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The Common Thread In Therapy, Journaling And Meditation

The Common Thread In Therapy, Journaling And Meditation

There is a common thread between the three ways to improve mental health. They essentially are doing the same thing to us. The three tools externalize the baggage (our mental problems) that we had internalized, leading to an unburdening of our mind.

Therapy, journaling and meditation are all tools to convert a subject of our consciousness into an object, building our self-awareness and diminishing our ego.

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