Keeping a honest journal takes time and effort. I'm not talking about honesty in terms of facts, what you did, what you ate, wore etc. I am talking about honesty of feelings.
How did you feel when various things happened to you? What about feelings you don't want to admit? What if you got so mad at someone you know you really wanted to hurt them? Or perhaps you felt attracted to someone you shouldn't be feeling attracted to? Or maybe you are ashamed of something you have done.
Do you admit those feelings? Sometimes, we don't do it, because writing them would be admitting and acknowledging them. At other times, we don't do it, because we are not aware of it.
Avoidance is easy. Acknowledgement takes an effort.
So today I want you to acknowledge and accept one negative feeling. Pick one negative emotion. Whether it's anger, shame, pain, greed, jealousy....whatever you want.
Pick an emotion and write a letter to it.
Yes...I am talking about ....Dear Anger...
Then free write. Set a timer for minimum 10 minutes, longer if you feel up to it. Start writing. Don't worry about what you are writing. Don't worry about words or grammar or reptitions. Just write.
When you finish the letter, sign it. Seal it in an envelope.
Put that envelope away.
Give it a few days, or even few weeks, depending on how strongly whatever your wrote effected you.
Make a note in your calender, set a reminder in your PC, in your Blackberry...whatever you use. Make sure. Do it.
Set a date. And on that date, open that letter, read it, and journal about it.
Writing the letter was admission of your feelings.
Reading it, and journaling about how you feel as you read it, is acknowledgement of those feelings.