My thinking time comes when I walk my dog, take a swim, chop the veg, stand in the shower, luxuriate in the bath or overnight as I sleep. Things really do seem clearer in the morning or after a long walk.
It really is good to stop and reflect and to let whatever is going on bounce around a bit. My best reflection comes after I have written in my journal and then slept on it.
We learn and process as we write. Reflection allows us to further process so that we can make meaning of our words, make changes and start the healing and learning process.
In order to make sense of our writing we simply, as I have said, have to leave it. I find that when I go back and look at my journal I start analysing what I have written with the goal of making decisions about what to do or what not to do and being able to find the inspiration for change. I also find my creative juices starting to flow and there is stuff that I can use for my blog or creative writing.
Reflection is simply a process which enables you to make meaning from your writing, challenge your thinking and learn who you are and give you the opportunity to make choices about changing the way you behave. And you get all of that from a pen and a journal.
Steps to the art of reflection:
• Buy a journal and pen.
• Write for ten minutes at night or in the morning about your day.
• Once a week go back and read through your journal entries.
• Pick something that was bothering you and write about how you feel now.
• What insights have you made?
• What will you do differently next time?
What stops us growing and changing is us. Change happens when we stop repeating our habitual patterns and behaviours and begin to see things in a new way and in the process discover the power to create the results we want.