Cup of Coffee… My Favorite Companion when Journaling
Self Discovery. This one phrase has more life-changing power in it than most people realize. You can’t possibly improve ANYTHING unless you first understand it and know it for what it is, inside and out. That’s why I love programs, books, websites, lessons, etc. that have enough sense to focus on self discovery.
It’s only after an individual has a clear understanding of where they’re coming from that they can realistically chart in which direction they hope to move next. If you or I have no idea who or where we are, we’re prisoners to our own lack of knowledge and we have no more direction than an autumn leaf riding in the wind.
I’m sure you don’t like leaving your fate up in the air anymore than I do!
For as long as I know, I’ve kept journals. I’m pretty sure I’ve gone into great detail about my notebook obsession – I have thoughts, reflections, quotes, randomness, and journal entries all around me. Their benefit doesn’t necessarily lie in the future. Truth be told, I don’t go back and re-read what I’ve written very often, not unless I’m feeling nostalgic or need a little piece of information I can’t “pull up” all by myself. The benefit of writing things down takes place during the writing – when my thoughts, hopes, feelings, dreams, worries, etc. come spilling from my mind onto the page.
There’s something amazingly wonderful about writing down your innermost thoughts. Very often, mid paragraph, something comes out you never fully realized existed. Talk about self discovery! I’ve always thought of journal writing as “Putting yourself in the best possible hands – your own.”
The Progoff Intensive Journal Program is an ingenious integrated system where you use this sort of self discovery to lead to self development and self improvement. The direction we all want to head in, to be sure.
This Intensive Journal Program uses writing exercises to aid in this self discovery – in my opinion, a brilliant idea.
The Intensive Journal workbook is the basic instrument in which you write about your life. It is a three ring binder containing tabs, each of which covers a specific area of your life. Examples include personal relationships, career and special interests, body and health, events, dreams, and meaning in life. – Intensive Journal.org
Since the founder was a leading authority on C.G. Jung, depth psychology and transpersonal psychology AND journal writing, you can sort of think of this Intensive Journal Program as a journal with a psychology degree!
Take a few minutes, now, and try a sample Intensive Journal Exercise. I did the written exercise, myself, prior to writing this review. I read everything on the website and thought, “After I go through my recipes, get my grocery list together, and go to the store, I’m definitely going to write a post about this program.” However, after doing the sample written exercise and actually benefiting from a few insights it brought forward, I wanted to share it with you right away. The recipes and groceries aren’t going anywhere – but you can.
The above is a sponsored review, which merely means that I’ve been paid to give my opinion. Whether I like or dislike a product is my own choosing – as are all of the words and all of the thoughts. Frankly, if I don’t completely approve of something or feel that it can benefit my readers, I don’t accept the offer to write the review. I’ve been keeping count (what can I say – it’s something else I get to write down) -and I turn away three times more offers than I accept. So the rare ones I do, you know I mean them!