NARRATIVE & HEALING
The practice of expressive writing has long been associated with healing - in fact, the universal human potential for creative expression has always been strongly tied to health and wellness. Ancient thinkers like Aristotle argued that poetry allows us to explore reality within the boundaries of art, giving us space to reflect, learn and grow. More modern writers had similar beliefs. For example, Lewis Mehl-Madrona suggests in Healing the Mind Through the Power of Story that everything in the world (identity, self, meaning, purpose, world theories) is composed of story, and that writing shapes a more holistic understanding of the world. Indeed, writing and wellness have always been tied together. At Writing Saves Lives, we want to promote the efficacy of these ideas.
"Writing is a meditation: it settles the mind. It is a de-stressor: it releases tension. It is like a confessor who keeps your secrets safe. It is also a mood-changer, with the capability of making you happy. It is an outlet, for it helps you let go of your negative thoughts. It is creative, cathartic, curative. Quite simply, writing is beyond words."
We agree with his sentiment. Writing as a practice is deeply engaging, and allows us to heal by giving us a way to address the most complicated elements of the human experience - things like movement, laughter, creation, imagination, suffering, grief, despair, and beauty.
In his work Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Carl Jung states:
“[S]tories enrich our emotional lives and heal divided minds.”
At Writing Saves Lives, we hope to continue to spread this message, and help others understand the ways in which writing can allow us to more meaningfully engage with ourselves and the world around us, and in doing so, enhance our emotional depth and well-being.