What on earth is a guided journal? you may be wondering. We’ve all seen or bought lovely blank journals and some of us have several sitting unused on a shelf. (Guilty as charged!)
Blank pages waiting to be filled area little, well, intimidating.
“I don’t know what to write! I don’t even LIKE to write!” you may be thinking. Well, not an issue with a guided journal because each page is a writing prompt. It might be a question to answer, or a topic that you’re asked to say a few words about. But you don’t even have to write. In response, you can also draw, paint or even paste photos from magazines or mementoes and make a little collage of your own
Even people who think they’re not good at expressing themselves can respond to a prompt. What is a prompt? Here’s an example from A Guided Journal for Healing:
The two guided journals I offer at A Healing Spirit are specifically geared toward expressing ourselves as a way of healing.Let’s say you’ve been diagnosed with a serious or chronic illness. Maybe you’ve talked to friends and family about it so much you don’t want to say any more. Maybe you haven’t said much because you don’t want to upset them. This is the place to let it out. Because those feelings have to go somewhere. It’s not good to keep them bottled up.
This one, A Guided Journal for Healing, is for people who are sick–and applies to any disease. Expressing how you feel about your disease, your sickness is not only cathartic, it’s a helpful support to healing. The feelings you have about your disease won’t go away just because you don’t express them. The journal is a safe place to say it all. Many people say that giving voice to the full range of emotions they feel about being sick feels like a weight being lifted off their shoulders.
Whether you have Crohn’s or M.S., cancer or rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia or just about any disease that impacts your life, you have feelings about your health and maybe even about the lifestyle modifications you’ve had to make on account of it. This guided journal for healing is a safe and private place to get those feelings out. Here’s another example of a prompt from the journal:
Research studies have shown that the mind-body connection is real. One study found that women with breast cancer who wrote about their feelings–expressing the full range of emotions– had the fewest symptoms. Physical function was improved for kidney cancer patients who did expressive writing exercises, according to another. Scientists and medical professionals are finding that the mind is a powerful healing tool and writing about your feelings can help.
Are you or a friend undergoing chemo or any infusion treatment? That time can pass slowly. Why not use it to support healing?This compact journal slips easily in a purse or tote and is coil bound so it lies flat. So easy to use. And wouldn’t a journal and colorful pen be a thoughtful gift for someone undergoing treatment?
The book also offers healing meditations and activities to help you focus on your healing. Combined with our affirmation cards, found HERE, your efforts to engage the mind-body connection in support of healing is one positive thing you can do for yourself. Because science is discovering that there IS a mind-body connection and it can make a difference.
Either the affirmation cards found HERE or the guided journal found HERE or a set of both make a thoughtful gift for someone close to you who is in the process of healing. I designed them both so they’re easy to slip into a purse or tote and even bring to treatment. They can be helpful. Oh, and I’ve got the same thing for people who are grieving, HERE. Come explore the range of products for folks with disease, chronic pain, anxiety, grief and in treatment for cancer or other disease at A Healing Spirit.