The problem with these type of journals is it's hard to get an overall view or spot patterns and trends. Also, sitting down and composing a paragraph is sometimes intimidating or takes up too much time. So, in addition to my traditional journaling, I've been tracking stuff in my Google Calendar as well.
Whereas a journal is usually narrative, my Google Diary is decidedly bullet-pointed. It's quick and easy.
First, I started by creating a new calendar called Diary, and colored as I saw fit. Then I started adding significant spiritual events. But, over time, I started adding more and more stuff. This is not only helpful, but coincides with the concept that one should not have a spiritual life and a mundane life, but should be one and the same.
Things to Add
- Practices such as meditations, rituals
- Positive and negative personal interactions
- Spells and successes
- Acquisition of sacred objects and books
- Daily Tarot Readings - I tag these as "DTR"s
- Creative pursuits
- People you've met
- Encounters with the divine
- Communion with nature
- Things that weighed heavily on your mind
Another thing that helps is context. I have other calendars in view, such as personal events and appointments and U.S. holidays. But I've added other stuff as well that helps put spiritual and personal diary entries in context.
- Wiccan Holidays
- Phases of the Moon
- Moon Signs
Unfortunately, with the other two, I don't have links. I found them and added them, but forgot where I found them. If you're net savvy enough, I'm sure you'll manage. If not, drop me a line and I'll try to locate the original sources.
These contextual elements not only benefit looking backward, but forward as well. By seeing the future Moon phases and signs, you can prepare yourself accordingly. This is especially helpful with scheduled personal events. You can see in which phase or sign things sit such as business meetings, doctor visits, and social gatherings. It may even influence when you schedule these events.
Other things to try
Since you can create multiple banners, and color code them, I thought about color coding things as positive, negative, or neutral. Or, you can create a calendar for each of the elements, color them accordingly, and tag them to the bullets where you think they had the most correspondence. Such as, blue/water for personal interactions, yellow/air for creative or intellectual pursuits, green/earth for communion with nature or actions toward sustainability, and fire/red for passionate or bold events.
Things to look for
Once you have all your events and all your context, look for the following:
- What do you see happening during waxing and waning times. Are you more meditative during waning? Are you more productive during waxing?
- Do your bullets align with the Moon signs.
- Did your DTRs pan out for that day?
- Are there clues to why you had times where you were depressed or spiritually dry?
- Are there clues to why you had times where you were happy or spiritually ecstatic?
- How did your spirituality correspond to the current season?