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writing as a way of healing [and fullness]

Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. -Anne Lamott

 

We must write in a way that links detailed descriptions of what happened with feelings—then and now—about what happened. -Louise DeSalvo, Writing as a Way of Healing

One of the treasures I found while purging re-organizing bookshelves this week was Writing as a Way of Healing by Louise DeSalvo. The first time I read this book it resonated deeply; I was in the midst of holistic and allopathic treatment for ovarian cancer.

“Confronting the chaos of our most difficult memories and feelings … translating them into coherent language can have ‘remarkable short- and long-term health benefits.’ For when we deal with unassimilated events, when we tell our stories and describe our feelings and integrate them into our sense of self, we no longer must actively work at inhibition. This alleviates the stress of holding back our stories and repressing or hiding our emotions, and so our health improves.” p. 24-25

Today is the full moon and the longest day of the summer solstice is in 11 days. I am in the midst of a “depression self-study” via my writing practice and my ICAD art.

guidance from within

I have been creating an ICAD card a day featuring a randomly chosen family photograph plus notes regarding what I remember about the day of the photo; I am using a ring-bound set of index cards so this will also serve as a small memory book. ♥

Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself. If you do, it will take you where you need to go, but more important it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey. -John O’Donohue

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i make my own rules

44/61 ICAD art [2014]

Each of us lives with some type of chronic demand.

So let’s each collectively exhale; let’s share a moment of silence and self-compassion.

And let’s give ourselves permission to make our own rules of disengagement and engagement, naps and snack time, musts and shoulds — and let’s decide [over and over again] to remember each day is a miracle inviting us to live free.
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