Your words frame your life. Try re-wording, maybe even un-wording. No matter what happens to you, you don't have to let it become you.
The words in your head and the words in your mouth have power, have energy. Yet, how often do you examine your language? How often do you change what you say to change how your life goes?
Self-reflection through the written word can make a difference in your life. I have compiled some ideas on dealing with difficult issues. Also included are links to sources of help and encouragement that use writing as a tool.
While you are working on this, or any other sensitive subject, it is helpful to keep in mind who you can call on for support or help if you start to feel out of control.
The SOund of SOme FEelings
A Quick Guide to Making Changes
A SIMPLE WORK SHEET ON EMOTIONAL REACTIONS
WRITING ABOUT GRIEF AND LOSS
Feeling, Attitude, Emotion & Heart Words
Start your own exploration on various
aspects of the power of words:
Reference List From Various Researchers on Writing/Disclosure (Compiled by James Pennebaker)
Selected Reprints On-line from James Pennebaker
Why Writing Is Good For Your Health (Cheryl Dellasega)
Writing About Emotional Experiences as a Therapeutic Process (James Pennebaker)
What our words can say about us: toward a broader language psychology (James Pennebaker)
Linguistic styles: language use as an individual difference (James Pennebaker and Laura King)
Forming a story: the health benefits of narrative (James Pennebaker and Janel D. Seagal)
Some selected web sites:
Meditation In Action (excellent for dealing with pain from all sources)
Cochrane Reviews Search index by keyword (for example: PTSD)
Have fun finding other sites that provide resources and support for your own journey.
Share them with me, if you'd like.
Constance Lee Menefee