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...

Journaling: Closing the Gap Between Words and Experience

Journaling is a creative practice. For me, that practice centers on training my mind to observe and interpret the world around me in healthy and truthful ways. By healthy, I mean in ways that cultivate wellbeing for myself and others. By truthful, I mean in ways that...

Transformative Journal Writing

Not too long ago, immediately prior to the pandemic, I started to lose interest in journal writing. It was an unwelcome but persistent feeling. My body, it seemed, would not relax in it as it used to. I have kept journals and notebooks for three decades. After all...