In Denver last week I attended the Journal Conference 2008: The Power of Words. The two and half day conference, produced by Kathleen Adams, was attended by more than 350 people. I had a wonderful time, meeting many people who I had corresponded with over the years. The keynote speakers and breakout sessions offered lots of information. I recommend that you attend the next journal conference, if possible. There are rumors they will be another one in 2010.
During the next several newsletters I’m going to report what I learned from several of the speakers. The first article is about the opening lecture, by Christina Baldwin, author of a half a dozen books including one of the first books on journal writing published (1977), One to One: Self-Understanding through Journal Writing.
Christina gave a beautiful hour long presentation about the history of journal writing that exemplified her synthetic thinking.The second article is about Daily Pulse Notes and suggestions about how to best use them.
I hope you are enjoying your summer and finding some time to write in your journal, remembering the good times as well as the difficult times. Someone remarked at the conference that people often only write in their journals when their lives felt difficult—but wished that they wrote more often. Perhaps when you receive this newsletter, if you haven’t written in your journal recently, you’ll be reminded to write an entry summarizing the highlights of the previous month. Writing sometimes when you don’t feel compelled to write, but when a specific period of time has passed, will help create continuity in your journal.
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Christina Baldwin’s Presentation at the Conference–Restorying the World: How Journal Writing Can Heal the Future
Christina Baldwin’s focus is on story, about telling the story of our lives. Much of her presentation focused on the themes of her book,StoryCatcher: Making Sense of Our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story.
Baldwin’s main contention is that asking, telling, reflecting and understanding one’s story has profound power. She brings the story metaphor to everyone’s life: “We enter life as a blank page and leave as a full book.”READ MORE>>www.lifejournal.com/Christina_Baldwin
How to Effectively Use the Daily Pulse Notes
The Daily Pulse Notes are the text that you can add to annotate your Daily Pulse input. You can enter your Daily Pulse values daily by clicking the “Pulse Input” button on the application tool bar. Below the Daily Input slider, there’s space to write. Here are a few ideas to enter into that text box:
Notes about particular scales. For example, if you are tracking the number of hours that you slept and you slept only five hours, you might write that you slept only five hours because you had to catch an early plane flight. Or, under different circumstances, that you slept only five hours because you were awake worrying about your
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