Welcome to another of the Durham Counselling & Psychotherapy blogs on Journaling.
Journal writing for well-being
In a previous blog I gave some tips on how to get started with writing a journal and the possible benefits is can have (click here if you want to read it). Journalling can be used to express and explore difficult emotions and experiences and to reflect on our strengths and achievements. This has the potential to increase our self awareness, release strong emotions, come up with creative solutions to some problems and boosting our well-being.
I also wrote a blog about various books I have found helpful for journaling (click here to go to this blog). Whilst writing our ‘stuff’ down can seem straightforward, it is always more interesting to be able to approach this task from different angles. Examples of this are: writing a dialogue between different aspects of ourselves if we are in two minds about something, or just setting a timer writing down the flow of our thoughts and see what arises.
What are Karuna cards?
I recently came across ‘Karuna Cards’ by Claudia Coenen. Claudia created these cards to assist anyone who is experiencing a significant loss or who are going through a major life transition. Given that I feel journaling can be a powerful tool in helping us move towards an increased sense of well-being I felt a draw to ordering these cards. I always love finding new resources that can help to inspire and expand mine and others journaling practice.
About the cards
The box contains 52 cards a little booklet explaining the term Karuna (means compassion for all) and how to get the most out of these cards. The cards are glossy and feel good quality.
Whilst the cards were designed for times when we are experiencing a loss or a life transition, I feel they can be useful for anyone interested in journaling in general. Some of these cards have a practical application, for example, suggestions for increasing your coping skills and to bringing more Mindfulness into your life. Others encourage us to reflect on different ideas. Some of these ideas are positive and get us to examine our resilience and courage, whereas other cards prompt us to reflect on the challenging experiences we may have experienced. There are creative cards that prompt us to become more experimental in the way we reflect no our thoughts, feelings and experiences. For example, journaling with different colours, writing in different directions on the page or making a collage. These are just some examples of the wealth of ideas that these cards contain.
I feel that Claudia has put a lot of thought and time into creating this tool. These cards can encourage many hours of reflection that I believe can potentially lead to personal growth and an increase in self compassion. I feel that anyone interested in journaling could get a lot out of these Karuna Cards.
Click here to visit Claudia Coenen’s website.