Art Journal Therapy Activity #1 - Write Your Emotional Pain a Letter

Collage by Shelley Klammer
Collage by Shelley Klammer

 

This art journal directive offers a safe way to honor your "immature" emotions. By paying attention to the emotions that we are ashamed of and afraid of  - we "grow ourselves up" into emotional maturity.

 

Materials:

 

- Art journal and pen

 

- Magazines, scissors and a glue stick

 

Method:

 

Growing up Your Emotions

 

“Don't be scared of scars. They just tell stories that are hard to hear.”

 

~ Ashly Lorenzana

 

Voicing our raw, immature emotions can be destructive if we act them out in front of other people, and so they need to be expressed in a safe place, such as within a private journal writing process. Our negative emotions are always younger than our current age, formed at a time when we did not rationally understand the truth of life. 

 

It is common to try to force ourselves to feel and act more mature than we actually are. Because most of us are scared of the wild irrationality of our emotional life, we do not not ever let our emotions "grow up." Emotional growing pains are just as necessary as physical or mental growing pains. We experience emotional growing pains when we honestly admit to our immature emotions...