The Journal habit – Day 1


We all love to build great habits. And get those habits to power our ambitions. Well, here’s me trying to get into the journaling habit – this post is day 1 of the attempt.

But wait there’s more. Today is a special Hindu festival day (yeah, there are special days even in 2020). To know more about why – we have to look at stuff that’s a little bigger – in fact at God, the Universe and all such things!

The Universe is one incredible creation. In India, we celebrate it as the manifestation of Devi, the feminine consciousness which gives rise to all of the Cosmos, sustains it and renews it continuously.

The 2020 Navratri festival has just completed. We enjoyed nine days of self-inquiry, understanding our place in the world and celebrating the created world in all its glory.

I came across this Youtube video of an ArtOfLiving Teacher explaining the significance of the Navratri festival in less than seven minutes. It’s brilliant – and you should bookmark his YouTube channel too,

OK – now that we have seen the video and hopefully internalised the teachings, it’s time to put it into practice in our own lives.!

What do we mean by putting teaching into practice?

When we are able to transform learned concepts into experiential practice, magical creations occur. And that will be my endeavour (I hope your’s as well) on this very auspicious day of Vijayadashami.

So what magic am I going to create?

The answer is, I don’t know! The splendid thing is that where Devi is concerned, everything’s game. You can ask for strength and health, material wealth, wisdom – she accommodates everything. You can even ask her for luck at the Casino – but remember, she is responsible for the law of karma too, so you may end up having to bear the consequence!

While I don’t know about the magic I will create, I do know that I will start with journaling. Journaling is a way of clearing the cobwebs in our brain and clarifying ideas. More importantly, they are great at pointing out what I don’t know. And once you know what you don’t know – it can be a blessing. You can either stay away from them or go in-depth and master them. Either way, they cease to be demons who can nip you in the dark!

Journals are also more manageable in that they are not defined. They can cover anything – your thoughts, your deeds of the day or even how you feel. In a sense, they are as great as our guideposts.

But Guideposts need to be regular – to keep from losing our way. They also keep us honest. And based on how we are doing, we can then scale-up or pivot to other actions. In case you were wondering, I just slipped in some business jargon meaning “continue doing the same activity with more rigour” or “trying out something else”!).

To wrap up, daily journals (or at least near daily!) will be my endeavour. Hopefully, it will catch me out when I get lazy! This is post one of what I hope will be ninety entries or thereabouts. It’s a stretch – no harm in giving a shot, though! I haven’t defined lengths or topics for the posts – they’ll simply flow based on the day in action. And yes, you can wish me luck.

And onward to day two…

2 thoughts on “The Journal habit – Day 1

  1. meraser says:

    A real good one, Subra. Wishing you the best on your renewed beginning! And no better place to start than during the auspicious day of Vijayadasami.

    Journaling had personally given me positive moments, especially during the times trying to structure the thoughts and write it down on paper. The process of journal entry itself felt like a time for meditation and contemplation, leaving aside the opportunity to capture those fleeting thoughts and ideas that we keep getting daily, but tend to fall off our horizon in the same regularity.

  2. Great start Subra, happy to see you getting started with the Journaling and the very first post has deep and larger meaning. Especially the line “understanding our place in the world” got reminded of Carl Sagan’s pale blue dot. Happy to read through the posts all days ..

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