Do you ever feel like your thoughts are a jumbled knot inside your head? And the more you try to untangle the knot, the bigger and more cumbersome it becomes?

Yeah, I totally get that.

Writing is my go-to tool for untangling the knotted strands of thoughts within my head, especially when my mind feels unusually overwhelmed, hyperactive, or just generally confused.

The act of putting words onto paper brings our abstract thoughts into reality where we can more clearly see, analyze, and begin to understand the strands of thoughts.

When I write out my thoughts, it feels as though I’m letting air out of a balloon that was ready to pop. Writing diffuses the tension of trying to sort through my thoughts in the abstract and what felt confusing and overwhelming becomes clear and manageable.

It’s basically magic.

Beyond helping us to better understand our current experience and conscious thoughts, writing also provides a tool to tap into the treasures that lay beneath the surface of the mind.

We all have troves of treasures in our subconscious mind, which stores everything that makes us who we are our past experiences, memories, and beliefs and deeply influences our thoughts, behaviors, actions, and decisions.

The elusive yet influential subconscious mind runs the show, which is why it’s important to learn to tap into your subconscious to begin to understand the forces influencing your thoughts and behaviors.

If we don’t dig deeper into our minds, we are simply a passenger on the bus of our life, not fully aware of who’s driving or in control of the destination.

To get to the subconscious, we must first quiet or circumvent our conscious mind, which is usually pretty loud and chatty. That's where writing comes in.

The flow of words out of our heads and onto paper allows us to more fluidly bypass our conscious thoughts and dip into the subconscious mind.

Writing sweeps away the dust and surface layers of the mind so we can access what’s going on underneath and more clearly see the influential forces constructing our identity, beliefs, thought patterns, and behaviors.

Although writing creates something tangible that is external to us, it can be used as part of your practice of going deep within, one that pairs perfectly with meditation, yoga, walking, or any other flow activity that is part of your routine.

If you're interested in learning more about using writing to dive into your subconscious mind, join us for the upcoming Healing in Writing workshop.

We'll be fusing together meditation and writing to go deep within with the intention of seeing ourselves with just a little bit more clarity than before.

Writing has always been my creative outlet for self-exploration and self-expression. Growing up, I would craft fantastical stories with nothing but my imagination. As a teenager, I poured my heart into pages and pages of diaries. As I got older, I intuitively used writing to explore and connect with my emotions.

But, at some point in life, I got hung up on what it meant to “be a writer”.

I studied creative writing and I bought into the idea that to be a writer I needed to deeply understand technique, use the perfect metaphor, and be able to poetically string together words on a whim.

I believed my own writing fell short in comparison to the works of others, so I eventually set aside my writing practice, also abandoning the creative freedom and expression it provided me up until that point.

The problem was my notion of being a writer was fundamentally flawed: I thought in order to write something valuable, I needed to write for other people.

I didn’t realize the immense value in writing for myself, and no one else.

Sure, if you want to be a published writer, you need to think about your audience and the benefits you can provide to them. But, published writer or not, writing is a readily available tool for self-exploration, discovery, and growth.

Writing for yourself promotes awareness, a deeper level of understanding, a way to offer yourself guidance and insight, and a release for emotions or experiences you may not even know you are holding onto.

Writing for yourself is an act of self-love and self-care it’s recognizing your words, your truth, and your story have value in and of themselves. They’re worthy because you are worthy.

I intuitively understood the intrinsic value of writing when I was younger, but lost sight of this when I began to tie my identity to being a writer. After years of not writing anything beyond work emails, I found my way back to writing for me. I now see writing as a tool, not who I am, which allows me to just write, no strings attached.

When I write for myself, technique and expertise do not matter. (Heck, coherency doesn’t even really matter!) What matters is that I get my thoughts, emotions, and experiences out and onto the page.

If you’ve ever kept a journal you know it’s the act of writing that is most impactful, not necessarily the words that end up on the page.

I invite you to do the same, and just write. Write for yourself, because your words matter, especially when they’re just for you.

If this resonates with you, and you want to learn more about the practice of writing for yourself, join us for our first workshop, Healing in Writing, coming up in November!

Acupuncture has been around for a LONG time - somewhere around 3000 years. You've probably seen it in movies, heard about it from your friend or family member, or maybe you even tried it yourself.

Acupuncture is not scary! It is a safe and careful treatment provided by a professional.

“Acupuncture is the practice of penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles which are then activated through gentle and specific movements of the practitioner's hands or with electrical stimulation”. -- Johns Hopkins Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners believe the human body has more than 2,000 acupuncture points connected by pathways. The acupuncturist applies acupuncture to certain points. This then helps improve the Qi (pronounced “chee”) and flow of energy. This leads us to Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been around for ages. This branch of medicine utilizes acupuncture to improve the flow of Qi . It is believed that blocks in the flow of energy lead to disease. So acupuncture helps remove these blocks.

Now you might be wondering… What do I get out of acupuncture? What are the benefits? Let me tell you!

Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system. This in turn releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes may stimulate the body's natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being.

The National Institute of Health has demonstrated in studies that acupuncture is an effective treatment alone or in combination with other conventional therapies to treat:

  • Nausea caused by surgical anesthesia and cancer chemotherapy

  • Dental pain after surgery

  • Addiction

  • Headaches

  • Menstrual cramps

  • Tennis elbow

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Myofascial pain

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Low back pain

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Asthma

  • Stroke rehabilitation

Meet our Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Dr. Dana Gulati! Dr. Gulati is now accepting new patients at our East Greenwich location. Click here to request a session.