When Meditation Meets Journaling
Combining these two potent practices can boost their already considerable benefits
by Katherine Wessling
Meditation and journaling have both been practiced for centuries, and in the past few decades, scientific research has begun to catch up with the anecdotal accounts. Now experts are realizing that by combining these two modalities, we can access even deeper self-reflection, a greater ability to be present, more peace of mind and a variety of other health benefits.
Both meditation and journaling can help us notice whatever is coming up in the present moment, accept it, then return our focus to the now. “These practices can help us increase our conscious awareness of our own minds,” says Christa Santangelo PhD, assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco, and author of A New Theory of Teenagers: Seven Transformational Strategies to Empower You and Your Teen.