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Travel Journaling Exercise: Mind Travel – Part 2

By Dave Fox

Begin with Part 1

Now we’re going to try some speed journaling. Keep your watch or clock in a place you can easily glance at it. Begin with a blank sheet of paper and a pen or pencil. Now, speed-journal about the following six questions for two to three minutes each. When you finish the first topic, jump immediately into the next one.

  • What did you see?
  • What did you hear?
  • What did you taste or smell?
  • How did your body feel in this place?
  • How does your body feel right now?
  • How was your trip? What are you thinking right now?

You might not be able to travel to faraway places whenever you want, but you can repeat this exercise as often as you like. It’s a great way to escape for a little while. It’s not only good journaling practice. It also helps you quiet your mind and relax your body — something that’s good for all of us.

Over time, you may find the meditation and relaxation in part one get easier and you are able to relax more deeply and focus on your trip. You will also likely discover that you can stay in your mind for longer periods of time the more you try this.

If you have feedback on this exercise, please feel free to drop me an e-mail.

Published on Friday, January 2, 2004

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