Journal to hear your inner self (this is not the diary of your pre-teen years).

Did you have a journal or diary when you were younger?

Was it a place you tracked memories of adventures on the monkey bars or your fascination with Joey’s peach fuzz mustache?

Keeping a diary or journal to record memories and feelings can be a lovely thing to do, but that’s not the kind of journaling we’re talking about on AnnikaTV today.

In this episode, I’m talking with psychotherapist and yoga wonder-woman, Ashley Turner, about the very specific kind of journaling she uses in her spiritual practice.

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Instead of approaching journaling as a way to record what’s happened in her life, Ashley’s journaling technique helps her work through the muddle of all the voices in her head.

You know the voices I’m talking about, right? Here’s a personal example of mine:

Voice 1: “Yeah! I’m excited to work out today.”
Voice 2: “You have 4 deadlines. You’re too busy.”
Voice 3: “You worked out yesterday. Don’t push yourself too hard.”
Voice 4: “PUSH YOURSELF! DO IT! GET THE HELL UP!”

And then Voice 1 chimes in again and the whole cycle keeps repeating itself. Or worse, it can feel like all those voices are shouting their perspectives at the top of their lungs, at the same time. No bueno.

Anytime we have a decision to make, or we’re at a crossroads in a relationship or our career, there are often a bunch of competing voices vying for our attention.

How do you choose? How do you quiet the noise and get clear on which voice (if any) should be guiding you?

Ashley’s journaling practice can help with exactly that.

Press the play button below to watch.

I’m curious:

What’s been your relationship to journaling?

Have you ever approached it the way Ashley describes?

Let me know in the comments below.

Love,
Annika