Guided journals are rather new on the scene. We’re all familiar with blank journals — like me, you may have several that you intend to fill but never get around to.
* Research shows expressing feelings helps *
But guided journals aren’t blank.. They contain questions and activities that help with either grief or healing, depending on the journal. The idea is that by expressing how you feel about an illness or a loss, you become more able to deal with these things. You transform them, in a way. There’s scientific research behind this for healing, too. Breast cancer patients who wrote about their feelings had fewer symptoms and cancer-related doctor visits. And, as any cancer warrior will tell you, that’s a good thing.
Not just true of cancer, either. There are so many debilitating chronic diseases and feelings surrounding them: fibromyalgia, IBS, Crohn’s, M.S. and others. And maybe you’re not comfortable sharing difficult emotions, or continuing to share them. Or feelings about a loss. I wanted to provide products and services that support people in difficult life situations, and that’s why I started A Healing Spirit.
* But you don’t have to write! *
No writing necessary! Nope. No writing is required in our guided journals. How can that be?
You don’t have to write in them–my favorite way to use a guided journal is to make a mini-collage, using mementos, photos, stickers and words or pictures I cut out of magazine. You can also draw, paint or use pastels if you’re artistic.
They make a beautiful gift for a close friend who’s going through something difficult.
Since guided journals are so new, I thought I’d do a short video about how to use them. Here it is. Oh, and please, try not to laugh at my terrible art. I am so NOT talented in that way! And if at the end, you want to learn more about my guided journals, click any of the links in this post. Thank you!