Just As I Am: When the Words Don’t Come
This is part of our six-month series on journaling.
Writer’s Block: Meditate on it.
How Meditation can help improve your journaling practice. Talk to yourself – here’s how.
Some mornings you get up with the best intentions. You are going to do yoga, drink a healthy smoothie, and then sit down to journal.
Then, for whatever reason, the day spirals and you end up eating a bag of pretzels at your desk at 10 a.m. having not completed any of your planned self-care tasks.
Life is hectic. For all of us. Everyone’s normal is a bit different, but most of us can agree – we are busy.
And, then even when you find those moments to sit and contemplate and write in your journal, that’s when the writer’s block hits.
You pen stops. Your fingers hesitate over the keyboard. Your brain goes blank. You stare at the page or the screen. And. There’s. Nothing.
Where did all those amazing thoughts go that I wanted to get into writing? Where did my motivation go? What happened to my muse?
Do not worry. This happens to everyone. Put down the pen. Step away from the keyboard.
Find a warm, comfortable spot. Sit. Close your eyes. Breathe deeply. Meditate.
Relax your shoulders and feel all of the burdens of life slip away.
Find your center – that place where the world is quiet and your voice is the only one you hear.
Linger in that place. Imagine yourself sinking into the blackness of the inside of your eyelids. Fall down into your consciousness. Find peace.
Stay in that safe place as long as you need to. Then, when you are ready, slowly wake yourself back up and return to the present moment.
Try to journal again.
Be gentle with yourself. If the words do not come today, try again tomorrow.
All is not lost if you miss one day of writing in your journal. It is a practice – and you must practice at it to find the true reward.