There are people who use the term journal generically. They say they journal when they cut pictures out of a magazine and put it in a blank paged book using it as a “vision board or dream journal”. Others may keep a log of daily events and consider it their journal. Still others write what’s going on in their life topically while using correct grammar and punctuation. There are many ways to journal depending on the purpose of doing it. There are no rules or journal police to say you’re doing it right or wrong.
Perception is reality. What we believe, becomes fact, our reality. Some who are not familiar with journaling or its benefits, view those who do it in a certain way. They may think of the journaler as one who is also into voodoo or other practices they know nothing about. Of course that is an extreme exaggeration but you get the point.
Using a journal to pursue personal growth, for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing is different than a “record of the day’s activity” writing. Physical, how did that make it into the list of three? Good question. Check back for Part 2 - Mind & Body connection that answers the question.