Mindfulness & Journaling

Mindfulness & Journaling

We are all dealing with too much, too much to do, too much information, too much harsh reality in our world.  There seems to be no oasis from the noise and many people are realizing that we have to look inside for any haven we can find.  This course can move you from that insight to real change. It can help you access greater feelings of calm and inner peace.

In Mindfulness and Journaling, mindfulness is clearly explained and broken down into learnable steps and skills.  Using accessible explanations and journal writing ideas, you will be given techniques to understand and use mindfulness training.  You will feel less swamped when you develop a sense of internal awareness that is flexible.

In 11 Lessons that utilize a variety of learning styles, you will be given a definition of mindfulness and ways to use writing to experience increased focus and decreased distraction.  You will also see how to apply this more grounded mind to your daily life and creative goals.  You will see that mindfulness skills can give you a sense of life moving more smoothly in relationships and work.  You will watch your own sense of mindfulness develop, and you will leave the course with clear ideas about how to keep the process unfolding.

Mindfulness and Journaling is taught by Beth Jacobs, Ph.D., an author, clinical psychologist, journaling expert of many decades, and lay teacher in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition.  She brings all of these experiences and warmth to the topic, and great hope for its benefits to support you!

Buy now and the course is available to you immediately!  This is a self-guided course that you can work through at your own pace.  Each lesson is like an oasis, a mini-mindful retreat!

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Anyone living now can feel ways we need to be more grounded as people, and mindfulness sounds like an answer.  You don’t need to wonder exactly what it means or how to develop it anymore.  If you feel a sense that life is moving too quickly, superficially, or randomly, this course will help you with some ideas and techniques that make mindfulness real.

The Mindfulness and Journaling course starts with clear explanations of what mindfulness is, how the concept was first developed, and how to apply it.  It then moves into common obstructions of mindfulness, such as being judgmental or worrying, and explains how to dissolve them.  It concludes by giving you ways to expand mindfulness into creativity and your daily life, to note how being more present can make you both calmer and more effective.

Every step of the way brings information and novel writing techniques that actually deliver the skills that are being discussed.  While you learn and write, you will incorporate the true sense of being able to refocus in the present and retune your awareness.  You will see these skills build and will be given ways to measure your own sense of progress.

Most people need tools for focus and clarity.  You have those tools at hand and Mindfulness and Journaling will show you how to use them.

The course is structured over 11 Lessons, each containing a topic discussion, writing exercise, follow up ideas, audio reflections and evaluation materials.  There is a way to learn for every style and point of view.  The specific lesson topics are:

  1. What is mindfulness?
  2. The seeds of mindfulness
  3. The roots of mindfulness
  4. Writing into different states
  5. Writing as an instrument of mindfulness
  6. Dialing down evaluation – notice
  7. Dialing down evaluation – release
  8. No time like the present
  9. Mindfulness with feelings
  10. Mindfulness and creativity
  11. Keeping it vital

I believe that engaging in this course will lead to more engagement in your life and experiences, and that there is nothing more important for people to be learning now.  For those who seek this kind of enrichment and enjoy writing, we can work together to feel more aware and present in what really matters in our lives.

Buy now and begin to engage in mindfulness and journaling and open into the many benefits these two practices can bring into your life, especially when woven together in the ways this course teaches you to do.  This course can truly inspire, calm and support you from within!

Beth Jacobs

Beth Jacobs

Beth Jacobs, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and life-time journaler, and the combination has led to a career in therapeutic writing, and several books, including Writing for Emotional Balance (New Harbinger Publishers, 2005), Paper Sky: What Happened After Anne Frank’s Diary Ended (CreateSpace, 2014), Grandparents Rock (edited writings from an expressive writing group, CreateSpace, 2015), The Original Buddhist Psychology (North Atlantic Books, 2017), and A Buddhist Journal: Guided Practices for Writers and Meditators (North Atlantic Books, release date summer, 2018). She is a long-standing member of the National Association for Poetry Therapy and writes a column for NAPT called The Journaler’s Corner. Beth has also served on the faculty of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine for over twenty years.

Beth has followed where her interests lead in the creative and expressive possibilities for deepening the experience of life. This has resulted in many adventures, workshops, fascinating studies and enriching connections. She is happy to share the love of writing on the IAJW Council.

"Beth Jacobs skillfully integrates two practices to create a powerful process which greatly expanded my capacity to express myself on the page and in my life. Working with her it was as if my censor and inner critic took a long vacation away from me, and I felt open to discovering thoughts, feelings and images I didn't know were there.  I learned tools to keep my writing and life flowing well after the course."

~ Susan Rudnick, LCSW, author of Edna’s Gift and published haiku poet


"Beth Jacobs is a model of excellence in clinical practice, writing, teaching, and training. With absolute certainty, I am confident that you will feel supported and inspired in learning about mindfulness and journaling. Most of all, you will be able to apply and evaluate the related methods and techniques within your own frame of practice. During these days of uncertainty, Beth offers and anchor and a light that speaks to your thinking and writing."

~ Nicholas F. Mazza, Ph.D., PTR is Dean and Professor Emeritus at the College of Social Work, Florida State University. He is the editor of the Journal of Poetry Therapy and President of the National Association for Poetry Therapy. He holds Florida licenses in psychology, clinical social work, and marriage & family therapy. He is the author of Poetry Therapy: Theory and Practice, 3rd edition.(2022).

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