Journal Writing: Training for the Mind

In previous articles, I proposed that journal writing is a tool to train the mind. The purpose of that training is to learn to observe and interpret experience in healthier and truthful ways. Of course, there are many ways to improve the mind, including mindfulness,...

Beyond Productivity

Productivity. It’s an assumption now. Exalt efficiency. Set goals. State priorities. Make schedules. Complete tasks on time. Get things done. Do more with less. Be productive. Productivity is not just an assumption in society, it’s an effective strategy...

Journal Writing: A Space for Creative Exploration

In this series, I’ve explored some of my approaches to journal writing. Journaling is a basic part of my creative practice. I have kept personal journals, notebooks, and scrapbooks for thirty years. My approach to journal writing has evolved over the years....

Journaling: Encountering Demons of Your Own Conjuring

We live in troubling times. The liminal surround of the Covid-19 pandemic threatens physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. Even before the pandemic, modern-day rubes spread divisiveness and deception as public policy. All the while, the climate crisis looms in the...

Journaling: Why You Should Avoid Using Prompts

It’s easy to find journal writing prompts on the Internet. The notion is that a writer can use prompts as a surrogate for their own ideas about what to write. This implies that the end goal is to write, even when the ideas do not come from within. However, writing is...