I can’t, in one post, give you a complete answer to the question “why journal”, because in my notes, on this single subject alone, there are over 7500 words, far too long for a blog post. So this post is just a list of reasons and summary sentences on the main benefits. In later posts I will expand upon them.
At first, creative journaling trains you to see beyond the cursory glance, to become aware of the details that envelop a scene, event or object. But to capture the holistic experience presented to you, you will need to see beyond detail. You will need to let your mind touch those observed details and with your minds-eye see its past, present and future, feel where it exists in the world, and draw on the emotive as well as that which is not present.
There is a massive amount of information and wisdom contained in the book about being mindful, about being aware and about countering mindlessness, all of which are key elements of creative journaling but unfortunately the writing style makes it a difficult read.
There is an essential component of any journal writing and that component is pleasure. This comes in three complementary flavours, first is the pleasure gained whilst making an entry, second is the pleasure derived whilst revisiting previous entries and the final pleasure that of feeling the creative spark ignite inside you as you revisit and recall your entries.
The starting point of creative journaling is learning to be aware, to actively pay attention to what your senses are telling you. The next stage is to learn how your perceptions are modified by your mind, and be active, not passive, in those perceptions. Finally, make use of these skills to be properly aware of the world that surrounds you.