therapeutic 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….

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…

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…

Write in your Journal: Defrag your brain!

I was recently talking with Kay Adams, the author of Journal To The Self and the director of The Center for Journal Therapy.  She had a wonderful analogy about journal writing that will make total sense to anyone who uses a computer.  When she writes in her journal she feels…

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…

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…