Writing to Heal: How to Get Over It

Writing to Heal: How to Get Over It

Each and every single one of us has pain. We have troubles. We get confused and sometimes we make bad decisions. We get stuck. Some things we manage to get over, and other things seem to linger forever –– but they don't have to. Over the past decade of my career, one of the most frequently asked question, mostly by women, is how do I and how can they move on, get over their pain, and use it to make themselves stronger. For me, turning pain into power is natural, the way photosynthesis is natural in plants. It just happens. It has never occurred to me that being stuck was an option. It has never occurred to me that being perpetually angry, bitter, or wounded was ever an option. It took me a very long time to figure out that there are people in the world who actually live their lives in this state, people who wallow in shame and fear and judgment. These concepts have always been so foreign to me that it never occurred they weren't just as foreign to every other woman, too! In the past five years, I have realized just how much of an anomaly I am, and I wanted to do something about it. I wanted to create a series of guides and exercises, comprised of things I use and do to help me move right along after an emotional setback. 

Writing to Heal: The Concept

We've all heard that writing is cathartic. Well, this is more than a notion as studies have proven this to be true. These studies, conducted at universities around the world, show that when people write about a past traumatic experience for a minimum of 20 minutes a day, for a minimum of 4 days, they begin to heal themselves emotionally and even physically. It is recommended that the writer has had atleast 30 days to process the trauma before writing about it, and that he or she designates a quiet place to write. When this journaling is guided and written without rushing and with the use of open, honest, and affirming text, healing can begin.

Writing to Heal: The Quick Course

Using this concept, as well as the teachings and writing of Professor James Pennbaker, PhD, a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, I have developed, Use Your Words: Writing to Heal,  a Quick Course at Karrine & Co. The Academy, to help you get started with your mindful writing while on your journey to heal. Students are given brief,  comprehensive instructions on how to write their way to healing, plus, the ability to share their writing with me for a more guided approach.

Writing to Heal: 40 Mantras & Writing Prompts

Also available is my 40 Mantras & Writing Prompts. This is a simple workbook designed to help writers and healing souls, alike. I have chosen 40 of my most beloved mantras and organized them into a journal with plenty of writing and doodling space. The idea here is to write or draw whatever comes to mind when you read these mantras, drawing form your own experiences and need for healing. If you are a fan of The G3 School's 35 Self Care Mantras, you'll love taking this next step in bringing even more mantras to life and allowing them to prompt a flurry of healing writing and doodling.

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