Journalling is one of the best tools we have for personal growth. It helps us articulate our deepest thoughts and emotions so that we can process and reflect on them.
It helps us translate our thoughts and feelings into a more tangible format—one that helps us heal and transform into better versions of ourselves.
Whether you are a complete newbie or have been journaling for a long time, prompts always help—especially on the days when you find even putting pen to paper difficult.
If you are looking for spiritual guidance, journaling can be an amazing way to discover the wisdom within you.
There are many external forces that guide us spiritually and journaling provides them with a more concrete way of communicating with us.
Whether it is just your subconscious or a greater power, journaling will help you manifest the spiritual guidance you seek.
The Journaling Journey
Journaling is one of the easiest things we can do for self-growth. It is also one of the most difficult to stay consistent with!
You start journaling and diligently do it every day. A few days in, you start finding it difficult to make the time for it or simply forget about it. Your journal stays in your nightstand, quietly gathering dust.
If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone! Most of us find it hard to stay consistent. Life is full of distractions and eventually, it starts to feel like too much work.
Being uninspired is also a big reason people stop journaling despite having the best intentions every time they start.
Spiritual journal prompts can change that. They help provide a sense of purpose and give direction to our thoughts.
Whether you find yourself wrestling with your emotions, confused about big decisions or just need to relieve stress, journaling is the perfect activity to do.
If you don’t know how to get started, always end up abandoning it in a few days or want to make your journaling more meaningful, don’t worry! We’ve got your back.
We will hold your hand through the entire process of writing and maintaining a spiritual journal. Here’s how you do it:
Gather Your Supplies
Hey, we get it, it is far more convenient to maintain a journal online. But if it is possible, please try journaling the old-fashioned way. There is just something about putting pen to paper that is therapeutic and helps with the flow of ideas.
It’s not just us, research has proved that writing analog helps stimulate the brain and promotes brain activity.
Writing by hand helps activate parts of your brain that you don’t use when you use a keyboard. This doesn’t mean that journaling digitally has no effect on you. Journal however you can but if you have a choice, do try journaling the analog way.
There are a ton of aesthetic journals and cute stationery available online to help you get started. Go as overboard as you want with a fancy journal and colorful pens, stickers and crayons or just use an old notebook with a No.2 pencil—choose what works for you.
Make It a Habit
The key to excelling at anything in life is consistency. Good intentions alone won’t get you anywhere.
Journaling is relaxing and fun even if you do it just once. However, if you want real results, you need to make a habit.
There will be times when it feels like you are not accomplishing anything or just wasting your time. It is important that you don’t give up at these times. Nobody attains personal growth overnight. You need to put in the work!
We’ve found that setting a time and a place helps with staying consistent. Put it into your calendar, make it a part of your to-do list or set a reminder that goes off every day. Turn it into something you can’t miss—like an appointment with your doctor.
If you miss a session, don’t beat yourself up about it. Feeling guilty will only make you miss the next one and before you know it, weeks will have passed before you touch your journal.
Focus on writing the next entry and don’t let one instance put an end to your habit. Skip the guilt and shame—they won’t get you anywhere.
What You Should Write About
Have you ever started journaling but gave up because you felt you weren’t any good at it? Often people think they are bad at journaling or that it ‘just isn’t for them’ when the real problem is that they don’t know what to write about.
You cannot expect yourself to have fresh new ideas and deep epiphanies every single day, it just doesn’t work like that.
This is where writing prompts come in. They give you a structure that keeps you focused and you have a concrete direction when you sit down to write.
Spiritual journal prompts are especially helpful when you are aiming for deep insights.
The whole reason for spiritual journaling is to gain perspective, listen to your inner voice and feel connected to the divine. Spiritual journal prompts will help you accomplish this by compelling you to peel back all the layers and find your true voice.
They help you find answers to the turmoil within and more importantly, to ask the right questions on the path to self-acceptance and growth.
Spiritual Journal Prompts
Spiritual journal prompts are of many kinds. You can try all of them to find out what works for you. There is no right way to maintain a spiritual journal, you can experiment and use whatever way works best for you.
Prompts are especially useful for spiritual journaling because they help you detach from the material (how physically tired you are, what you plan on doing next, etc.) and make you focus on looking within.
More importantly, they push you out of your comfort zone. A spiritual journal prompt you turn to just because you couldn’t think of anything else could end up making you see life from a whole new perspective.
Here are some spiritual journal prompts to help you on your journaling journey.
Interrogative prompts ask you a question. Your journal entry is just your answer to that question. You can interpret the question however you want, follow along a tangent if you feel like, it is all up to you.
It is a journal prompt, not an assignment. Don’t feel obliged to stick to a topic, just write whatever comes to mind when you read the prompt.
It is actually a good sign if you find yourself following a tangential thread. It just means that this is something you need to delve deeper into.
Here’s our list of 10 interrogative prompts:
- If you meet a future version of you, what would you ask them? What response would make you happy and why?
- What scares you the most?
- What would you do if you were invisible for a day?
- What is your happiest memory?
- If you met God, what would you ask them? And what would your answer be?
- If you could meet any person living or dead, who would you choose? What would you talk about?
- If someone read the story of your entire life up to the present, what would they find most relatable/interesting/inspiring about you?
- What advice would you give to your past self?
- What do you want?
- What are the things that fill you with joy/sorrow/fear/excitement?
A picture is worth a thousand words—of course, they make amazing prompts for journaling!
Visual journaling prompts are one of our favorite tools. They are a little unconventional but they’re great for visual thinkers or for when you’re in a bit of a rut.
There are a million ways you could interpret a visual journaling prompt. They certainly help you break the monotony and bring a fresh perspective to your spiritual journal.
If you feel compelled to, you can write multiple entries on the same image. Here are 10 visual writing prompts to help you get started:
- Open Instagram and find a random image on your explore feed. Keep the image in front of you and write about what it makes you feel.
- Light a candle or look up images of a flame. Think about the warmth and light of the fire and start writing.
- Google images of the current season. Pick one that perfectly defines it and write how your life is in this season.
- Pick any image in your home. It can be a painting in your living room, the cover of a book or your child’s drawing. What story does it tell?
- Pick your favorite artist or any artist you’ve heard of. Look through their paintings and choose the one you like. Write about what you think it means and how it makes you feel.
- Find a childhood photograph. Write about that day if you remember it. If you don’t write about what you think it would have been like.
- Google ‘journey’ and pick any image that appeals to you. Write about the kind of journey you think it is, where it started and where it will end.
- Look at images of a place you always dreamed of going to. Write whatever you feel.
- Find images of nature—animals, landscape, outer space, whatever you like. Write whatever comes to mind.
- Pick an image you drew. It can be a painting you made in school, a silly doodle from your notebook or you can even draw something new. Write about what you think.
List prompts are great for days you don’t feel like writing anything. You don’t even have to write complete sentences, just set a timer and don’t stop writing until it goes off.
It might seem like a pointless activity, but it is a great exercise in word association. Each item on the list will guide you to the next and you will unlock your stream of consciousness.
Eventually, you will find that one of the things on this list is something you need to talk more about. It might even inspire your next journal entry.
At the very least, it will help you stay consistent with journaling even on days you can’t be bothered to write coherent sentences.
- List all the things you believe in.
- List all the emotions you have felt this week.
- Make a list of everything you want in this life.
- List all the words you’d use to describe yourself.
- List everything you are grateful for.
- List the words you would like people to use while describing you.
- List of words you’d use to describe the perfect partner.
- List everything that would make the world a better place to live in.
- Make a list of everything that relaxes you.
- List all the ways you can improve your life.
Find a passage from any scripture from the religion you follow. Use it as a prompt for your journal entry.
Find a way to choose passages at random. Ask someone to suggest a passage they like or choose something you haven’t read before. Keep an open mind and read passages even if they make you uncomfortable or you just don’t like it.
Here are some spiritual journal prompts you can use to write about the passage you chose:
- What was your first reaction to this passage? Has it changed?
- Do you identify with anyone in this story?
- What do you love/hate about this passage?
- Is there a phrase or word that stayed with you? Why?
- Write a small summary of the passage in your own words.
- What is the meaning of this passage? Do you agree with it?
- Have you ever been in a similar situation?
- Does this passage relate to your life?
- What does this passage remind you of?
- Imagine that you are interviewing someone from this passage. What would you ask them? What would their responses be?
Now that you know everything you need to know about journaling, get started! Reading will only get you so far. Start journaling today and make it a habit.
If you have any trouble writing, just choose one of the spiritual journal prompts given above and the words will start flowing. Happy journaling!