Journal Captures “Divine Serendipity”

Just a quick note to let you know that we have a new recording of journal writer, Owen Swain, who has told us how keeping a journal has benefited his life.  Here’s a snip from his conversation that I particularly enjoyed: “I guess what’s one of the biggest surprises for…

A Tip about Intense Emotional Writing

Yesterday evening, Beth Jacobs and I completed the last of the four-session webinar, Writing for Emotional Balance.  I, personally, found the webinar to be really informative.  If you are anything like me there are times when you use your journal to er, um, er… shall I say FULLY express your…

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Just a quick note that LifeJournal now has a page on Facebook!  www.facebook.com/lifejournalsoftware. Come visit!  Click the “Like” button!

Accepting emotions

I am learning a lot during the webinar that Dr. Beth Jacobs is offering. The four session webinar is called Writing for Emotional Balance.  (She’s the author of the book Writing for Emotional Balance.) Last night, the second of a series of four sessions, Dr. Jacobs spoke about acceptance of…

Can’t see the forest for the trees?

When I write in my journal, I usually write about what’s in the forefront of my mind, what in Anais Nin’s words is “warm, vivid, and near to you at the moment.”  Perhaps I describe how my husband/co-worker/sister is agreeable or annoying or aloof.  About what went right today–or what…

Writing for Emotional Balance Webinar

About a year ago I read the book Writing for Emotional Balance. I was impressed. There are plenty of books about journal writing that I’ve read, and sometimes, I feel like they are re-hashing of similar material.  But this book was different from any that I’ve read. The author, Beth…

Invest in Yourself!

You don’t need me to remind you about the challenging times we are living in. The question I pose is: What is the best strategy to make your way through these challenging times?  What can you invest in now to help you prosper in the future? My answer: now, more…

Welcoming Marlene Schiwy to the Talking Page

I read Marlene Schiwy’s book A Voice of Her Own: Women and the Journal-Writing Journey years ago. She writes with real depth and clarity about journal writing. As I thumb through the book that usually sits on a shelf beside my desk I find these inspiring quotes: “Like the ground…

Journaling Rituals

Dr. Jamie Pennebaker (psychology professor at University of Texas) has done extensive research about expressive writing. He investigated the conditions that help enhance the expressive writing process and found that creating a writing ritual was very beneficial. Being focused, non-judgmental, and connected to your interior world fosters deeper writing–but it’s…

Yoga:Body::Journal Writing:Life

Remember those SAT word analogies?  X relates to Y like A relates to B, or in some kind of obscure notation,  X:Y::A:B (Here’s one  to help wake up that corner of your brain… cat:meow::pig:oink.) A couple of nights ago as I was working hard to maintain the revolving triangle pose…