I find that the practice of writing a journal as described by Park
does not differ from the old stoicism practice from two thousands years
ago where, as common practice for an old stoic was, to write every
morning and every night his reflections of the day he will be facing or
the day it has had or any other relevant experience or thought in his
I am not sure if Gibbs’ reflective cycle of experience is an attempt of putting a framework to a learning process or trying to copyright what any decent practitioner do and did on a daily basis for millenia. Sarcasm aside, the framework of learning from experience is a good base to articulate in a conscious way a learning process, however I think the process needs to be adapted to the discipline we are learning from as it is not the same writing collaborative academic or to do a photoshoot or dance tango or perform surgery.
"The meditations" of Marcus Aurelius or Seneca's "Moral letters to Lucilius" are great applied examples of both papers.