Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Plan for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life
by Diana Raab, PhD
Loving Healing Press

"One of the most amazing and magical aspects of writing for healing is that, once you make the decision to put your pen to the page, you have no idea what will emerge from your subconscious mind."

The power of storytelling and its ability to transform one’s physical, mental, and spiritual well-being are expertly presented in this inspirational guide that navigates the reader on a creative journey toward self-discovery. Through a seven-step approach to cultivating an authentic voice, the author, a two-time cancer survivor, insightfully shares a meditative process designed to lead the writer on a therapeutic passage to recovery. Revealing how she obtained closure by writing openly about past trauma, the author details the liberation that is experienced when one releases fear onto the safety of the page. Thought-provoking writing prompts are intertwined throughout the book, providing a series of questions to launch writers on the course of exploration, reflection, and perspective.

Citing her research on the benefits of writing for healing, the author examines the mind-body connection as it pertains to several mediums, including journaling, essay, memoir, and poetry. The influence of Buddhist psychology is infused in each section. Mindfulness, intent, and the pursuit of greater understanding are key elements in the outlined techniques. The realization of one’s emotional truth and overcoming tragedy are the essential objectives of the plan with the ultimate goal of positive transformation. Additionally, the author addresses contemplative methods to aid both prospective and established writers in the search for enlightenment or resolve in relation to a life transition, such as meditation, hypnosis, conscious breathing, and dream analysis. Regardless of the genre or format the writer chooses to approach, this guide can readily serve as the muse needed for the encouragement to begin the quest for discovering one’s life purpose and ultimately achieving bliss.

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