Writing for Wellness

Living in a technologically-driven society and joining the movement for sustainability (i.e. paper and waste reduction, energy efficiency, renewable resources, and biodegradable, recyclable, eco-friendly products), it’s a wonder I even write anymore.

I cringe at the thought of wasted and unrecycled paper.

If we are going to cut down our trees – the Oxygen source, air cleaner, animal habitat, shade-provider, food source that they are – we need to be responsible about it!

But writing for Wellness is special.

This is more than just keeping a personal journal.

For starters, I am not sure about anyone else, but my first thought when I hear the word journal is “pouring out my emotions about a love interest.”

And for a while that’s exactly what journaling was for me.

Now, a blank book is just that; it’s an empty canvas for creation.

Writing has become more than an emotional outpour. It is a creative outlet, an informational medium, and an effective clearing of mental space.

In fact, I, like many others, have used writing in conjunction with meditation (See my post on Mindfulness and Meditation for beginning a meditation practice).

When writing for Wellness, dreams are dreamt, goals are formed, plans begin execution. Our inner most thoughts and desires start to manifest in simple terms.

And if you review your writing, you may see a pattern of thought or a persistent calling for you to take action in an area of your life.

Have you ever thought of yourself as a writer, an author, a poet, or a literary artist? Put pen to paper and jot down whatever passes through your mind. Express yourself. Who knows what you may find.

If writing hasn’t become a part of your Health and Wellness Journey, I recommend you find some time each week to jot down a few pages of your ideas, even if you are sketching/drawing/doodling.

Need some ideas to begin writing? Here are some meditative prompts for your consideration:

  • What does “having a good life” mean to you?
  • Do you pursue your hobbies with as much effort as you would like? What are some plans that you can put in place to begin or further your pursuit?
  • How is your health?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • List all the things you are grateful for.
  • List all the ways you show yourself compassion.
  • List all you need for Wellness.

May you uncover a beautiful gem in your writing.

📸: Brad Neathery

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