We've been talking about the very good gospel lately and how the good news actually is just that - GOOD NEWS. The last two weeks we discussed how judgement isn't what we've been taught over the years - cold and heartless penalties for doing "bad things" or some final punishment of hellfire - but actually a self reflection of HOPE. Taking time to look inward and see the war in yourself and finding peace. It's not easy but it is possible. So, it's time to take a look at that plank in our eye, those things that our causing us to go to war with ourselves and others. Here are some journal prompts to help us look inward and see what is going on. Maybe tackle one everyday. Ask yourself the question and meditate on the answer. Take time to notice your breathing and slow down in these moments. Jot down your answers and thoughts in notebook for self reflection later. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in healing and direction on how to find wholeness in these places - to find peace in your WAR.
31 JOURNAL PROMPTS FOR HEALING, SELF-AWARENESS & GROWTH
#1. What was one time you remember feeling wronged as a child? How did you react? Has this affected you into adulthood? How?
#2. Think about one time where you’ve felt betrayed. What would you say to the person who broke your trust?
#3. Write about a time you felt let down by someone you’d previously looked up to.
#4. What’s one trait you see in other people that you wish you had. Why do you not possess this characteristic yourself?
#5. Do you often find yourself over-thinking what you’ve said or how you’ve acted? What usually triggers this?
#6. What were your parents’/guardians’ core values while you were growing up? Do you hold these today or do they differ? How so?
#7. What are your core values as a human being? What’s the most important to you? What are you morally passionate about?
#8. What tends to trigger envy for you? Why do you think this is?
#9. What are the first signs that your mental health is dipping?
#10. When are you hardest on yourself? Why? Where do you think this stems from? Why do you put yourself under so much pressure? Why are you so reluctant to be kind to yourself?
#11. How do you react when you’re angry? Is this similar to other people who have been in your life since childhood? Why do you think this is?
#12. What triggers you? Can you identify where this came from?
#13. How do you perceive failure? What is your definition of failure? How does it make you feel? Are you afraid of it? Why might this be? How did your parents/guardians react to failure?
#14. What situations make you feel less than or not good enough? Why do you think this is?
#15. What is your relationship with your parents and/or siblings like? How was it as a child compared to now? Why do you think this is?
#16. What parts of your parents/guardians growing up do you see in yourself now? When did these begin to become apparent?
#17. What toxic traits have you recognised in your parents? How did it make you feel when you realised that your parents weren’t perfect? Do you also possess these traits yourself?
#18. What are your toxic traits? How do these present themselves? How do you project these onto others?
#19. What aspects of yourself would you like to improve? Why? Has anyone in your past ever made comments suggesting that you should? If so, how did this make you feel?
#20. How do you feel about who you are as a human? Why?
#21. How often do you forgive yourself? What kind of things do you feel you need to be forgiven for? Why is this?
#22. Write about a time where you messed up and needed forgiveness. Did you ask to be forgiven? Did you apologise? How did it play out?
#23. Do you form obsessive or unhealthy attachments easily? Why do you think this might be; do you have a fear of change/abandonment/rejection? Or, on the other hand, do you find it difficult to form emotional attachments; do you struggle with commitment or get restless staying in one place for a certain time? Where do you think this stems from?
#24. How do you fill your time when bored? What gives you enjoyment? What self-care do you regularly practise?
#25. What negative emotions do you tend to avoid? Why might this be?
#26. What negative emotions do you actually feel quite comfortable sitting with? Why might this be?
#27. Write about one person you’ve never forgiven. What happened and why did you not forgive them? Was it warranted? How has this event affected you going forward? Do you think you could forgive them now? How did you move on from this?
#28. How do you carry the weight of your past trauma? How has it affected you?
#29. How did you process emotions as a child, teenager, and young adult? How do you process negative emotions now? Has this changed over time?
#30. How do you enforce boundaries? How do you feel when people overstep them? How do you react?
#31. What is the biggest lie you consistently tell yourself? Why?
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