By Ashley-Laren Smalls
Did you know that healing and forgiveness go hand in hand? Forgiving an individual is hard, but so is forgiving ourselves. Healing from pain and trauma is hard, but, how can we?
There are many different ways that we can start the forgiveness and/or healing process, however, the way I am suggesting for you today is journaling. Through the years, I have found journaling to be very effective for me due to me being able to better process my thoughts and feelings and being able to visualize them. Also, who doesn’t enjoy writing in a judgmental free space?
If you are interested in journaling, but have no idea where to start, here are some tips I’ve gathered from my years of journaling that can help you jump start your forgiveness and/or healing journey:
Journaling is a great way to move forward in the forgiveness and/or healing journey. As stated by Mina Murray “Journaling is like whispering to one’s self and listening at the same time”. While journaling, we get to learn more about ourselves and our feelings. Most importantly: Our Voice Is Heard.
Ashley-Laren Smalls is a second-year graduate student at East Carolina University pursuing a Counselor Education degree with a Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialization. Additionally, she graduated from East Carolina University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. After volunteering for the National Suicide Lifeline for three years, she has found an interest in destigmatizing domestic violence and destigmatizing mental health in the African-American community. For fun, Ashley-Laren likes to walk her dog, go to the beach, and try new restaurants.