A guest post from my friend and colleague Vicky White of The Spacious Life.
“Anything you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness possesses you, and in this materialistic age a great many of us are possessed by our possessions.” – Peace Pilgrim
Are your journals one of those things that have outlived their usefulness?
In a recent decluttering program the subject of journals came up.
For some, their journals were full of angst and depressing to read.
For some, they were morning pages, three pages each day of stream of consciousness writing – a blurt at the start of the day.
For others, journals were being saved for the day they started writing their memoirs.
For many, they held important shifts and breakthroughs along life’s rocky path.
Some had years of journals boxed up at the back of a closet. (Closets in Feng Shui represent secrets!)
Some women had held ritual journal burning ceremonies. Others were horrified by that idea.
There are no right or wrongs.
Are your journals clutter?
Do you love them? Do you use them? Do they raise your energy?
Whether you hold onto your journals or let them go, journaling is an important part of the clutter clearing process because whatever you’re holding onto has emotions keeping you tied to it. And tied to the past.
Journaling is a powerful tool to explore emotional ties: pain, fear, regret, sadness, and more.
Memories are often created when you’re feeling pain or fear or lack of some kind.
Why not choose to shine a light on these memories and examine what your truth really is, now you have some distance from the event?