Need help figuring out a pressing situation or relationship issue?
Writing the situation down in a blank or lined journal lends itself to reflection on the problem.
When you are away from home it is handy to keep a notebook in your backpack or purse to jot down those problems to reflect on later in meditation. That way you can go on with your set daily schedule, and know that later you can tackle issues at hand.
If you write out the questions or problems on the left-hand page, you can note answers that come to you on the opposite right-hand page. By repeatedly using a journal this way you develop a habit of looking within your self for answers, developing insight.
Being able to pull from insight is so important going through life. It means you do not have to go through the same or similar situations over and over again to learn a lesson. Insight is the shortcut to getting the best answer fast and putting it into action or moving on.
Your journal is like a friend, there with the answers to previous situations. After awhile and perhaps filling more than one journal, you see a pattern that leads in the right direction for solving problems. And that would be the solution that is win-win. Everyone benefits and no one loses.
There are time-honored methods to help see what the right answer is in a certain situation. Those are meditation and reflection on the problem or situation, and replacing a negative with a positive attitude.
If we consider that like leads to like, or that a certain kind of actions leads to a predictable reaction, we can choose to go forward with the best motives to receive the best results.
When trying to resolve issues from your journal take a few minutes to first quietly sit still and meditate. Let insight arise in your mind and when a positive idea comes write it down. Go into your meditation with a positive attitude so you are most likely to receive a good and useful answer.
It is the process toward the goal that gives fulfillment and happiness. When we have problems to resolve along the road of life journal writing is one way to get to the core of the issue, bringing us back on track, or pointing out a new path of action.
Happiness in the moment is the overall goal. When we achieve outer goals a new one will pop into mind, so if we can stay in harmony during each step toward our goals we maintain our state of happiness.
To recap: Use a journal to jot down problems and after reflecting write out resolutions that come to mind. In this way we learn how meditation and reflection can help us develop insight. Keep in mind that a positive attitude yields a positive result. And that a win-win solution leaves everyone happy. The real goal of life is being happy moment to moment while we work toward outer goals, and happiness is the byproduct of leading a positive and harmonious life.
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Article by Susan Helene Kramer