Welcome to Write into the Light™
I am a middle-age woman, happily married, and the mom of two young children. I go by “Wil” which is an acronym for this site’s name. I have journaled since I was 12 years old. It has always been therapeutic for me. The style of my journaling changes randomly from detailed accounts of my daily life to prayers addressed to God, to gratitude lists, to daily reflections, to facts about how a new medication is affecting my sleep or moods, to bullet points of life’s recent happenings, and the list goes on.
I thank God for the ability to formulate my thoughts and be able to write about them in my journal. Sometimes I go back and read what I have written in the past. It helps me identify patterns in my moods and behaviors. But mostly I just write it and then forget about it. It is as if the paper absorbs the craziness in my head and I am left with a lighter heart and clearer mind after I journal.
In the beginning of 2011, as my mental illness still had a strong hold on me, I became frustrated with the daily meditation books I have because they no longer helped facilitate my peace of mind as they once did. I began looking for meditations specifically for those with mental illness and didn’t have much luck. While there are many daily reflection or meditation books written for specific audiences (many of which I have) such as addicts in recovery, or for those with specific religious affiliations, or for women, or teens, or mothers, or fathers, or…ad infintum, I was unable to easily find any written specifically for those of us who have clinical mental illnesses.
Write into the Light’s primary purpose is to deliver hope to those who suffer from mental illness through meditations that will be posted here beginning April 1, 2011. I have additional goals in mind for the immediate future of Write into the Light and I will notify you as those plans are realized.*
*Update: On May 6th, 2011 we started posting inspirational poetry. To submit your original works of poetry for consideration on this site, please read Submission Guidelines.
*Update: On May 25th, 2011, we started posting original photo art coupled with inspirational quotes. To submit your original works of art for consideration on this site, please read Submission Guidelines.
*Update: On July 4th, 2011, we started posting original essays. To submit your original essays for consideration on this site, please read Submission Guidelines.
*Update: In November of 2011, we published our first issue of Write into the Light’s online literary and art journal, Turtle Way!
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I humbly ask for your feedback as you read each post whether it is a meditation, artwork, poem, prose, essay, or work of fiction. My hope is that you will be able to relate to the struggles discussed and to the message of hope provided regardless of your mental illness diagnosis. And if you can get past my craziness and focus on the promise of better, more peaceful times, this journey and its struggles may be more bearable for us all. Hell, we may even survive! Wouldn’t that be something?