Writing Your Authentic Self

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Dell Pub., 1999 - Psychology - 166 pages
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How to use a journal to communicate with your deepest self
Step-by-step advice on keeping every type of journal--from a personal diary to a dream chronicle
Simple exercises that bring out the poet /journalist/profiler/narrator in everyone

The Omega Institute, the nation's largest holistic education and retreat center, has helped tens of thousands of people in their search for well-being, personal growth, and spiritual development through its world-renowned workshops and retreats. Now the experts at the Omega Institute share their wisdom with you in a unique series of books that provide the guidance, the inspiration, and the skills you need to bring increased meaning and vitality into your life. . . .

Scripting a record of your internal life consistently and over a period of time allows you to give voice to your subconscious, commit otherwise fleeting thoughts to paper, and liberate your dreams. But where does a nonwriter begin? Writing Your Authentic Self is the beginner's guide to crafting an intimate, enlightening, and, most of all, genuine memoir. Whether your interests are spiritual, artistic, or historical (a genealogical journal is a gift for the generations to come!), there is a type of journal that will bring out the writer in you. Written by one of the top creativity experts at the Omega Institute--and containing advice and inspiration from dozens of experts in the field--Writing Your Authentic Self shows you:

How to capture experiences, record your dreams, embrace your memories, and free your muse--even if you have never written for pleasure
How to find the best journal format to express your true self
How to have your journal teach you . . . about your goals, your challenges, your strengths, and perhaps your real calling


Don't miss these other outstanding Omega Institute Mind, Body, Spirit books:

Vitality and Wellness
The Essentials of Yoga


And coming soon . . .

Contemplative Living
The Power of Ritual
Bodywork Basics

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Contents

Journal WritingAn Overview
1
The Benefits of Keeping a Journal
18
Topics for Your Journal
37
Getting Started
66
Approaches to Writing
77
Voice
98
Learning from Your Journal
115
Writing Your Authentic SelfSeven Personal Stories
133
Resources
162
Index 162
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About the author (1999)

Lois Guarino is a visual artist whose work with photography, collage, and painting is informed by her fifteen years of journal keeping. She has received numerous grants and fellowships, and her artwork is on display in many museums and private collections. She is also the director of staff development at the Omega Institute, where she leads workshops on creativity, mixed media, and personal exploration.

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