I loved what Marianne said earlier about techniques helping us discover different parts to ourselves. Using different approaches to deal with emotions, struggles, blocks, resistance and confusion can really help us Listen more readily. And maybe relax a bit to help us move from that frustrated place to one where we're going with the flow with Who We Are.
If you use a variety of techniques in your journaling practice, which one speaks to you the most, the one you always return to?
My dominant/non dominant hand technique tops my list since I use it with almost every entry.
I wanted to mention Doodling all by itself as a technique. I just started doing a daily doodle in my journal sketch book and am having FUN with it. I summarize my day with a word or phrase and do it in a doodle form. Sometime I draw stuff that comes to mind that speaks to me. A picture is worth a thousand words. Another great technique that speaks.
Anyone else enjoy doodling?
There's something about techniques that can really speak to the soul. You can go text based with dialogue, Q&A, unsent letters as Mariannesuggested, and, of course, summarizing your feelings about the day you experienced. But there's also visual: you can do mind maps, doodles, or drawings to express yourself. Intuitive drawing or painting really hits the spot for me and you can do this in an art journal too, if you're thus inclined. So many options!
My favorite techniques for listening: Using my dominant hand and then my non dominant hand, activating both sides of the brain. I highly recommend using this method since it creates a wholistic way of viewing life, both creatively and logically.
My other favorite is Dialogue or Q&A with my Self. Very telling and informative.
I just found a link to an interesting article by Lawrence Norfolk, 'A Notebook is a Junkyard of the Mind'.
Our question for today: What Journaling Techniques are most effective for Listening to Who You Are?