agreement with you! I have been keeping a journal since I was 11 years old and I still have all of them. I just bought a new one and posted it on Instagram. I love getting a new journal because for me it means the start of a whole new chapter! I love your poem! #MondayStumble

  5. I love journalling and this post is one where I’m totally in sync with your thoughts! I have had them for years and have used them to release my angst, or scribble passing thoughts and ideas and even list my goals to allow me to revisit these at a later time. Consistency is key I think and journalling is something that I feel kids should do more of, these days when gadgets seem to take away too much of their time. I encourage my son to use one and he does, albeit every once in a while.

  6. I always start off the journal with a bang. and then its left as it is as I am unable to follow it through. But, it sure makes lot of sense to use it to analyse ourselves.

  7. As a teen keeping a journal was such a huge help through such a confusing and hard time, writing for me has always been so important, I have so many thoughts and feelings that I need to express them. Thanks for joining me for #mg

  8. I don’t think I will ever keep a journal. It’s hard for me to lay it out on a piece of paper or digital journal. But I guess it must be liberating

  9. Yes! I love your last paragraph! Even things like writing down my dreams helps me find the symbolism and deeper meaning that isn’t evident right away.

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