Last week I focused on a book near and dear to my heart, The Artist’s Way, and previewed a few writing prompts I gleaned from each chapter.
Today I will do the same with Brene Brown’s bestseller, The Gifts of Imperfection.
While Expressive Journaling is deeply personal, there are times when we need a bit of help discovering a topic or emotion to unravel. There are three books I have used extensively to help develop writing prompts for just this purpose: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron; Life is a Verb by Patti Digh; and The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown.
Over the next three weeks I will illustrate how I develop personal writing prompts from these three sources. Hopefully these will help you create your own writing prompts from special books in your personal library.
Expressive Journaling is the brainchild of Dr. James Pennebaker of the University of Texas, Austin. This differs from other types of journaling because it focuses on Emotions and Feelings rather than detailing events, thoughts, or reactions to circumstances.
Pennebaker’s writing prescription is simple:
Write your deepest feelings about an emotional event in your life for 15-20 minutes a day for four consecutive days.
Last week I offered several different journaling methods with a Christian focus. This week I will offer a few spiritual journaling practices that are not religious specific.
While the Wellness Wheel and the Spiritual Compass provide excellent journaling prompts, there are several other Spiritual Journaling techniques I have found useful. Some of these methods have a specific Christian focus (this week’s post), while others are a bit more generic (next week’s topic). Hopefully these ideas will help you in your journaling practice.