Relax and Recharge With These 5 Incredible Mindfulness Journals
Relax with a great guided journal!
Mindfulness Journals Worth Buying
Mindfulness has become a prominent word in media over the last several years, but it's one of those things that can be difficult to pin down because it means something slightly different to everyone. According to Greater Good Magazine by UC Berkeley, mindfulness is "a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens." It's also important that we acknowledge what we feel at any given moment without judging ourselves for it.
It may not come as a surprise that mindfulness and journaling go hand-in-hand. Journaling is a very intimate experience and requires you to be present within your mind as you put words to the page. It can be really hard to get started with mindful journaling though, especially if you don't have a lot of journaling experience.
That's why we created a list of five great mindfulness journals to get you started! Find one that's a great fit for you, work your way through it, and by the time your done, you'll be well on your way to journaling in a regular notebook like a total pro!
1. Practice You: A Journal
Elena Brower created Practice You: A Journal because she often turned to her journals whenever she needed guidance and wanted to share that experience with others. Brower says, "Whenever I've needed direction, strength, or centering, I've so often turned to my own journals. Why? Because many of the answers we seek are found within ourselves." Practice You is an adventure of getting to know yourself on a deeper level than you thought possible. The Practice You: Daily Awakening Deck is a great supplement to the journal.
2. Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration
Meera Lee Patel has a few different journals out now, but Start Where You Are is are a great place to start when it comes to mindfulness and digging deeper into the self. Patel's artwork throughout the book is both inspiring and exquisite and the prompts and questions she poses remind us that everything we need is already inside us - we just have to tap into it and let it shine!
3. Let That Sh*t Go: A Journal for Leaving Your Bullsh*t Behind and Creating a Happy Life
Let That Shit Go by Monica Sweeney is an edgier take on mindfulness, and that's perfectly fine with us! The journal digs into ways you can how much energy it truly takes to hold onto things and how, as the title suggest, we can let that shit go. Sweeney's journal doesn't pull punches. It encourages you to express your anger in whatever language you'd like and, in the process, find yourself less bogged down by baggage.
4. Present, Not Perfect: A Journal for Slowing Down, Letting Go, and Loving Who You Are
Geared toward over-achievers and perfectionists that tend to work themselves to the bone, Aimee Chase's Present, Not Perfect is an excellent journal that compels women to "slow down and enjoy life rather than pushing for perfection." The purpose of Chase's journal is to reconnect people with their deeper selves, giving them the chance to take a step back to discover why they began pushing themselves to hard to begin with and reevaluate if that's what they truly want from life.
5. The Universe Has Your Back Journal
The Universe Has Your Back by Gabby Bernstein, beautifully illustrated by Micaela Ezra, is a spiritual journey to getting to know yourself better while establishing a deeper connection to the world around you. This journal encourages you to be unapologetic in your proclamations, to admit your truths aloud and grow as a person. The Universe Has Your Back: A 52-card Deck is a great addition to the journal.
Let's Keep the Conversation Going...
What's your favorite mindfulness journal to write in?