As an inmate, you know how important freedom is. If you are reading this you are behind bars. If you are reading this you are in prison for things you may or may not have done. It does not really matter at this point in time. What matters is what you would do with your productive time. You can spend your time getting in touch with things you need to get in touch with or you can continue doing the things that you were doing before. It is your choice. You know where your choice can lead. If you want to truly experience real freedom, you have to understand that real freedom comes from within.
The real meaning of freedom
Did you know that a lot of people walk around in the “free world” but are actually in jail? That is right. They might not have concrete walls around them, they might not have steel bars in front of them, but the reality is that they are prisoners. They are prisoners of their biases, they are prisoners of their emotions and they are definitely prisoners of their ignorance. People often find themselves in abusive relationships, or jobs that they hate, or living lives that they do not really care for because they feel stuck. Unfortunately for most of these people there are invisible walls, there are invisible jails all around them and they hold the key, but throughout their lives day after day they never put in the effort to grab that key and turn the lock. The real meaning of freedom is having a free mind.
The real meaning of freedom is having a free spirit. When you write a journal from your cell block or from jail, you are basically exercising real freedom. You are claiming real freedom. You are working towards a free mind. If you free your mind and you are able to explore ideas, and explore emotions and places that you have never been to before, you are actually experiencing a higher level of freedom than other people in the “free world”. Seriously, most people are stuck in a rut. They live their lives the same day as the other. Eventually they are buried in a six-foot hole in the ground, and that is what they call their life. If you want something higher, even though you are behind bars, you have to seriously work hard at freeing your spirit and freeing your mind. The good news is that writing a journal is the first concrete step that you can take to real freedom. The good news is that it really does not take that much effort, only a few minutes every single day letting out what you are thinking about and exploring your emotions and writing them down can go a long way in you truly experiencing the full meaning of freedom.
Writing is a gateway to real freedom
Writing is a psycho-motor exercise. In other words, when you write your body is doing something and your mind is directing your body to do something. When you write you are basically centering your attention on a particular idea, and that idea is real because you can see it when you write something. This is a very powerful exercise. The more you do this, the more freedom you experience. Why? You turn your ideas into something you can see. You turn your ideas into something that you can read. More importantly, you turn your ideas into something that you can share with other people from all over the world, thanks to e-mail and the internet. That is how powerful writing is. You need to exercise your writing skills regardless of how much schooling you have or how much writing experience you have. Look at writing as a gateway to real freedom.
Express your emotions
At this stage in your life, you probably are experiencing all sorts of emotions. You are probably wondering why you ended up in jail. You are probably wondering why certain people look at you at a certain way. It is okay to feel those emotions, it is okay to feel them. It is okay to have those emotions run through your mind. What is not okay is for you to rehash those emotions day after day without you directly confronting them. When you write a journal, you go a long way in writing down these emotions and cataloging them. You are not judging them, you are just merely writing them down. The more you write them down the more you become aware of them. The more you become aware of them, the more you reach a point where you eventually can control them. That is how powerful a daily journal is.
Express your ideas
In jail, one of the biggest wasted resources that any society gives up is really the ideas of the inmates. Everybody has ideas. If you are alive you have ideas. Interestingly enough it only takes one idea to change the world. Unfortunately, society at large often tends to ignore the ideas of people that are in certain positions such as jail. When you write your ideas in your journal, you take part in all this. Your ideas become part of the greater set of ideas that are out there. Once you get released from prison, you can then take these ideas that you have written and share them with the world at large. You will never know, the idea that you may have had behind bars may just be the idea that can set the world free or set the world on fire. You have to remember that at lot of the most important people in the world wrote their ideas from behind bars. Who are these people? Apostle Paul, the person who wrote most of the New Testament in the Bible. Martin Luther King. Marco Polo. A lot of important ideas that shaped the world were written from prison. You are hardly alone. Celebrate your ideas. Write them down. These might be the ideas that can really help make everybody’s lives better. At the very least it gives your mind release, and it gives your mind the much needed exercise in crafting and communicating ideas.
No judgment and no hate
When you write a journal, there is no judgment. There is nobody hating you. There is no people judging you. It is basically and your ideas. You and the images that come to mind. When you write, you experience real freedom because a lot of the emotional baggage that you get when people say that your ideas may not work or they disagree with you, all of that goes away. Instead, it is just you and your ideas you meditating upon these mental pictures that you can write down and eventually share.
Track you progress overtime
One of the biggest advantage of inmates writing journals is that inmates can track the progress that they are making overtime. If you continue to write a journal and make it a part of your daily ritual, you can see improvements both in your writing, writing volume and also the ideas and information that you write about. If you keep at it over a long period of time, you can improve your skills and most importantly you can see personal progress in terms of your emotional well being, your stability over all and most importantly your spiritual balance. This is really what this whole exercise is all about. It is getting in touch with that piece of divine infinity locked within your being. We are all works in progress. We may have done things that we are sorry for, things that really did us harm, but at the end of the day it does not really matter. What matters is what we can become. When you write a daily journal, you get in touch with that sense of possibility. You get in touch with that sense of divine infinity that is locked within everybody.