Write for Life: Healing Body, Mind & Spirit Through Journal Writing

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In Write for Life, we discover the healing power of our own narratives When we express our pains, our aches, our illnesses in writing it has the ability to mend-not just spiritually or emotionally but also physically Studies have shown that patients suffering from serious and chronic illnesses can find relief from their symptoms when they write about them Author and educator Sheppard Kominars, a lifelong journal writer himself shows us how the simple act of keeping a journal can...

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Overview

In Write for Life, we discover the healing power of our own narratives When we express our pains, our aches, our illnesses in writing it has the ability to mend-not just spiritually or emotionally but also physically Studies have shown that patients suffering from serious and chronic illnesses can find relief from their symptoms when they write about them Author and educator Sheppard Kominars, a lifelong journal writer himself shows us how the simple act of keeping a journal can improve your health.

In these pages you will find the tools you'll need to start keeping a journal including where to start, what to write about, and how to incorporate your journal into your healing process. The power to recover and heal is literally at your fingertips, and Write for Life reveals how to make the most of it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607144267
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/29/2010
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Sheppard B. Kominars, PhD, began teaching writing in 1956 at Washington College and has enjoyed a long career in higher education, consulting in health and education, and counseling. He has presented workshops at locations that include University of California at San Francisco Medical Center, Kenyon College, Stanford University Complementary Care Center, Kaiser Permanente, Cancer Center of the Desert, Kenyon College, Dignity International, Fifty-Plus for Seniors, Golden Gate Senior Center, The Heritage in S.F., Sequoias Senior Center, All Saints Church, and more.

A graduate of Kenyon College, Columbia University, and Boston University, Dr. Kominars has been a journal writer for more than fifty years and has written a previous book on recovery. More information about journaling for health can be found on his website at www.journaldoctor.com.

Frank McCourt (1930-2009) was born in in Brooklyn, New York, to Irish immigrant parents, grew up in Limerick, Ireland, and returned to America in 1949. For thirty years he taught in New York City high schools. His first book, Angela's Ashes, won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the L.A. Times Book Award. In 2006, he won the prestigious Ellis Island Family Heritage Award for Exemplary Service in the Field of the Arts and the United Federation of Teachers John Dewey Award for Excellence in Education.

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Table of Contents

Preface Richard G. Petty, MD vii

Foreword Frank McCourt ix

Introduction: Why Write a Journal? xiii

Part 1 Windows on Healing

1 Scientific Research and Writing Techniques 3

2 Survivors and Surviving 13

3 Journal Excerpts 23

4 Healing the Survivor 31

5 Expectations 43

Part 2 Initiating the Process of Journal Writing

6 Getting Started 57

7 Staying Started 69

Part 3 Exploring New Directions into Healing

8 Self-Caring 85

9 Food and Nourishment 93

10 Travel 103

11 Legacy Letters, Part One: Laying the Foundation 113

12 Dreams 123

13 Now and Zen 133

14 "Not Yets" 143

15 Legacy Letters, Part Two: Creating the Letters 153

16 American Indian Spirituality 163

17 Creativity 173

18 Work and Play 185

19 Meditation and Prayer 195

20 The Experience of Joy 207

21 Last Rights: Embracing Life and Death 217

22 Pilgrimage 231

23 Lifelong Journaling 239

Acknowledgments 257

Text Credits 259

Resources 261

Index 271

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