Ask people why they don’t write and many will tell you they don’t know what to write or they are scared of what to write. Yet writing is as ancient as man is and as significant as life is. Writing does not just help you to clear your mind (which is in itself therapeutic), it helps you to hear and to trust your voice more.
Therapeutic writing is the kind of writing you do which is not for approval, not for likes, not for retweets but just to express yourself. With this kind of writing, you will be able to reach deeper to unexpressed emotions and feelings and be able to connect to things you have always wanted to do but have been too scared to do
Writing is just a simple act of putting pen to paper or simply using the computer to write. People’s fear, however, borders on being liked, being accepted, being awarded, being validated, and fulfilling expectations and standards thereby sacrificing a lot of peace and meaning that could have been found.
My point is that writing can change your life. Everybody writes, everybody is a writer but not everybody will win the Nobel Prize for literature or the Pulitzer Prize. Therapeutic writing is informal writing done without rules and regulations and not targeted at any audience or appraisal. It is a writing that connects you with yourself and gets you closer to who you are.
When you write, something begins to happen. You begin to hear your voice more than before. The moment you begin to hear yourself more, you trust yourself more, and then you are empowered to lead yourself more. Thousands upon thousands of thoughts go through your mind every day. Your mind is like a busy highway with thousands of cars traveling on top speed. Therapeutic writing helps you to track the important thoughts that go through your mind. Writing transforms the way you look at yourself and others. So there is huge transformative power in keeping diaries or journals or jotters. It is quite characteristic of highly successful people.
Keeping diaries, journals, or jotters can be much more important than publishing a book because these instruments connect you better to your thoughts, feelings, and desires.
How to engage in writing to find meaning
Your daily job may not have anything to do with writing, but writing emails, text messages, memos, or other forms of correspondence are unavoidable at work. You will write more convincingly when you have been able to recognize and trust your voice over time. The practice is cost-effective and quite simple. There are cognitive benefits to writing by hand than there are in typing.
Go somewhere quiet where you won’t be distracted and just write the things that come to your mind without judgment without checking your errors, your spellings, your language or idioms. You just write whatever comes to your mind. You write about anything and any thought that comes to your mind. Just anything. The therapy works when you write every day without fail.
You can do a month of therapeutic writing. Write every day for 30days without fail and I can assure you that your life will be immensely transformed. Write not for any one’s applause or approval. Write to simply connect with yourself. Write to find your voice. Write to trust your voice. Write to find your meanings and to transform your life.
It may be difficult at first but don’t stop. Go ahead and put a pen to paper today and watch your life immensely transformed.
You must have noticed something. Authors who have written several books usually have a resonating and recurring theme in all their books. It happened out of finding their voice and their meaning.