What is a Reflecting Pool?
A service of the Duluth-based nonprofit, Project Lulu, Reflecting Pool provides a safe, quiet, private place for individuals to write, read and share among peers.
Who will be able to read my entries?
Journal entries are anonymous, identified only with your self-chosen nickname. Writings can be completely private, or you can share them with the group. Project Lulu monitors entries for appropriateness and safety and may anonymously share writing excerpts for education and outreach purposes.
Why online journaling?
An associative and creative process, writing helps you make and explore new connections, stumble on new conclusions, and discover things you didn’t know. Writing has been used in support groups as part of therapy, and expressive writing can help with recovery and alleviate anxiety and depression after illness. At Reflecting Pool, we aim toward ‘reflective writing,’ hoping to lead participants toward moments of unexpected honesty.
Some unexpected gifts of reading and writing in your private group include . . .
A 3-min. intro video to Reflecting Pools.
The Research Behind Reflecting Pools
Over 90 breast cancer survivors participated in a study by Essentia Institute of Rural Health using these online journaling groups as an intervention for their psychological and social well-being. Here women were able to safely explore and express their feelings, while finding community in the experiences of others.
View "Good To Get It Out" video - actors voice scripted writing excerpts.
Read "Healing Through Reflective Writing: Breast Cancer Survivors’ Experience" Minnesota Medicine, July 2013.
Reflecting Pools for cancer survivors and caregivers (brochure)
Background Sheet on Reflecting Pools (pdf), a brief history, info about confidentiality, and the team behind this free offering.
How To Use the Reflecting Pool Website (pdf), a visual and written guide to the main three parts of this online journaling website: the writing space, the group's reading room, and your journal of writings.
FAQs Frequently Asked Questions about Reflecting Pools