Who’s Writing Your Story?

“We are the first generation bombarded with so many stories from so many ‘authorities,’ none of which are our own. The parable of the postmodern mind is the person surrounded by a media center: three television screens giving three sets of stories; fax machines bringing in other stories; newspapers providing still more stories. We are saturated with stories; we’re saturated with points of view. But the effect of being bombarded with all of these points of view is that we don’t have a point of view and we don’t have a story. We lose the continuity of our experiences; we become people who are written on from the outside.” Sam Keen

The Evidence of the Power of Writing Your Story

Brenda Stockdale writes about the power of writing.

Expressive Writing for Your Health
Expressive writing therapy offers health benefits for cancer patients, a recent study suggests. Researchers at Harvard Medical School found that expressive writing may boost mental and physical health in patients with cancer. In this study, patients had significant health benefits by writing their deepest feelings and thoughts for 30 minutes every day. Positive results were seen as soon as after four consecutive days. Other research suggests that for the writing to have optimal benefit, one must feel free from censure. While gratitude journals have an important place in healing, for the utmost benefit, writing whatever is on one’s mind is of primary importance. For full expression, feel free to shred what’s been written. The most important thing is to do it.