From Maya Angelou to Joan Didion, find 14 Quotes on Journaling to Uplevel Your Mindfulness

Journaling has proven itself time and again to be a panacea for  the human condition. I see social media as a variation of this and I personally use my Twitter and Instagram accounts for this very purpose. Chronicling your thoughts and experiences evokes mindfulness. That mindfulness deepens self awareness. Deeper self awareness nurtures more inner peace. This type of growth helps the human on every level from personal development to career advancement to legacy building. It’s a trusted process used by CEO’s, activists and authors alike to flesh out thoughts, retrace steps, dream and think simultaneously and appreciate the journey. Here are 14 quotes on journaling to uplevel your mindfulness.

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” — William Wordsworth


“Remember what it was to be me: that is always the point. It is a difficult point to admit. We are brought up in the ethic that others, any others, all others, are by definition more interesting than ourselves; taught to be diffident, just this side of self-effacing.” — Joan Didion, “On Keeping a Notebook,” Slouching Toward Bethlehem


“Writing is my way of expressing – and thereby eliminating – all the various ways we can be wrong-headed.” — Zadie Smith


“Whether you’re keeping a journal or writing as a meditation, it’s the same thing. What’s important is you’re having a relationship with your mind.” — Natalie Goldberg


“A diary is useful during conscious, intentional, and painful spiritual evolutions.” — André Gide, Journals: 1889-1913


“Journal writing, when it becomes a ritual for transformation, is not only life-changing but life-expanding.” — Jen Williamson


“Journaling is like whispering to one’s self and listening at the same time.” — character Mina Murray from Bram Stoker’s Dracula


“Your subconscious mind is trying to help you all the time. That’s why I keep a journal – not for chatter but for mostly the images that flow into the mind or little ideas.” — Jim Harrison


“I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.” — Flannery O’Connor


“Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.” — Christina Baldwin


“Writing eases my suffering… writing is my way of reaffirming my own existence.” — Gao Xingjian


“In the journal I do not just express myself more openly than I could to any person; I create myself. The journal is a vehicle for my sense of selfhood.” — Susan Sontag, Reborn: Journals and Notebooks, 1947-1963


“Because being CEO can feel lonely, I journal religiously as a way to express my thoughts, feelings, and aspirations… reflect on challenges and celebrate progress and successes.” — Rana el Kaliouby


“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” — Maya Angelou