Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Blogging as therapy?

Recently there's been a bit of discussion about the purpose of blogging (always an issue for those like myself who are very aware that we've nothing of startling novelty or brilliance to share). Both Gordon and Caroline R had got me thinking, so when I finally got round to reading last week's stuff from the Henri Nouwen Society I was rather excited to read this. Oddly enough, if I'd been up to speed, I should have read this last Tuesday...which, you may remember, was remarkable for rather alot of different events. In the spirit of Nouwen, I can report that I did find the whole muddly experience far more meaningful having blogged about it than I did while living it...

Writing to Save the Day

Writing can be a true spiritual discipline. Writing can help
us to concentrate, to get in touch with the deeper stirrings
of our hearts, to clarify our minds, to process confusing
emotions, to reflect on our experiences, to give artistic
expression to what we are living, and to store significant
events in our memories. Writing can also be good for others
who might read what we write.

Quite often a difficult, painful, or frustrating day can be
"redeemed" by writing about it. By writing we can claim what
we have lived and thus integrate it more fully into our
journeys. Then writing can become lifesaving for us and
sometimes for others too.

Well, reading that made me feel better anyway. Perhaps it's not purely self-indulgence :-)


Gordon said...

that's really helpful - thanks

Humble Secretary said...

I am going to be picky and talk about the difference between typing and writing. If I may. Being a secretary, albeit a humble one, I type at the speed of knots and so can get my thoughts down from brain to screen without much engaging in the grey matter. Writing is actually a much slower discipline and slows the thought process down. I have found in the past that issues I had were resolved simply by a Bridget Jones-esque diary. Blogging and typing stuff out doesn't have the same effect - at least not to the same extent - although I will say I do find there is a degree of sorting out of the brain.

Maybe I should get back to Jurassic Park?

Tony said...

nothing of startling novelty or brilliance to share??

not true!

and in any case, it never stops me. say it anyway!

Kathryn said...

Tony you are a sweetheart. Thanks :-)
Feeling a bit of indadequate tonight for no particular reason,so that was lovely x

Caroline said...
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Caroline said...

well you're indulging me too, if only my curiosity and my need for an update on the swiss family fleming. Never really got into Nouwen, but now realise it's never too late to stop being opinionated about him!
keep blogging love.

John said...

Thanks for that, Kathryn! I'm not sure I've felt it as a "true spiritual discipline" myself, but I certainly find it helpful to write things (especially in debate with others!), in order to clarify, process and reflect on my own thoughts, emotions and experiences.

And, as Tony said, you often do post stuff that is very good - and not just in parts :-)

pax et bonum

pax et bonum

Ruthie said...

Sometimes I find blogging therapeutic - a way of getting my thoughts out, thinking and reflecting. Sometimes, I suspect I'm just indulging myself with wordiness.

And other times, frankly, I am procrastinating when I should be writing papers, or reading or analysing data or something more work-like.


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