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Journaling with Joy(ce Chapman)!

JT_JoyceChapman_readingYou can hear my enthusiasm in the intro of this week’s episode, because it’s a profound pleasure to have Joyce Chapman finally appear on JournalTalk.

Joyce’s history and wisdom in Journal-writing goes back further than anyone else I’ve met. And she summarizes all of it in single sentence: “Journal to know yourself.” She’s convinced that sticking with the practice will always lead you back to “who you want to be when you grow up.”

A teacher, author of multiple books and workbooks, keynote speaker, and a personal coach, Joyce has loves to infect others with her aura of magic in the possibility of possibility itself. I enjoyed hearing how she speaks with children about journal-writing, and her simple (but profound) journal writing prompt for all ages.Chapman_Book_Photo_Journaling4Joy

Exclusive Offer for JournalTalk Listeners:  Joyce has made available this free download, entitled “Tap Into Your Inner Knowing”, — a chapter from her book, Journaling for Joy — as her gift to you, and an invitation to learn more about her work. (JournalTalk, Episode #80, July 27, 2016)

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Fantasy Journaling (Part 3 of 3)

Anne Marvin on JournalTalkPart three of our series in fantasy journaling features Anne Marvin‘s concept of finding truth in fantasy — finding out what you really want, by exploring the worlds of fantasy and make-believe.

Anne has a background in federal nuclear weapons policy, but confesses she also enjoys “deep thoughts while reading vampire porn.” Her blog is loaded with tips that help us detach from the mundane day-to-day, and re-connect with stories that elicit passion and inspiration.

Many paths can help us access the fantasies from our deeper subconscious. In this conversation with Anne, we discuss how fictional characters and situations can guide us along those paths. If you are an avid reader or movie-goer, you’ll enjoy the journal-writing techniques Anne shares in this interview. (JournalTalk, Episode #78, July 13, 2016)

For more journal-writing tips inspired by the world of fiction, please be sure to check out my interview with Danielle Hanna in episode #46.

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Fantasy Journaling (Part 2 of 3)

JournalTalk_NathanOhrenHave I got a story for you.

In the previous episode, I introduced the concept of “fantasy journaling” — writing in a private diary, about events that never actually took place, as if they had.

In this episode, I’m joined by my friend, “Janet-from-another-Planet” as I share about the most interesting and extreme version of fantasy journaling I could find: A stay-at-home housewife and mom of four sons is writing letters to her high-school sweetheart, in order to keep in touch, and to help her cope with an oppressive marriage.  Only, she never sends the sends the letters; she burns them every week.

If you need a little inspiration for keeping a journal, this might be the most haunting and bizarre example. Yet it demonstrates just how journal-keeping can serve as a ladder to help elevate people from being stuck in their circumstances. (JournalTalk, Episode #77, July 6, 2016)

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Fantasy Journaling (Part 1 of 3)

Nathan_JTLogo_01 copySweeping through my boxes of old journal books, I happened upon a passage that I wrote in college — a detailed account of a semi-erotic interaction with someone on whom I had a secret crush.

Wait a minute, I thought, as my neurons raced to retrieve my inner journal logs for comparison, I don’t remember this ever happening!

After reading a few pages, and with a giant grin, I realized that I had written out a fantasy. And it made me stop to consider the value of such an exercise, which I share in this three-part series of JournalTalk.

Exclusive Offer for JournalTalk Listeners:  For a limited time, Nathan is offering JournalTalk listeners a full week of customized journal-writing exercises, tailored for their unique concern or situation. Get details here. (JournalTalk, Episode #76, June 29, 2016)

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Julianne Victoria on JournalTalk

Metaphors for Spiritual Growth

Julianne Victoria on JournalTalkYou don’t have to believe that Dorothy Gale was a real Kansas farmer’s niece, or acknowledge the existence of a magical Munchkinland in order to gain insights and inspiration for finding your own (yellow-brick) path home. Similarly, you can draw upon a number of powerful images and stories to deepen your spiritual journey, without committing to a belief in their scientific truth.

My guest this week, Julianne Victoria, offers a variety of domains, rich with symbolic references, from the animal kingdom to a deck of tarot cards, as potential sources for reflection, and the prompting of our inner wisdom. Julianne is author of The Butterfly Journal, both a book and a yearlong course designed to guide one through the magic of personal metamorphosis. I enjoyed many components of this fascinating discussion with Julianne:

  • Using the stages of a caterpillar’s metamorphosis to butterfly as a metaphor for growth, change, and taking responsibility for one’s circumstances.
  • Drawing from the imagery and interpretation of tarot cards to deepen insight.
  • Connecting with the symbols of a peacock’s feather, and the phoenix’s resurrection.
  • Using the myths of Vedic Astrology as a roadmap for living.
  • Relating to karma and dharma to focus on gratitude, forgiveness, and actions for continuous improvement.
  • …and much, much more!

Exclusive Offer for JournalTalk Listeners:  Julianne has generously recorded a free, guided and personalized video introduction to her book, The Butterfly Journal, as a special thank-you for listening to this episode. (JournalTalk, Episode #75, May 17, 2016)

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Q&A: “Can Journaling Help Me Be Better Friends (with Myself)?”

JTQA Susan and NathanSusan Borkin joins me once again, to share a therapist’s viewpoint on the journal-writing benefit of improved self-esteem, and walk us through a few tips from her book, The Healing Power of Writing.

Maybe it’s a generational thing, but I don’t seem to hear about the importance of a positive self-image anymore. When I was growing up in the late 70’s and 80’s, all the top motivational speakers spent their time convincing teenagers that the key to any worthwhile accomplishment was a firm, inner belief in themselves. Today, the concept is not quite lost, but it certainly has its share of competing messages.

Susan and I describe some specific writing exercises that can “train your brain” to appreciate your strengths and forgive your weaknesses.

The Healing Power of Writing, by Susan BorkinYour turn to answer: Have you found that journaling helps strengthen your friendship with yourself? When you use your journal-writing to “look in the mirror,” do you see someone valuable and lovable looking back? Post your responses in the comments section at the bottom of this webpage, or join the fans, followers and friends in the JournalTalk community, to share your unique perspective and tips regarding the question-of-the-week.

You may email your own journaling question to be featured on a future episode of JournalTalk. Or, pick up the telephone and leave a voicemail with your question at 1-805-751-6280. When your question is featured, we will send you a thank-you gift for sharing your voice! (JournalTalk Q&A, Episode #44, May 10, 2016)

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Beyond Journaling: The World Needs Your Message

Doug Foresta on JournalTalkA key distinction that sets journaling apart from all other forms of creative expression is privacy. In this episode, we take a step beyond. My guest, Doug Foresta, believes firmly in the benefits of private journal-writing, and yet also urges us, “the world needs our voice and our gifts.”

Producer and host of Creating Change on Empower Radio and The Coachzing Show on iTunes and Stitcher Radio, Doug has been a podcasting mentor to me and thousands of others who yearn to share their message and transform lives. 

In a particularly poignant moment of our conversation, Doug asks, “Why do you suppose that we find human beings scribing their stories, as far back as the Cavemen?” Indeed, what is it about our species that craves the telling and retelling of our experiences? 

Doug has developed a five-step method he calls Transformative Journaling, and in this episode, he shares one key prompt idea that he uses to get “un-stuck”. I always appreciate his perspective, and the theme of sharing our gifts with others, which he weaves through all his work in the world.

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Q&A: “Does it Help to Shout into My Journal?”

JTQA Susan and NathanAnonymous callers are so much fun, and ask such close, personal questions. This one asks, “Can a journal help someone with anger management issues?” I’ve got some thoughts of my own on this, but I’ve invited back back Susan Borkin, to include a therapist’s viewpoint. Her book, The Healing Power of Writing,is a great resource for questions like this.

I’m not sure whether people actually still recommend using punching bags (or pillows) to release feelings of anger or frustration. But in my experience, I’ve found writing to be a more effective first step for emotional release. Giving myself permission to “say” everything I need to get off my chest in a private place also helps me to focus on which of my thoughts are worth further processing, and which deflate and wither after they lose their power.

The Healing Power of Writing, by Susan BorkinYour turn to answer: Have you ever turned to your journal after losing your temper? Is writing an effective way to release or process feelings of anger? How can your journal help you move past upsets, and move into effective thinking and action? Post your responses in the comments section at the bottom of this webpage, or join the fans, followers and friends in the JournalTalk community, to share your unique perspective and tips regarding the question-of-the-week.

You may email your own journaling question to be featured on a future episode of JournalTalk. Or, pick up the telephone and leave a voicemail with your question at 1-805-751-6280. When your question is featured, we will send you a thank-you gift for sharing your voice! (JournalTalk Q&A, Episode #43, April 12, 2016)

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Jami McQuivey on JournalTalk

Stop Drifting, Start Living

Jami McQuivey on JournalTalkI’ve often said on this program: Journaling is a process, not a product; a journey not the destination. This week, meet Jami McQuivey, an author, coach and speaker who is on that perpetual journey of self-discovery, constantly realizing new dreams. 

Her first book, Stop Drifting, Start Living containing twenty-two lessons from her travels in China, is being updated and revised. Meanwhile, she has written another, God-Centered Sensational Sex, which is also a course she teaches onboard a cruise ship. Get your tickets right here!

An active member in her church and community, Jami shares how a journal-writing ritual has helped her to connect with her teenage son. She compares journaling to yoga and meditation, for getting clarity and courage to walk the path to which you are drawn. Sometimes that means creating a new path, instead of living up to cookie-cutter expectations. 

God-Centered Sensational SexExclusive Offer for JournalTalk Listeners:  Jami and her husband are going cruising to the Caribbean for some God-centered sensational sex. Anyone who books the same cruise can attend her course for free. Mention Nathan Ohren or the JournalTalk podcast and you will receive a discount of $200 per person ($400 per couple). Come learn how to create and enjoy sensational sex (the way God intended) on Norwegian luxury cruise with your sweetheart while enjoying world class entertainment, delicious food and sunny beaches. (JournalTalk, Episode #73, April 17, 2016)

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Journaling When Words Are Not Enough

JTQA Susan and NathanSeveral episodes ago, I interviewed Susan Borkin, and we just “clicked”. I’ve enjoyed having her come back to share answers to those of your journaling questions that she has written about in her book, The Healing Power of Writing.

In this episode, a JournalTalk listener shares her immense grief over her mom’s absence for the past 4+ years, and asks “is this something that journal-writing can help with, or do I just need a prescription?”

Such kinds of inner suffering are the reasons most people turn to journal-writing in the first place. Susan shares a few writing exercises that can help to bridge the gap between you and a lost loved one.

The Healing Power of Writing, by Susan BorkinYour turn to answer: Has writing ever soothed you through a grieving period? How do you use journaling to connect with loved ones no longer living?  What do you write about when words don’t seem sufficient?  Post your responses in the comments section at the bottom of this webpage, or join the fans, followers and friends in the JournalTalk community, to share your unique perspective and tips regarding the question-of-the-week.

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Joan Leof on JournalTalk

Uncovering Many Selves Through Writing

Joan Leof on JournalTalkAs we journey through the movement of our life, what aspects of ourselves do we birth or bury, in order to make sense of, and give meaning to, our experience? This question was my guest’s inspiration for her newest book.

Nearly two years ago, I interviewed Joan Leof, after she inspired me to dig back through my old, yellowing journals to collect pieces of my coming-out story and begin crafting a memoir. (You can listen to that interview here: JournalTalk, Episode #12.)

In this week’s episode, Joan Leof returns to share her newest book, MATRYOSHKA: Uncovering Your Many Selves Through Writing. It’s a unique collection of memoir-style essays, which are interesting snapshots into different aspects of Joan’s life. But here’s the twist: each story concludes with ten thoughtful, workbook-style questions to prompt the reader in reflection upon his/her own life snapshots. I enjoyed using this book for its rich journaling prompts, but it could also be a perfect centerpiece for discussion groups or book-reading clubs.Matroyshka, by Joan Leof

In our conversation, Joan shares the steps along her path to publishing, and a number of valuable tips for those who are exploring the many layers of “self” in their writing. For another great journaling prompt about the many selves and the “inner committee”, you might enjoy revisiting Episode #41.

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Q&A: “Which Color of Ink Will Take Away My Blues?”

JTQA Susan and NathanA quick Google search on the term “journaling” will offer at least one measure of social proof that there’s healing power in writing. But can journal-writing really help with long-lasting sadness? Can it cure, or at least relieve depression?

Susan Borkin, author, licensed psychotherapist, and pioneer in the field of journal therapy, joins me in answering this second in a series of mental-health-and-journaling questions. Susan shares examples from her most recent book, The Healing Power of Writing.

The Healing Power of Writing, by Susan BorkinEveryone feels blue from time to time, and that’s natural. The tips discussed in this episode can help with occasional sadness or chronic. Writing might not replace a prescription medication for every person, but for those who are healthy enough to take charge of their pen or keyboard, it certainly can make a pointed difference.

Your turn to answer: Do you use journaling to help soothe any sadness, anxiety, grief, or depression?  Do you think doctors should prescribe the use of therapy journals?  Has writing ever proven to speed up your recovery time?  Post your responses in the comments section at the bottom of this webpage, or join the fans, followers and friends in the JournalTalk community, to share your unique perspective and tips regarding the question-of-the-week.

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Kay Adams

Pioneering the Next 30 Years of Journal Therapy

Kay Adams on JournalTalkSpeaking with Kay Adams is always a treat, and offers the proverbial smorgasbord of lively topics under the umbrella of journal-writing for health and happiness!

Kay is author to numerous books on journaling, in addition to being the editor of the ten-volume series, It’s Easy to W.R.I.T.E.! Her Center for Journal Therapy was a sponsor for the 30-Day Digital Journaling Challenge, and Kay is also my co-author to this published paper which details the results of before-and-after surveys taken by the first 1,500 participants of that same challenge.

In this episode, you’ll learn about Kay’s recent journaling retreat in Ireland, and her upcoming Journal Conference celebrating the 30-year anniversary of her work in journal therapy. We also reveal some of the most interesting, surprising findings from the 30-day digital journaling challenge. Kay also provides a teaser for her forthcoming workbook, Your Brain on Ink, combining journal-writing and neuroplasticity, co-authored with Deborah Ross, a previous JournalTalk guest. (JournalTalk, Episode #71, March 22, 2016)

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Q&A: “How Can Journaling Calm My Anxiety?”

JTQA Susan and NathanIt seems that the questions I’m receiving from listeners about journal-writing are becoming more numerous, more interesting, and more specific as this program continues. I’ve been saving a select handful having to do with psychological conditions for a co-host like Susan Borkin, a psychotherapist who shares my belief in the therapeutic value of journaling.

Here is the first in that series: Patty asks, “How can journaling help with my anxiety?” Many people who suffer with irrational fears and worries will report that writing about those feelings only seems to intensify them. If you are among them, you’ll be pleased to hear Susan has several suggestions that make a huge difference. Susan and I walk through a straight-forward example of anxiety in the workplace, using her A-B-C-D-E technique based on cognitive therapy. For more examples and tips on this subject, you’ll want to check out Susan’s book, The Healing Power of Writing.

The Healing Power of Writing, by Susan BorkinYour turn to answer: Have you been frustrated, writing in circles in your journal, instead of finding relief? What tips do you have for addressing the issue and leaving yourself feeling empowered? Post your responses in the comments section at the bottom of this webpage, or join the fans, followers and friends in the JournalTalk community, to share your unique perspective and tips regarding the question-of-the-week.

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