Journaling for Health


Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night. ~ William Blake

These words make me think of how important it is to know why we are doing what we are doing, when we are doing it.

Far too many people seem to be caught in the trap of checking items off of the todo list – running here and there doing everything they’re “supposed” to do for the day.

I can’t help but wonder how many of those things are truly important.

For me the quote from Blake presents a clear truth: If we start first, not by doing, but by thinking, reflecting deeply, and making truly conscious decisions about what matters first, the actions that we take that day will be more purposeful and meaningful, and perhaps even more powerful, to achieve ends that are beneficial not only to ourselves but to everyone around us.

To me, this means making sure that sometime during each day there should be a thoughtful, purposeful meditation, that includes a healthy dose of journaling.

Journaling for health can be a vital part of the process of healing, and uncovering underlying mental, emotional, and spiritual issues that can be driving a process of unwellness in a person.

The key is to build this into your daily routine. I suspect that since everyone is different, with different lives and schedules, morning meditation and journaling may not be suitable or even possible for everyone, but the point is to find a time and a place that works for you.

In the book “Getting Things Done”, David Allen talks about the person that feels that they really don’t have time to take 2-4 hours each week to think deeply about their goals and how to achieve them. What he says about this situation is striking: “If you don’t take the time to do it, then your brain will always be doing it, when you’re doing other things”. This is a recipe for confusion, lost opportunities, and a lack of wholehearted purpose.

None of these realities is a boost to health, in fact, quite the opposite.


David Allen’s Getting Things Done Website


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