"Write hard and clear about what hurts."
- Earnest Hemmingway
Regular writing practice is a form of self-therapy to explore your thoughts and feelings through words. A good way to explore verbal self-expression is to practice daily journal writing.
Expressive journal writing can elucidate problematic thinking patterns and illuminate beliefs that are not serving you.
To begin expressive journaling relax your body, and close your eyes. Empty your mind and place your attention within. Simply wait. As your thoughts come into your head and write them down without worrying about whether they make sense.
Do not censor. No thought is irrelevant. You can choose to write fast so you do not have time to think about what you are writing, or write very slowly allowing each thought to arrive from your depths.
Benefits of Expressive Journal Writing:
1. Discover and a have a safe place (your private journal) to express your authentic voice.
2. Clarity your thoughts and feeling to deepen your connection to your inner world.
3. Know yourself better. Through daily expressive writing you will become clear about who you are and be able to better discern what situations and people feel toxic to you.
4. Release painful emotions. Writing about intense thoughts and feelings helps to release them and to reduce stress.
Expressive Journaling Tips:
Buddhist and writer Natalie Goldberg explains a daily intuitive writing practice to inspire the growth of your authentic voice:
1.) Lose Control. Say what you want to say. Do not worry if it is polite, correct, or appropriate. Just let it rip.
2.) Be specific. Don't muddy your language with generalities.
3.) Don't think. Write down your first thoughts. Go with what first flashes in your mind.
4.) Don't worry about punctuation, spelling and grammar.
6. Be free to write the worst junk.
7.) Go for the jugular. Write about what is scary, that is where the energy is, otherwise you spend all of your time writing around what makes you nervous.