First I have to confess a little something. Although there were many years when I had a solidly devoted daily writing practice, as in writing daily in my journal about whatever I needed to move out of my busy brain and consciousness, to make room for something a little better…until recently, it’s been awhile.
After I wrote my book “Recovering Beauty: Sacred Rituals To Clear Emotional Weight” in 2008 I took a little break. I was spent, drained, and could not face the idea of writing. I had also been regularly cranking out weekly newsletters and tons of rewrites on copy for my website and the last thing I felt like doing was writing longhand in my journal.
Still.. I know the power of a certain type of writing having practiced it for so long and so it is one of the essential pieces that I ask my clients to do in their work with me. And truthfully, it’s something that makes the biggest difference with virtually every client I’ve worked with
Here is what I know deeply in my heart and mind, through years of experience in working with women who want to stop eating in ways that hurt them
Nothing moves energy more powerfully than a daily writing practice. The way I see it, thoughts and emotions and experiences get stored in our bodies, our tissues, our neural-networks and over time all of that stuck stagnant stuff makes mischief. It’s weight for one thing. When you are chronically worried about the same things, or struggling with patterns that don’t clear, relationships that left you with wounds that don’t heal..you must have a way to move out those energies so that you can move forward.
We all know too well that feeling of being weighed down, mired in the past, lugging around things that settle without ever getting neutralized. It’s essential that you find a daily way to move it out. I always say it’s like emptying the trash in your kitchen. Every day. You wouldn’t think of letting the trash build up (would you?), it’s a daily thing that needs to be dealt with, moved out so you can have a clean fresh kitchen. So your body and mind and energy field are the kitchen. And writing is an effective and simple way to take out the proverbial trash that’s been festering for heaven knows how long…not pretty.. not healthy.. not necessary.
And yes, I can hear you protesting or wanting to skip reading the rest of this post because virtually nobody wants to write when I present this concept. Maybe this will inspire you …my clients who do the best with letting go of weight are the ones who fall in love with their daily writing practice. It’s true, I swear.
For one thing, I’ve always believed you can’t just stop compulsive behaviors you have to trade up. So writing in a journal can become a very worthy substitute for compulsive eating. It’s addresses things at the source. Feeling antsy, uncomfortable, like you can’t stand being in your own skin? Or not sure why you’re suddenly wanting to eat a carton of something frozen while standing directly in front of the freezer.. out of the blue? Write through it.
Mostly I am suggesting that you make writing a daily ritual, at a specific time of day, I like mornings, but you can do what works for you. And as you’ve probably heard me say before, don’t try to make it the pretty, reflective kind of writing. This is essentially a purge. Think more in terms of letting yourself “vomit” whatever is on your mind, whatever you need to clear, out of your body and onto the pages. What is so powerful about this is that you are physically moving the energy from one container (your body) to another (the page)..you actually put it someplace else.. it’s gone. This works very well and over a number of days and weeks you will absolutely feel the shift into lightness, clarity, and the inspiration and creative flow that can now find you without all the old “trash” that used to be there.
This has to be done every single day. It’s the momentum, the ritual, the rhythm of it that makes the magic, don’t take shortcuts. My own writing practice got serious after I read Julia Cameron’s classic “The Artist’s Way”, one of the most beautiful books ever and one of my top 10 favorites. When you want to change a deeply ingrained pattern, habit, addiction.. you absolutely must adopt some new ones to help move it out. You have to add things, not subtract.
This is a ritual that will serve you beautifully in so many ways. It will let you know yourself in new ways, discover themes that are important for you to be aware of, and most importantly learn to take your needs and feelings and insights more seriously. This really is a sacred practice, and one I hope you will fall in love with.
I have returned to my daily practice of writing 3 pages longhand every single morning for about 2 months now. I forgot how much I loved the actual writing and how well it served me. It takes me about a half hour to do the writing each morning but I promise you, it’s time well spent. I have solved so many problems, found so much creative inspiration, connected to such beauty, and moved out all sorts of emotional weight that wasn’t supporting me. It can do the same for you.
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With great love from my heart to yours,