Writing as a Spiritual Practice – 5 Simple Exercises

“There’s something magical about disconnecting from all electronics and scribbling things down the old fashioned way. It’s one of the most easily accessible spiritual tools at our disposal!”

Did you hate writing as a kid? I did! I absolutely loathed it. It was such a painful thing to do.

I was always the last in my class to finish taking notes. I remember this one time in fifth standard when our class teacher punished the whole damn class because I wrote slowly. She said everyone had to stand up and stay standing until I finished copying down all the information she’d written on the black board. Yeah, I was a verrrrry popular kid that day among my classmates and their aching legs. 😂

Anyway, we’ll dig into the old fashioned schooling system and its cruelties some other time. This post is all about how writing can actually be enjoyable, and also a very powerful spiritual tool in our daily lives.

Though I considered writing my enemy throughout my schooling years, somewhere on the way into adulthood there was a shift in my mindset. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Perhaps it was because I didn’t “have” to write anymore.

When it became a choice, I actually began to see its beauty.

Now writing is life! ✍🏻 I crave to put pen to paper. There’s something magical about disconnecting from all electronics and scribbling things down the old fashioned way.

"Left image: Open notebook with pens on a folded blanket on the corner of a bed. Open window in the background. Right text: Writing is one of the most powerful spiritual tools at our disposal! Read about five simple and incredible writing practices below"

Writing is one of the most easily accessible spiritual tools at our disposal! I’m sharing five incredibly effective spiritual writing practices that are a part of my life. The last exercise on the list is my favourite one. 📝💌😉

1. Journaling

"1 Journaling: Journaling is a great mental and emotional de-cluttering practice. Narrating stories from your life often brings out an alternate perspective to the experiences. Freely writing down thoughts and feelings without censorship or judgement can be extremely cathartic."
“Journaling is a great mental and emotional de-cluttering practice. Narrating stories from your life often brings out an alternate perspective to the experiences. Freely writing down thoughts and feelings without censorship or judgement can be extremely cathartic.”

2. Gratitude List

"2 Gratitude List: Gratitude carries very high vibe energy. It shifts your focus and instantly picks you up. From the tiniest to the biggest things in your life, write down what you’re thankful for. Then read the list to feel uplifted."
“Gratitude carries very high vibe energy. It shifts your focus and instantly picks you up. From the tiniest to the biggest things in your life, write down what you’re thankful for. Then read the list to feel uplifted.”

3. Manifestation

"3 Manifestation: Visualising your ideal life and writing about it as if it’s already happening, with feeling, makes you absolutely magnetic to your desires and brings them into your reality. You’ve already achieved whatever you want, now what does your life look like? Describe little moments in detail, with an emphasis on the wonderful emotions you’re experiencing. The key is in feeling those feelings as you write and read your visualisations."
“Visualising your ideal life and writing about it as if it’s already happening, with feeling, makes you absolutely magnetic to your desires and brings them into your reality. You’ve already achieved whatever you want, now what does your life look like? Describe little moments in detail, with an emphasis on the wonderful emotions you’re experiencing. The key is in feeling those feelings as you write and read your visualisations.”

4. Clarity

"4 Clarity: Our brains are constantly inundated with thoughts, ideas and inspiration. Allow them to flow onto paper in the form of intention lists, structured plans, and mind maps. Getting them out of your brain unburdens you, and breathes life into those ideas. You can get clear about what you want to pursue and break it down into achievable, bite sized tasks. An excellent way to cut down stress and overwhelm."
“Our brains are constantly inundated with thoughts, ideas and inspiration. Allow them to flow onto paper in the form of intention lists, structured plans, and mind maps. Getting them out of your brain unburdens you, and breathes life into those ideas. You can get clear about what you want to pursue and break it down into achievable, bite sized tasks. An excellent way to cut down stress and overwhelm.”

5. Self-Love

"5 Self-Love: Positive affirmations, listing your achievements, encouraging phrases… There are so many powerful ways to experience self-love through writing. Writing love letters to yourself is a super fun, purely joyful activity! Address yourself with sweet phrases of affection. What words would you use while speaking to someone very dear to you? Write your letters to yourself that way."
“Positive affirmations, listing your achievements, encouraging phrases… There are so many powerful ways to experience self-love through writing. Writing love letters to yourself is a super fun, purely joyful activity! Address yourself with sweet phrases of affection. What words would you use while speaking to someone very dear to you? Write your letters to yourself that way.”

These five practices have kept me sane and happy through many difficult times. They’ve helped me release stress, get deeply familiar with my inner thoughts, be kind and loving towards myself, and so much more.

Do you enjoy writing too? If not, give it a shot. Start small, do just a few lines each day and go from there. It’ll totally change your life!

"In what ways do you harness the magic of writing in your life?"
“In what ways do you harness the magic of writing in your life?”

This article was written by Susmitha Veganosaurus

Susmitha Veganosaurus is a holistic business coach, vegan chef, joyful vegan transition guide, podcaster, meditation guide, light worker, and multi-passionate entrepreneur. She helps people make happiness, fun and self-love their highest priority through her workshops, courses, talks, online coaching programs, and podcast (The Feel Good Factor). She’s passionate about teaching people to lead frictionless, fulfilling vegan lives. And she mentors conscious women entrepreneurs, helping them grow their business with a focus on self-care and a mindset of abundance. Note: Susmitha is pronounced “su-smi-tha” (no “sh" sound anywhere).