I Don’t Know What I Think Until I Write It Down

I attended a women’s retreat on the banks of beautiful Flathead Lake yesterday. About sixty of us discussed spirituality in all its loose forms and how we might demonstrate our personal beliefs in daily life. I was struck by the importance of writing in the process. We wrote letters to ourselves to be opened at next year’s retreat, and time to journal was built into the schedule.

As soon as I could print, I recorded my thoughts and feelings on paper.

Journal photo

I’ll reread all my old journals one day, and for that implausible reason I can’t bring myself to burn or toss them. All those intimate self-revelations are part of me. Truthfully, sometimes I don’t know what I think until I write it down.

One Saturday among women from all backgrounds reinforced my belief that my writing today started with journaling. My work represents far more than stories. It represents what I have to give back.

~ Ann

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One thought on “I Don’t Know What I Think Until I Write It Down

  1. My research for writing “Write Your Self Well…Journal Your Self to Health” led me to the real benefit of journaling. The release of emotions that we store in our bodies can be released onto the page and so become objective rather than subjective in our consciousness. James Pennebacker, Ph.D, a psychologist and author at University of Texas at Austin did the basic research into the effects of expressive writing and found that writing about our emotions result in reducing blood pressure, strengthening our immune system, reducing stress and can even improve relationships. Once you get this ‘stuff’ out of your body and onto the page, it releases stress and allows healing the emotional trauma that we have experienced. Expressive writing is great stuff.

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