“Writing is the painting of the voice.”
The therapeutic benefits of writing
Voltaire was on to something. Writing is one of our outlets. Words, and how we use them to formulate sentences and express ourselves is a major part of our personal growth. The therapeutic benefits of writing, particularly when inspired by introspection, are powerful. Usually, our thoughts and feelings become tangled and incomprehensible. We may feel a certain way for a very long time, and never try to sort through it, or give a voice to it.
Writing about these emotion-fuelled thoughts allows the whole process to be truly realised and clarified. Sometimes, subconsciously, we drown out our inner selves, layering it with bullshit and denial. Focusing on unimportant issues that are hiding the real ones. Pretty soon, we find ourselves completely lost, unable to get a hold of what we really want and need in life.
Sometimes you just have to stop what you’re doing, look in the mirror, and promptly put pen to paper. (Or fingers to keyboard.)
Anybody who knows how to place letters together to form words can write. Thinking that you can’t write, for whatever reason, is complete poppycock. Think about it like this: If we had access to a tool which helps us discover our creativity and heighten our self-awareness, it’s certainly worth exploring, isn’t it? By allowing ourselves to be known to ourselves, we can maximise our overall efficiency (and happiness).
Writing is a personal, effective and intelligent form of venting and processing the things that happen to us in life. It’s a simplistic way for us to sharpen our understanding of our thought patterns, our emotions and ourselves as individuals.
Every moment in which we manifest self-growth, we become more powerful…
The underlining purpose of this blog, is to motivate you, the reader, to entertain the use of art as therapy. It may be, you already do this in some form or another, so you may know exactly what I’m on about. For those who have not yet explored an artistic outlet in their adult lives, I implore you to just try it. You might like it. You might be surprised with what you find.
“Through growing up, what I’ve discovered is that this world is a very vast, a very wonderful and beautiful one, and there are so many things to discover. But the most important journey I think all of us will go through, is the journey in ourselves. To find our truth. To find who we are and what makes us happy.”
– Cara Delevigne
Cara actually inspired this subject, and delivers a very powerful message on the pursuit of happiness. Cara Delevigne, who is a world-famous model, actress and celebrity, talks about her journey of self-discovery through the utilisation of writing therapy. During her 2015 Interview for Women In The World Summit, she shares with us her struggles with depression and learning disorders such as dyslexia. Even through her near debilitating disorders, she decided to persevere and teach herself how to write properly, express herself, and reach a place of enlightenment.
Luckily for us, this moving interview has been posted to YouTube, and is currently inspiring people to practice being honest with themselves, to accept themselves, and ultimately, to love themselves.
We came across this fantastic infographic on Introvert, Dear – How to Heal Yourself Emotionally Through Writing – and thought it was great, well worth including in this blog. Click on the image to see it full size.
Holistic Therapy Qualifications
At The School of Natural Health Sciences we want to encourage a state of mindfulness in all of our students. Being aware of our thoughts, and where they take us, is vitally important for our sanity. If the mind is not right, the body cannot follow.
Our Mindfulness course discusses many techniques to help manage stress and pain levels and improve relationships. This stand-alone course takes the student through to Meditation. However, Mindfulness is equally suitable for someone wanting to relieve depression or anxiety and improve relationships without wishing to practice formal meditation.