Whether you are trying to write your memoires, or simply attempting to remember the past, this journaling exercise will help. This will also help if you are going through a process of self-discovery, because memories play an important role in that journey.
This is a simple but powerful exercise. For the maximum results, do it for at least 10 minutes at a time, non-stop. That means, you must not stop writing. Write as fast as you can for 10 minutes straight.
There are only a few rules:
- Start each sentence with this phrase, “I remember…”
- Be as specific as you can. “I remember the smell of magnolias outside the house.”
- Don’t worry about being chronological. If a memory of when you were five is followed by a memory of when you were thirty-five, that’s fine. Your mind will make its own associations.
- Don’t force memories. Just keep writing “I remember…” even if you end up repeating your previous sentence. Go with the flow, and let your subconscious direct the pen.