5 Prompts to Kickstart your Journaling Practice

Do you have any monthly rituals for aligning your energy to bring your goals and dreams to life? Along with vision boarding, I highly recommend journaling as a great place to get started as your foundation for a monthly (or daily!) mindfulness practice.

First things first—grab a notebook and pen. Any will do! It doesn’t have to be fancy to get started. Now find a quiet place to sit, either at a desk, or on a cushion on the floor. Shut the door to create your energetic container. Now you’re ready to write! Need some prompts on how to get started with a regular journaling practice? Keep reading below for my go-tos.

1. START WITH GRATITUDE

Gratitude is always a great place to start. Every morning in my journal I thank the Universe for the things I’m grateful for. My loving husband and good health are on my list every day : ) What would be on your gratitude list? It helps to start with the people in your life who support you in living your dharma.

2. BY THIS TIME NEXT YEAR…

For this one it can help to have your vision board or mood board handy. What do you want to see manifest in your life by this time, one year from now? What about in 5 years? 10 years? Have fun with this one. Explore your boundless potential! Write from a place of no fear, no limitations, no ifs, ands, or buts!

3. AFFIRM WHAT YOU ALREADY ARE

Often we attempt to cultivate energies or essences in our lives as if they were something external. Remember that as a divine creation, you already possess these qualities within you. Ultimately it’s a word game in changing your perspective.

4. MAKE TWO LISTS

Write a list of things you do every day that make your heart sing, and then write a list of things you do every day that either sap your energy or are not in line with your values. The popular version you may have heard of this prompt is overly simplistic, in that the idea is that the lists will gradually adjust themselves and thereby self correct over time. On a deeper level this journal entry asks you to examine your relationship to barriers and obstacles in your life. What is it that prevents you from doing what you want to do every day? Are these obstacles real or self-imposed? There will likely be a mixture of both. Meditation on Ganesha, the remover of obstacles, has helped me to gain clarity surrounding the kinds of roadblocks we all experience in our lives in some way, shape, or form. I learned to identify which were real and which I made up in my own mind. From there I developed strategies to overcome them, and in some cases I learned how to live with barriers that cannot be removed at this time, or ever.

5. YOUR WISH FOR THE WORLD

If you could help the world in any way you wanted, what would it be? Which of your special and unique guests would you offer up to make the world a better place? I especially love this prompt because the good vibes you channel support you in becoming more empowered to serve others, but by taking your quiet time to journal, you’re filling your own cup first.

Sound good? Let me know in the comments below which strategy you think will work best for you! Happy journaling!