Meditation, prayer, and relaxation are all importantly powerful for your spiritual connection to source. Each of the three has its own purpose and will help you to manage stress and anxiety on a daily basis. Like everything else in life, they work best when you document them. Something I learned a long time ago from coaches was if you want success in an area, you need to record it.
When you go to the gym, you record your weight, number of sets and how much you lifted. When you’re reaching for a financial goal, you budge and document how much you make on a daily basis. So wouldn’t it make sense that when you are meditating, you would record the experience as well. A meditation and prayer journal can take a few minutes, but have a very dramatic effect on your life.
Why Do You Need a Meditation Journal?
Journaling is very easy, and you can look back over time to see how far you’ve progressed. I like to think of it as a way to record your spiritual progress and stay awake. By awake, I mean to stay in tune with the present moment. It’s easy to slip back into the daily grind and forget who we are. Plus, breakthroughs are very important to record. For whatever reason, it’s much easier to remember our breakthroughs when we record them.
Letting things go like ideas, memories and breakthroughs can be a fatal error. If you ask any of the world’s most successful people, they will all tell you to write things down. The reason being, human beings have tens of thousands of thoughts every day. And it’s impossible to remember them all. Usually it’s the thoughts we don’t want to have that we end up remembering.
That’s why a spirit journal comes in so handy. Let’s pretend you are meditating one day, you’re deep into contemplation on a particular problem. Suddenly, you have a massive breakthrough, and from the either, the answer to your problem comes. You’re so excited you get up, you go make a cup of tea, and then you sit down to enjoy your tea. All of a sudden you can’t remember what the answer was. Ideas happen like that, they are given to us and then disappear.
Now, if you were to have the same meditation, ask the same question, then get the same answer when you had a journal sitting next to you… Well, you get the idea. You can then look at your answer, contemplate on it even further, and likely devise a plan.
Why is It Important to Document Your Thoughts?
Even if you don’t have a particular problem, you can document the experience itself. A good way to start is through basic meditation. Sit for 5-30 minutes. You increase your meditation time as you get more comfortable, allow whatever to happen to happen. Remember to focus on your breath coming in through your nose, and leaving through your mouth. Feel your diaphragm expand and then your belly. Do this for your allotted time.
What Questions Do You Ask After Meditating?
When you are finished, grab your journal and write down the following question, “While meditating, what did I feel? Did I learn anything new? Were there any profound experiences? And how was the experience in general?”
These effective questions are like searchlights for getting good answers. Start this practice the next time you meditate and watch what happens.