Journaling complements wellness practices like meditation, exercise, and community-building. This page features some free wellness resources that we love that go hand-in-hand with your journaling practice.
Moving the Needles
Moving the Needles is a global platform and community, dedicated to using words and writing as a vehicle of change. Through writing and exploring words, we aspire to empower change at all levels, from the self to society.
We offer several online writing programs, for example, “Writing Veranda” and “Wellness Writing,” both of which aims to inspire you to write creatively and reflectively in a safe and welcoming environment.
In our free 45-minutes Writing Veranda sessions, we create space for people to connect, journal, and share. In each session, there are three prompts to choose from, and dedicated time to write and share out. In previous sessions, prompts have ranged from “an empty mason jar” to “I am unapologetic about…” to “without ___, I would...”.
Our Wellness Writing program offers deeper exploration into our mental health and wellness. We utilize evidence-based research and best practices from writing therapy to help participants engage in conversations and guided-writing to manage and evaluate their emotions with only a pen and paper.
Just as you would take care of your body by going to the gym and eating well, it is also important to take care of and nourish your mind. We encourage you to come join our community as a way to explore your mind to whatever depths you feel comfortable. More than anything, Moving the Needles is a community, and we invite you to join us in healing the world through your words.
Writing for My Sanity
Tuesdays 3-7pm EST
Award-winning author and life transition coach, Melony Hill, spends her time empowering sufferers of mental and invisible illnesses to break free of the stigma, stereotypes and shame they've carried to create the lives they desire and deserve.
Believing that journaling is a life saving practice, Coach Melony has led a free weekly therapeutic in since July 2017. Recently, the in-person workshop has become a virtual event. To join in on the live discussion, join the Writing for My Sanity online community or sign up for the Stronger Than My Struggles mailing list to receive updates.
Liberation Meditation by Dr. Tracee Jamison-Hooks
Tuesdays & Thursdays 8pm EST
Zoom Meeting ID: 82950928099
Dr. Tracee Jamison-Hooks (formerly Dr. Tracee Lynn Jamison) is a native Washingtonian and attended Woodrow Wilson High School. She currently works for NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center where she works in the Digital Signal Processing field. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Howard University, a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University where she made history by being the first African American woman to receive a PhD in Electrical Engineering.
Dr. Hooks currently holds two patents in specialty fiber optic sensing devices as well as several publications. She was a visiting professor at visiting professor at Salish-Kootenai Tribal College in Montana which is located on the Salish-Kootenai Reservation.
Dr. Hooks has traveled extensively in several African Countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, and South Africa), India, Spain and Russia (Siberia and Moscow). In Namibia, Dr. Hooks was invited to give talks at the Polytechnic of Namibia and the University of Namibia on appropriate technology for developing countries. She addressed the Prime Minister of Namibia, the Founding President of Namibia and gave a televised presentation in front of the general assembly of Namibia on her research and its possible applications in Namibia.
Dr. Hooks is an Art of Living Teacher and a Youth Empowerment Seminar (YES) Teacher. Both of these courses were developed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of the Art of Living Foundation (www.artofliving.org). These courses share in teaching a powerful breathing technique, which is research-proven to reduce stress in the body and produce a natural state of well-being. The difference in the two is that the YES course is taught to high school age students and has been proven to reduce violent and negative behaviors in teens.
Dr. Hooks is a certified Hatha and Kemetic Yoga Instructor who teaches weekly. She practices Kemetic Yoga, Ashtanga, Bikram and Forrest Yoga. She is also a gourmet vegan/raw food preparer.
Dr. Hooks may appear to be a guru in diverse fields but she believes that there is one field. At the core of her being as well as ALL human beings, is love. The spiritual practices only help to keep the love purified and shining through.
Dr. Hooks is married to her Divine Partner, Yumi Stephen Christopher Hooks. They have two beautiful sons, Coyote and Cheetah.
“In ancient Egypt a rigorous yoga routine was practiced and Holy Scriptures were studied. When a student had mastered these two disciplines, then and only then, were they taught Engineering.” TLH
Avocado & Honey Podcast by Smangiee
Tune in every Tuesday for conversations that will inspire you...especially if you're a black woman. ALL guests will participate in our segment “To Love a Black Woman" where they have the opportunity to share their appreciation for a particular black woman in their life and/or all black women. Keep the conversation going and follow us on all social media @avocadoandhoney.
Hosted by @_smangiee.
ZenFit YouTube Channel
Thursdays 6:30pm EST
ZenFit is a mindful, beginner level exercise class designed to be accessible. As one of our students said, "It's like a full-body workout while meditating!" We do full-body strength-training exercises at a calm pace, focusing on breath, form, and technique. Since COVID, I have moved classes to YouTube, with live videos streaming Thursdays 6:30PM EST. All videos are saved on ZenFit’s channel, so you can use them anytime.
ZenFit is developed by Alina Liao, Founder of Zenit. I don't believe we should measure fitness by how exhausted you feel at the end of a workout. I believe fitness is about learning to listen to your body, so you can build healthy, sustainable routines that honor your body. My experience as a competitive athlete and NCAA Division I gymnast gave me a deep appreciation for the value of listening to my body, and the importance of technique in exercising. I've now developed ZenFit to create an exercise class that incorporates mindfulness and is loving, community-oriented, and empowering.
In our one hour together, we start with a body-scan meditation, warm up, do a full-body circuit of strengthening movements, covering our core muscle groups, and wind down with stretching and a body-affirming meditation. The vibe is calm and encouraging. I want you to walk away feeling accepted, supported, and inspired by what your body can do.