There are as many approaches to journaling as there are aspects of life to focus on; one of these aspects is spirituality. Journaling about spirituality can help bring clarity to your thoughts as well as help define priorities for the competing demands of the other parts of your life: health, work, family, love relationships, and recreation, to name a few.
What is spirituality? According to the dictionary, “spirit” pertains to the incorporeal — the non-physical — and is often used interchangeably with the word “soul.” In our culture spirituality is often perceived as closely related to religious practice, but for the purposes of this article the definition of spirituality is broader and more abstract.Journaling about spirituality can help bring clarity to your thoughts. Click To Tweet
When I speak of spirit, I mean that part of me that senses and connects with the unseen, with that which is greater than myself, with the creative energy of the Universe. Jung called this the Collective Unconscious, common to all humans and the source of all archetypes, universal images, and ideas. Some say this unseen universal energy is the essence of divinity. For me, this universal connection is too large and unknowable to be named; yet it’s natural to try to know and to define it, at least what it means to us individually. And it’s also a facet of our beings that can become buried in the day-to-day business of life.
Here are a few writing prompts to help you explore this topic.
- What connotations and images does the word “spirituality” have to you? How were you raised to think and believe, and do you reject or embrace those beliefs? Do you think there is such as thing as a spirit or soul? Write your reasons for your beliefs.
- Is it important to focus on soul or spirit in our lives? Why and why not (write about both sides of the argument)?
- Write about a moment in your life in which you felt connected spiritually. Where were you? What happened and what came of that moment?
- When you feel connected or in tune with your spirit, how do you feel? Are there any particular rituals or behaviors that help you to reach that state?
- What does it mean to be a “spiritual person”? What behaviors do you associate with being spiritual?
- What does it mean to grow spiritually and how do you know if you have grown?
- If you were to focus more on growing spiritually, what changes would you need to make in your life? What would you give up, if anything, and what would you need to do more of?
I hope these prompts have helped you discover more about what spirituality and being spiritual means to you. I welcome your comments about this topic and any of the writing prompts.