I’m currently developing a series of online courses on different aspects of journal writing. I hear so often from people that they wish they could get more from their journalling, or that they’ve given up because they end up feeling worse after writing, or that they just get bored after a while and stop. Some of my clients have also been asking how they can incorporate journalling as part of their therapy process so that they can deepen their self-inquiry.
Healing happens through relationship, which makes sense because so much hurt takes place in the context of a relationship. Usually we think of relationship as meaning with another person, or an animal, or a spiritual entity. These are obviously vital to us as human beings. We need others in our lives to care for, to care for us in return, to help us to feel soothed and loved, challenged and regulated. We also need relationship with ourselves.
The journal is one place to build that relationship of connection through non-judgement and curiosity. It is so much more than a place to rant about pet peeves or to re-hash the hurts of the past. It is a living process that explores identity and meaning. It can be playful, and it can be practical. And it is a very effective way to win arguments with loved ones because you have an archive on record!
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