The Tiny Space Between the “I” and the Experience

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“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.



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