Writing and mental health fit together like peas-in-a-pod. I have written for various publications in various genres. Each one, and the lot together have been tremendous avenues for creative and critical thinking.
Writing is one part of the 7-Part DESIGN for Empowerment.
7 tools in the design to empower toolbox
My mental health has stabilized as I gradually grew to understand what makes me ‘tick’. And, this has been accomplished in a large part thanks to all of the writing I have done.
Finding a more confident voice, core values and identity narrative has been hugely empowered through writing explorations. It importantly supports my determination to reach out to the world and make balanced connections.
Poetry is the universal art of the spirit which has become free in itself and which is not tied down for its realization to external sensuous material; instead, it launches out exclusively in the inner space and the inner time of ideas and feelings.— Hegel
Interesting to note is how philosophers have quibbled over the merits of poetry and other forms of imaginative literature as having cognitive value. Hegel struck a unique pose in his belief that poetry is the most universal and cosmopolitan instructor of the human race.
Further, as sources of insight and knowledge, poetry, argues Hegel, in it’s creative nature, moves us out of rigid ways of thinking. In doing so, we need to distinguish between philosophical prose and poetry and that is there fundamental differences in kinds of content. Both have tremendous power on journey through a meaningful life.
In this series of Writing Workshop posts, I will bring to you my discoveries, sources, paths, and tools which have supported me on this journey into mental health. I will provide a continually updated list here to all the posts as I add them. So, from here you can navigate your way, on this raft, on the voyage, we can take together.
Every day, in an attached posted list, I will also add a prompt to inspire your writing. You might try a Haiku or another poetic form. Or you might prefer ‘flash fiction’, a longer story, or maybe some research related to the prompt to get you into the habit of learning something new, every day.
© 2019 Leah J, M.Ed. Psychology writer/artist/teacher
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