“I write because I am alone and move through the world alone. No one will know what has passed through me... I write because there are stories that people have forgotten to tell, because I am a woman trying to stand up in my life... I write out of hurt and how to make hurt okay; how to make myself strong and come home, and it may be the only real home I'll ever have.”
― Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within
Journaling is the art of sacred writing. It means taking the time to sit down and explore the world around you and your place in it. Many, when they think about journaling, remember back to the diary of years ago. And what if you took that diary now and opened it up? What if you looked inside and saw the person you were before? What lessons have you learned? What hopes and fears did you express?
Writers have long known the benefits of writing:
1. Writing = happiness: writing, a form of expression, allows us to explore our life in a therapeutic way.
2. Writing encourages better thinking and communication: Being able to write down your thoughts and feelings opens up the ability for you to express yourself in other settings as well.