Keeping a journal can help a cancer patient express deeply held feelings that may be too difficult to voice aloud, and help a patient to navigate a complex inner landscape that must be traveled alone. And starting a journal requires just a few minutes a day.
In today's hyper-caffeinated, attention deficit-disordered world, most of us long for a pause button powerful enough to stop more than just our electronic devices. Like our endlessly spinning hard disk of a brain, for example. Or the downward spiral of the economy.
It wasn't until I had crossed the threshold into motherhood that I came to understand the healing potential of writing. I needed all the coping strategies I could find to manage the overwhelming experience of new parenthood.
Even if you don't write, give journaling a try. Sit down and write whatever comes. There are no rules or boundaries. You don't have to approach journaling with any specific intention other than to offer yourself the outlet.
My primary guide on my journey to self-love has been the metaphysical text "A Course in Miracles." The Course is a self-study curriculum emphasizing practical applications for relinquishing fear in all areas of life.
Whether we're conscious of it or not, our work and personal lives are made up of daily rituals including when we eat our meals, how we shower or groom or how we approach our daily descent into the digital world of email communication.
Did you know that when you respond emotionally and behaviorally the same way, over and over again to the same situations, that your brain is actually wired to automatically create those responses -- good or bad?