One purpose of writing is to transmit information. The other, and more important one, is based on its therapeutic value. That is to heal you.
Psychologists suggest that any memory, older than eighteen months, if it generates a strong emotional response without you being able to rationally understand or explain it, that means you have not been able to heal yourself completely from its trauma. Most of us carry this burden. The good news is, we can work on it. Which is exactly what we are going to do today.
Through today’s exercise, we are aiming to:
- Bring out the disturbing memories from the mind and place it on paper.
- Get a sense of clarity and consolation by revisiting the memory in written form from time to time.
- Apply the same to the other wounds of past as well.
Think of an old memory (preferably older than two years) which still troubles you. Take a deep breath and recollect all that happened back then. Now, write it down on a piece of paper. Once again, don’t use an electronic device. Simply let it come out. And as you write, try to make sense of what you are writing. Read it to yourself once you are done. You can make changes if you think you have not been able to articulate yourself well the first time. When it’s finished, keep the note to yourself. It’s a precious, little gift from you to yourself. Congratulate yourself for this valuable accomplishment.