Wanting methods to tune into your intuition? Here I cover how to awaken your intuition through meditation journaling and include meditation journal prompts to help.
What is meditation journaling?
Meditation journaling is jotting down feelings, thoughts and revelations that surface while in a meditative or deeply relaxed state. The idea is to write without overthinking or judging. A meditation journal becomes not only a history of inner recollections for self-reflection but also a medium for observing patterns and awakening intuition.
You may have heard the expression: “Go with the flow”. Well, meditation journaling is one way to know that flow.
How to awaken your intuition using journaling
1. Find a journal that resonates with you
Get yourself a journal or diary, one that resonates with you. Keep this one book especially for the purpose of meditation journaling. And keep it in a special place.
When using it for this purpose, keep the journal, notebook or diary in the space where you meditate or in that place where you find calm and peace.
2. Declutter your mind
The best way to start is with a calming technique that enables a flow state of mind, aka alpha state of mine. (The Power of Flow by Belitz and Lundstrom (available at Amazon, see it here) explains living in the flow and how it can transform your life with meaningful coincidence.)
Meditation is the prime means of doing this.
If you are new to meditation or aren’t sure about it, try relaxation techniques that you find useful for yourself instead. This might involve putting on calming music. Having a relaxing bath is another example.
I sometimes quote Steve Jobs, who had this thing of walking barefooted as a way to access intuition. I guess it was a way for him to enter into the ‘flow’ state.
Another way…try jotting down all the stuff that’s going round and round in your head until you’ve exhausted that, then doodle for a few minutes until you feel relaxed and ready to enter into a state of ‘flow’ – i.e. writing without worry, thinking or judging.
3. Use meditation journaling prompts
If your mind is blank and you are finding it hard to write, it’s worth using journaling prompts to get that flow happening. Having some standard notations will also serve as a reference to observe patterns or insights when looking back on recollections in the future.
Meditation journaling prompts
Journal prompts help when it’s hard to get going…When your mind scores a blank.
Idle doodling is one way to prompt yourself.
What I find useful is to write three things that I am grateful for that day. As a prompt, I have my notebook marked for each day and with the words “today I am grateful for…” and numbers 1, 2, 3. You can write more, but at least write three. They don’t have to be profound.
After you’re in a habit of writing without overthinking or judging, it becomes easier.
You can expand on this with this list of meditation journaling prompts to use to record thoughts, feelings, sensations and perceptions surfacing during the meditative state of flow…
Meditation journaling examples
Examples of meditation journaling will be personal, often with meaning only to you, the person who wrote them. Not everyone likes to share such personal writing for fear of ridicule or that it will undermine the meaningfulness of their jottings. And rightly so. It reveals a sacred place…the inner sanctuary.
An example of meditation journaling in terms of gratefulness might be as simple as:
- I am grateful for the walk in the sunshine
- The flowers that have bloomed in my garden
- The community who share my ideas
As Melbourne Meditation Centre offers, it’s best to head the journal entry with at least date and time. It’s also worth noting the place/space you used, the relaxation method, the music or other props or info you’d like to track over time to look back on as a reference for observing patterns or for what has been working for you etc.
How do I Access my intuition?
Intuition seems to surface out of nowhere. For me, it’s like a ‘spark’ or thought that comes into my head or a happening that syncs with what I’d been thinking about – like hearing from an old friend out of the blue after wondering what they’ve been up to. It’s a meaningful coincidence, yes. Has it happened to you?
Sometimes while showering I have these ‘sparks’ of bright ideas. This happens to others, I’m sure.
Getting insights With an idle mind
Insights arrive when I’m doing mindless stuff, meaning with an idle mind. I’ll be into something that needs no thinking. I’m on ‘automatic’ being creative or boring even, such as when I’m cleaning or painting or journaling. It’s during these mindless times that I’m able to enter the flow, or put another way, the alpha state of mind.
So in ‘mindlessness’, I access my intuition. (Much is written about mindfulness, but I regard ‘mindlessness’ as my mind being empty of the usual clutter.) I’m not thinking about what I need to do next, nor what will happen if I don’t get the task done by x, nor what somebody will say or think or any other logical, rational (or irrational) thought process.
Meditation journaling is one way to access this state.
Science indicates intuition is a ‘fast system of thinking’ and correlates with higher IQ. So call it your higher intelligence, if you like.
Meditation journaling is a means of awakening your ‘higher intelligence’.
You might prefer to call this your ‘inner self’, the Universe, angels, God, or simply intuition, whatever you may believe. Either way, trust, faith, and a willingness to open yourself to intuition is at the heart of meditation journaling and is a way to access a ‘voice’ other than your logical thinking brain.
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