It doesn’t matter who you are, we’ve all been beaten up and knocked down by this thing called life.
The degree will vary, of course, but each of us is in need of some level of healing from the bumps and bruises we’ve picked up along the way.
Maybe for you it was an emotionally-distant mother, or the death of a parent, or a relationship ending or a learning disability or poverty or injury or illness or bullying or any one of hundreds of other small and large tragedies that can befall us at any time.
The question then becomes this: how do we accept our experience, learn from it, and move towards healing and wholeness?
It’s a question that many of us wrestle with, myself included.
Pen to Paper
While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to fixing what ails us at the soul-level, one common characteristic of healing seems to consistently show up in my reading and research: a consistent journaling practice.
The benefits of journaling are extensive, including:
- stress reduction
- mood boosting
- problem solving and clarification
- resolving disagreements within yourself
- increasing self knowledge
- enhancing sense of well-being
- improving memory
- calming your mind and emotions
- a safe space to explore experiences and hard feelings
- strengthening your immune system
- promoting creativity
- enhancing gratitude and appreciation
- leaving a record of your experiences and emotions
…the list can go on and on.
The basics of effective journaling
An effective journaling practice is believed to enhance our mental health by guiding us towards confronting previously inhibited emotions, helping us process difficult and painful events, and even creating a coherent narrative surrounding our experiences.