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Writing Yourself Back to Yourself

Books We Love: Meera Lee Patel

Author Meera Lee Patel

Lucia Hom

Meera Lee Patel’s latest journal, Create Your Own Calm, is publishing as anxiety levels across the world are rising dramatically. Patel shared her creative process and personal journaling practice with S&H.

You’ve created a handful of journals, all beautiful. Is journaling a practice you’ve leaned on over the years? Meera: The physical act of writing in a journal is a practice I have been on and off with over the years. But the exercises I provide in the books are ones I’m continually doing in my head, talking myself through them. I do a lot of self-talk that involves asking these questions, doing the exercises, and working through the process of how I feel, why I feel that way, and what steps I can take to change how I feel. I have experienced anxiety for most of my life. Particularly this year with everything going on, I have started journaling again—physically writing and reflecting. I have found it to be helpful not only in providing a release to my brain, which would otherwise continually be doing the cycle of talking, but also for finding a clarity I can then come back to and remind myself of. How does looking back on your previous journaling help you? It helps from preventing the cyclical aspect of anxiety. You come to a certain conclusion after you do all that internal work and then it ju …

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Kalia Kelmenson

Kalia Kelmenson is a curator of wellbeing and has been in the health and wellness field for over two decades. She founded...

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