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A Secret to Journal Writing with Passion: Surrender!

Do you sometimes feel that you’re just going through the motions with your journal writing? Do you wish you could experience breakthroughs at every writing session? Dr. Carla McElhaney, avid journal writer, pianist, and coach (www.carlamcelhaney.com) offers this advice about how surrendering to the writing process helps bring creative and…

Journal Entries as Op-Ed Articles

Many of us skim the headlines and the first few paragraphs of a news article to stay up to date with the current events.  But we often turn to the op-ed page to learn from people who we consider more knowledgeable than we are and whose values are aligned with…

Funerals and weddings and other journal-writing-trigger events

My 86 year old mother and I flew up to New York City to attend the funeral of her best friend, Judy. Not only was Judy my mother’s best friend, but she was also my second mother from the time that I was three years old. My siblings and I…

End of year journal review

I find it enlightening to re-read my journal entries near the end of a year.  The first thing I try to do–besides clearing a few hours of time by myself–is to start with an open, compassionate mind.  I know–that is not always easy! Make sure that you can be genuinely…

Journal Your Way to Personal Meaning–Teleclass with Eric Maisel

If you are looking to create greater meaning in your life– to move away from a life of going through the motions to finding a more fulfilled life with a true sense of purpose– join Eric Maisel in a free teleclass “Journal Your Way to Personal Meaning.” In this one…

Interview with Gabriele Rico TOMORROW, October 29

On Thursday, October 29th at 8 PM Eastern (7 PM Central, 6 PM Mountain and 5 PM Pacific) there’s an hour long live telechat with Gabriele Rico.  Dr. Rico developed the  “clustering” technique while working on her doctoral dissertation at Stanford University.  Clustering is a writing tool that reliably transports…

The International Association for Journal Writing:www.IAJW.org

I have some terrific news for all journal writers:  The International Association for Journal Writing (www.IAJW.org) is a new membership website that brings together 30 journal experts (the Journal Council) to help you enrich and deepen your journal writing. And, with time, you’ll be enjoying a more enriched and more…

A Post about Journaling as a Form of Meditation

I enjoy reading the Daily OM. There was a post they ran two days ago,  Mapping the Inner Journey that I thought was  an interesting perspective–viewing journal writing as a form of meditation, an active meditation. I agree there are many parallels between the two activities.  I wonder if any…

The Dilemma of the Memoir

There are a couple of articles in the NY Times in yesterday’s and today’s paper about dilemmas that crop up with writing memoirs. The first article,  A Mother’s Memoir, A Son’s Anguish is about the memoir, The Lost Child: A Mother’s Story.  Author Julie Myerson has written about her son’s…

Journaling and Centering

Many people start with a calming or centering ritual before they write.  However, I’ve noticed  that at times—most recently when I awoke at about 3 AM and couldn’t go back to sleep—that the process went in the other direction. I awoke for no particular reason that I was aware, but…