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In the hectic whirl of our lives, it’s easy to lose touch with our deepest thoughts and feelings—with ourselves. This can leave us feeling adrift, unable to make healthy decisions, and cut off from our own innate wisdom.   


Yet when we give ourselves permission to regularly write down our thoughts and feelings, we can rediscover our best, true selves. In the pages of our journal, we can once again give voice to our unique spirit. Delighted, we realize that it hasn’t deserted us after all! It was only hidden beneath the clutter of a 21st-century life. And we find that journaling with intention can be an avenue to self-directed change and self-empowerment, and it can also help heal body, mind, and spirit.


Writing regularly in a personal journal (whether on paper or screen) allows us to capture our normally-fleeting thoughts, and so discover creativity, knowledge, and insights we didn’t know we had. People journal for any number of reasons, including:










 

Part of the beauty of journaling is that it is infinitely supple and adaptable. It allows us to choose and use those practices that work best for us. We can choose from the many practices developed by others, or we can create our own. Through the simple act of writing and “hearing” our voice on the page, we can enhance and expand our lives.


As a certified journal facilitator and long-time journal keeper, I know that journaling holds the power to change people’s lives, one sentence, one page at a time. In my work, I guide diverse audiences in learning how to harness that power for themselves.


My journaling workshops today include:

clarity

growth

healing

finding a voice

exploring dreams

developing intuition

expressing creativity

enhancing spirituality

envisioning the future

imagining possibilities

discovering a deeper self

navigating difficult times

understanding relationships

plus many more

“In moments of ecstasy, in moments of despair, the journal remains an impassive, silent friend, forever ready to console,

to confront, to contain, to cheer on. Its potential as a tool for holistic mental health is unsurpassed.”


-  Kathleen Adams, Journal to the Self