journaling

The Shift Key: The Key to Effective Journal Writing

Did you ever play office as a kid? I remember pretending to be a worker in an office with an old typewriter that we had. I’d set it up in our NY suburban living room on an Edward Wormley end table—not knowing how chic that little piece of furniture was….

Write for Emotional Balance

All kinds of people in different ways know that writing in journals helps cultivate emotional balance. Look at this diverse list: “We taught the diary as an exercise in creative will; as an exercise in synthesis; as a means to create a world according to our wishes, not those of…

Writing and Healing: Expressive Writing Helps in Multiple Ways

It all started in the 1980s when the professor Dr. James Pennebaker found in his landmark social psychology study that college students who wrote about emotional upheaval in their lives for 15 minutes during each of four consecutive days, visited the health service half as often as their counterparts who…

Class Offering Your Write Life: Journal to Optimal Living

I had the pleasure of  teaching a class, called Your Write Life: Journal to Optimal Living. The class is at en*theos Academy–and it consists of five sessions (one session per week). I’m excited about the format: You’ll listen to my recorded audio presentations on how to use journal writing to illuminate, focus,…

Improve Your Listening Skills with Journal Writing

In this past Sunday’s NY Times, the name of an article caught my eye, “The Art of Listening” by Swedish author Henning Mankell. To be honest, the art of listening is one that I’ve not mastered as fully as I’d like. I confess that in many conversations, I’m often quietly thinking one…

To Delete or Not Delete?

Sometimes people feel that a particular journal entry they have written is one that they never want to read  again. They want to burn it, rip it into shreds, and do away with it totally. I have a slightly different attitude:  I think that all of my writing–good, bad, beautiful…

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,…