Finding Joy in Your Writing Practice

If you’re anything like me, you probably find that much of your writing has come from the intense moments in your life. I look through an old pile of journals and read about long-forgotten heartbreaks, about loss and trauma, and other charged moments. There is a reason for this.

Our attention naturally drifts toward areas of disturbance.

Think about it. You may not often notice your ears or your left pinky finger, for example….until it’s disturbed by pain or another sensation. As long as there is no disturbance, things generally go unnoticed.

Writing for healing is much like this. If I just try to write about whatever comes up, I might write for days (and even for years) about trauma and about all the things that are, or have been, disturbed in my life.

It’s not because most things are bad. In fact, they’re not. The disturbances are only a small part of my experience. It’s just that my unfocused attention will naturally go toward them.

So how do I bring joy to this type of writing practice?

How do I bring attention to the undisturbed parts of life and appreciate the subtle moments of joy?

It requires a conscious effort and focused awareness. It requires the discipline to transform negative statements into positive ones.

I could write, “I am not broken.”

Or joyfully, I could write, “I am whole. I am enough. I am perfectly aligned with my purpose in life.”

I could write about how I have been hurt.

Or joyfully, I could write about the strength I have gathered, the lessons I have learned, and my personal power to transform my life.

I could write about how my life has been disturbed.

Or joyfully, I could write about the stillness and love that permeates the quiet spaces in my life.

Joy requires a shift in our awareness.

Writing for healing is asks us to sift through disturbances until we can arrive at joy. And then, in that silence, it asks us to notice how we feel.

I am working to create the space where joy can emerge. I am taking the writing and healing process to joyful new levels.

Because the purpose of healing is ultimately to return to joy.

And you? Is your healing practice bringing you closer to joy?

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