Take The Interior Voyage

Take The Interior Voyage

This evening just before my last stint of writing, ending my day polishing another chapter of Goodbye Danny, getting it ready for publication, I realised I hadn’t listened to the Daily Stoic podcast in many weeks.

I grab my iPhone, click on Spotify and search for today’s episode, 4 minutes, titled “Take The Interior Voyage” where Ryan explains the importance of journaling.

How apt, I thought! Having written a blog post two days ago about why I write and being drawn to memoir writing, Tell Your Stories, encouraged me to delve deeper into why and when I first began writing in my diary at eight. I struggled to understand my pain, disrespecting it most of my life. Turning to many things, writing was one of them. It turned out to be the healthier choice to expressing myself, revealing myself in my private diaries became my salvation. I used the pages, the feelings erupting into words onto the stark white page, to understand myself, my choices and the exploding hurt. She was my saviour, a best friend. And to this day, I still journal, especially when I need a bout of clarity. It enables me to let go, to free the constraints, which are now less and less. Something I owe to journaling.

 

The Art of Journaling: How To Start Journaling, Benefits of Journaling, and More from the online Daily Stoic.

“Journaling is not just a little thing you do to pass the time, to write down your memories—though it can be—it’s a strategy that has helped brilliant, powerful and wise people become better at what they do.

“Oscar Wilde, Susan Sontag, W.H. Auden, Queen Victoria, John Quincy Adams, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Virginia Woolf, Joan Didion, John Steinbeck, Sylvia Plath, Shawn Green, Mary Chestnut, Brian Koppelman, Anaïs Nin, Franz Kafka, Martina Navratilova, and Ben Franklin. All journalers—just to name a few.

“It was, for them and so many others, as Foucault said, a “weapon for spiritual combat.” A way to practice their principles, be creative and purge the mind of agitation. It was part of who they were. It made them who they were. It can make you better too…”

 

The Science-Backed Benefits of Journaling

According to a study conducted by Harvard Business School, participants who journaled at the end of the day had a 25% increase in performance when compared with a control group who did not journal. As the researchers conclude, “Our results reveal reflection to be a powerful mechanism behind learning, confirming the words of American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer John Dewey: ‘We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience.’”

Another Study by Cambridge University found journaling helps improve well-being after traumatic and stressful events. Participants asked to write about such events for 15–20 minutes resulted in improvements in both physical and psychological health…

Read more at Daily Stoic here.

 

 

 

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