Journaling is a doorway inward.
Focused journaling/writing is one of my primary practices in my healing journey. Of course the occasional unfettered dump into my diary is necessary, but when I began to combine my love of writing with the focused intention of personal exploration and processing, I found a powerful tool.
I hope these prompts help you lean in and explore your thoughts, emotions, responses, and your connection to your body.
Be sure to check in with yourself as you write and step away if you need a break. Wishing you strength as you heal, and happy writing.
On goes the journey
As childhood trauma survivors, we can often find ourselves caught in the memories of everything that was bad in our childhoods. With the following prompts, I challenge you to lean into your childhood memories and seek out the things that brought you some comfort as a child. Try to remember …
- When you were a child, what do you remember daydreaming about? Be as detailed as possible. Do you still daydream? If yes, are your daydreams still the same?
- Write about your first favorite/happy memory as a child in as much detail as possible.
- Who were your best friends as a child? Describe them; what was it that you loved the most about them.
- As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up and why?
- Who was your favorite teacher as a child? What grade were you in? Why was this your favorite teacher?
Looking for ways to connect with other survivors and/or receive support as you heal?
Survivor’s Circle Peer Support Groups might be just what you need.
These small groups meet on alternating days of the week via Zoom. In these groups, survivors connect, share, and support each other through the ebbs and flows of healing. Attend a session and experience the magical healing that happens when survivors connect and support each other through shit only we can understand.