“Many of us keep diaries or journals full of our individual thoughts, experiences, and feelings. The art of writing out ones thoughts has a therapeutic side to it (as in narrative therapy): in the process of writing the thoughts or emotions are somewhat ‘distanced’ from the “I” experiencing them. There arises a tiny ‘space’ between the ‘I’ and the experience so that we can explore, study, evaluate the experience and its effects more objectively”
“Writing can be a form of meditation, of inward exploration of mind.”
— Dr. Susan Smalley, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA. In 2004 she founded the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA to increase mindfulness through research and education.