journal writing

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…

Write often and in your own voice

The concept of keeping a journal is relatively simple.  You just write. Right? But what makes your journal ever so more meaningful and important to you is that you: Write often. In your own voice. Peeking below the surface. About important stuff. How do you do that?  Consistently.  Playfully? Seriously!…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I have warm memories of Valentine’s day as a kid. My father would bring home three heart-shaped boxes filled with chocolate: A large one for my mother, and two smaller ones for my sister and I. As an adult I never bought into the commercial gifts of Valentine’s day–the little…

The Benefits of Journal Writing

Why do people keep journals? How does keeping a journal add to your life? My sense was that each person would have a unique answer to that question. But I wanted to find out myself, so I decided to ask a group of people who keep diaries. I’ve created a…

No time to write? Sure you do!

TIME: We often feel like we don’t have enough of it, and certainly not enough to spend on writing.  In the last two webinars that I’ve co-hosted–one with Sheila Bender and another with Sue Meyn–both included discussions about time and journal writing. During the webinar series about writing personal essays,…

Inauguration day!

The word “inauguration” is vibrating in my brain. Inauguration, inauguration.  Such a strange word; it doesn’t really flow easily off the tongue.  I wondered if the word “augur” was the root of the word, and found that indeed it is.  “Augur” is a divination, an omen, or a forecast.  So…