“Each of us is a book waiting to be written, and that book, if written, results in a person explained.” – Thomas M Cirignano…via http://couldronsandcupcakes.com
Pittsburgh author, muse in residence, and writing maven Gina Mazza used to do a marvelous workshop on intuitive journaling. I’d almost forgotten what a wonderful thing journaling is until I read the quote above on Nicole Cody’s marvelous blog “Couldrons and Cupcakes”.
Blogging has largely taken over the place that writing a journal had for me for decades…yes decades…before I started “Modern Oracle Tarot” blog over 5 years ago. I don’t know that I would have been able to get to where I am without it, really.
When we write, often it is with the intent of explaining, or influencing other people. Truth is, writing leads to self understanding as much, if not more, than to the understanding of others. In the Cirignano quote, the person explained is you explained to you, and no one else…no matter if you are writing for others to read, or in a private journal known only to yourself.
So what does a journal have to do with holistic health and stress reduction? Everything.
Sometimes one of the biggest causes of stress is feeling isolated, and alone even among the company of others. From cave walls to Twitter, the act of writing has always been for communication of one kind or another. Because of that intimate connection to communication, a journal eases stressful feelings of isolation. It doesn’t matter a bit if it actually communicates with someone else or not. A protected, private journal lets you talk to you. It lets ideas and feelings be free, truly free, with no judgement, or closing-off. That is a very healthy, healing thing.
From drawing in the dirt with a stick, to a document in the cloud, to the classic notebook and pen…I can’t think of a situation where keeping a private place to write whatever thoughts you like is a bad thing. I can’t think of any instance where I would recommend against it. Rule-free self expression is a marvelous thing.
A real journal has no rules, and is most effective when you let your guard down…like that old expression “dance like no one is watching”…write like no one is reading. Draw pictures. To heck with spelling, grammar and punctuation. Anything goes. It’s all good.
If you have ever kept a journal, you know exactly what this is all about. Today’s technology makes it easier than ever. You can password protect a blog, or a cloud document, and unless they are staring over your shoulder at the screen, no one could ever be the wiser to what you are doing. You look oddly productive tapping away at those keys, or with thumbs flying…you can legitimately saying you are doing work…work on your health and well-being. Letting your mind and heart soar on that electronic page is just exactly that.