There are many ways to interpret the theme of Writing to Heal Yourself this month and I look forward to exploring them with you. In this post, we will focus how the physical act of writing has an enormous impact on our capacity to heal.
As Christina Baldwin, my mentor and first writing teacher, tells us, “journal writing is a voyage to the interior.” I’ll never forget walking into her classroom on the University of Minnesota-Duluth campus and almost bolting out of the room. I’d taken one step over the threshold and saw Christina was standing two feet away. She was handing out dark blue three-ring binder notebooks while explaining that we’d be writing our book from the journal entries we’d write during the course.
I didn’t run and my fate was sealed…my journals rich with content…awaited being polished and turned into published stories.
It could happen to you!
Writing is such a huge subject that we’ll narrow it down to talking about journaling right now in this post…specifically the act of writing in a journal as an on-going private conversation.
Consider scheduling time for yourself…perhaps at least 15-minutes every day to nurture you by writing in your journal. Maybe even bookending your day so that you record your thoughts in the morning and then reflect on the day in the evening.
Taking time to tap into my Creativity helped me get back to a sense of normalcy and balance after my breast cancer experiences. It doesn’t sound like anything dramatic, but the act of writing in my journal represented a very significant accomplishment. It meant that the threads of life before breast cancer and post breast cancer had not been completely unraveled.
It was “safe” to vent everything in my journal…from what I had to breakfast to the range of emotions and feelings I was experiencing…which might have been deemed inappropriate by some…but not my journal. We have an understanding, my journal and I, that nothing is off-limits when I need to have a conversation on paper.
Are you ready to explore writing’s healing properties and experiment with the journaling process? Pick up a pen and start journaling. Journal writing is a creative, empowering path to self-discovery and change.
Hop over to my Facebook page and let me know what you think of the experience.