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Recently, Mari offered a free download of her book, 27 Days of Journaling to Health and Happiness, in exchange for an honest review. I love to keep a journal and am highly dependent on my morning meditation-- including journaling--to help me work through emotions, ideas, concerns, joys and inspiration. I've been filling notebooks since I was in high school and even wrote about it on my blog here. I love to write and was excited to give her book full of healing prompts a try.
Each day begins with a short introduction to the topic Mari wants to guide you through, then offers a series of prompts to help you process that day's topics. For example, Day 6 is titled: Declaw your fears by writing them down. The prompts include:
1.At the top of the page, write, "I am afraid that_______".
2. Under that statement, write the worst possible thing that could result from this fear coming to pass.
3. Then write, "It is______ percent likely that this will happen."
4. Write, "If this happened, here's what action I would take:_____________."
5. Then write, "I feel _______percent equipped to handle this if it came to pass."
The idea is to help you face your fears, find your strength, and take an honest and realistic look at your imagined "worse case scenario". The end result, hopefully, is to feel better equipped to handle your fears.By exploring various topics of health, emotions, and beliefs, the goal is to help get all the stuff swimming in your head out on paper, dig at it, and deal with it in a healthy, open manner.
My experience: Guided journaling is a lot like guided meditation or prayer. You can meditate without guiding thoughts, but sometimes it's nice to have a little direction. Likewise, if you're not in the habit of journaling or want to develop a habit and are looking to making this a New Year's goal, this book can help you get started with a variety of self-exploration prompts.
Since I have been journaling for the better part of 40 years, I prefer an unguided, free-flow of thoughts. But, as I worked through her book, I found the prompts led to other related thoughts that were, indeed, helpful to process.
If you're looking to start or restart a journaling habit, I recommend this book. For a Kindle price of $5.49, it's definitely worth the investment.
For more information on Mari McCarthy and her 27 Day Journal Challenge check out her website at http://www.createwritenow.com/.
But no matter how you do it, keep writing,