The Value of Journaling in an Age of Noise
"Journaling is a space where I can write it all down. I can get my thoughts out, unload my brain from the day and see what’s actually going on in my soul. It’s a practical way to unburden my mind and allow myself to rest."
In the age of noise, we need the art of journal-keeping more than ever as a place to keep your thoughts, faith and relationships grounded.
This is part of why we felt it was important to make Alabaster: The Notebook Beautiful. We need sacred spaces of quiet and reflection that allow us to breathe and be in the presence of God. We need free space for our works of making, to create - write poetry for example, dream, and hope.
Here’s how I personally use journaling to overcome the barriers, deepen my faith and creative life:
1. Journaling is a space where I can write it all down. I can get my thoughts out, unload my brain from the day and see what’s actually going on in my soul. It’s a practical way to unburden my mind and allow myself to rest.
2. Journaling is an opportunity for me to reflect and learn from my past. I ask questions about how I’ve lived my life: What would I do the same? What would I do differently? What lessons am I learning in this season? Asking questions leads to a more intentional way of living, and journaling helps me get there.
3. Journaling is a place for me to pray + write my thoughts to God. Sometimes my mind goes all over the place or gets distracted by the endless scroll of my phone. Notebooks are a beautiful analog tool, helping me to focus and pray.
Where do you see the value of journaling in your life? How has keeping a journal helped you push through the noise? Share a post, tag @alabaster_asia with the hashtag #madetocreate.
Words: Brian Chung (Alabaster Co. co-founder)