Your words, your way. You can never do it wrong... Your journaling is always right for you, any time, any place, starting now
Looking for a Jewish life coach years ago, I wondered if I could afford one. If you are wondering if you can afford a Jewish journaling mentor for spiritual self discovery, just know it's ok, you can afford me. I will find a way to help you get your journaling life started or boosted in a wonderful, powerful way with Torah and prayer and fun! It's what I do.
Although I have some older journals, about 20 years ago I got into journaling in a big, powerful way. I was isolated, long before the Coronavirus isolated Jews all over the world, and journaling helped me to cope and to grow, in spite of my isolation. I could express myself freely and review my writing later, Re-reading it, I could see my growth. My writing skills improved, too.
I became a professional writer and blogger, but that was just my own path. Most people derive tremendous personal and professional benefit from their journaling without aspiring to become professional writers. It is not the purpose of their journal writing.
Everyone has their own, unique goals, but there is one thing we all have in common - we want to feel better. We want to gain clarity and sanity in this world, especially now, when world events and attitudes crush and tear our souls away from peace and into pieces.
My Jewish Journaling practice brings peace to my soul. It has become a habit for me, a daily exercise in bringing the pieces of me back together so I am clear, strong and functional, no matter what is happening in the world.
Starting with the weekly Torah portion, a special time on the Hebrew calendar or a Torah class I heard on YouTube, there is always a teaching available to jumpstart my Torah journaling each day.
It may be one line of text or even one word that opens my mind and heart to express thoughts and feelings about my life, which is the real-life, day-to-day Torah each Jew is writing in his or her life.
Capturing our thoughts and feelings on the page is how we write our own Torah scrolls, a record of the vital life energy we were all created to share in this world.
Torah also means "teaching" or "instruction," so it is not only the basic truth God provided for the Israelites on Mount Sinai over 4000 years ago, but it is also the wisdom residing within every Jew.
I rarely need to read or listen to any teachings to begin pouring out my heart in prayer. I started writing letters to God many years ago and never really stopped doing it.
Boxes full of cheap, spiral notebooks are piled in my closet, filled with letters to God. Eventually, I stopped writing Dear God at the top of each new letter because my journaling practice had become my basic life practice.
Now I write and pray out loud many times a day, addressing the Creator of the Universe, my Almighty God and King and ever-present Heavenly Father. It's a lifestyle. My Jewish journaling nurtures the most important relationship in my life, which I can see on the pages of the old spiral notebooks and in the light of God shining in my daily life.