Back in the 16th Century a gathering of people for an exchange of ideas or learning was known as a salon. During these gatherings the participants would amuse one another through story and experience to assist the group to increase their knowledge through conversation.
The early gatherings consciously followed the Roman poet Quintus Horatius Flaccus, known as Horace, definition of the aims of poetry, “either to please or educate.”
Salons can be traced through the 16, 17 and 18th centuries up to the 1920’s in urban settings.
It is the urban setting and the emergence of other types of learning and conversational settings such as circles that inspires the Journaling Circle by Lifelong Learning.
While the term knitting circle has its initial roots in activism for bringing about social change, the concept of circles has grown to simply being about bringing groups of people together around activities of interest to exchange story, provide support, create ideas and form actions for desired change.
To Journal is to Provide Clarity of Thought
Although many of us have likely been keeping diaries and writing journals for a while (and certainly the practise goes back centuries), the wellness benefit of reflective writing didn’t come into public awareness until the 1960’s when, Dr Ira Progoff, a psychologist in New York City began offering workshops and classes in the use of what he called the ‘Intensive Journal’ method. Since then, journaling has found its place in personal and professional development settings as a tool for emotional wellness, clarity and personal growth.
Journaling is different to traditional diary writing, where daily events and happenings are recorded from an external perspective. Journaling focuses on internal experiences, reactions and perspectives to various life events. The act of getting thoughts out of our heads and onto paper or into an electronic device for ongoing analysis and clarity, provides enormous relief.
A journaling circle brings together a group of like-minded people to explore the benefits of journaling through the Lifelong Learning 10 step model. The circle is hosted by Di Granger, who has been journaling for years and has much experience around the wellness benefits of the activity.
The circle provides opportunity for participants to share story, explore perspective, engage in conscious conversation and of course … to journal.
This is a wonderful, uplifting activity.
You can participate in conversation as much or as little as you desire, the choice is yours.
Spells for Wellness Journal
The Journaling Circle includes our Lifelong Learning Spells for Wellness Journal. Spells are our contemporary take on affirmations for enabling good feeling thoughts. We become what we think about, so the act of writing into our journals, reflecting on our thoughts and learning to reach for better feeling thoughts is the key to creating the life we desire.
Read more about our Journaling Circle or book your seat here: Just Journal