Each individual, regardless of circumstances, holds a unique gift to share with the world … -Carolyn Rubenstein
Your unique gift awaits your attention, Braveheart. Attention via your creative experiments, self-directed study as well as your willingness to join a community of like-minded people.
You were wild once. Don’t let them tame you. -Isadora Duncan
Fullness is showing up for yourself; it is chronicling, making, pondering and exploring. It is doing the work.
It is creating a proverbial container [time and space, tools and materials] for your work.
It is selecting themes and topics for your creative practice and self-directed study — valuing the work and being willing to commit to such projects not as performance but as an investment in the details of your Becoming.
Naming a starting point, and doing so with generous amounts of self-compassion.
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.
journal-planners with my collages + jots about my business plans + what I think is unfair right now
… you need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you. Where you just put down what you think about life, what you think about things, what you think is fair and what you think is unfair. -Madeleine L’Engle
My journal-planners tether me gently, serving as a means of tracking my start lines as well as my progress. Some entries are unpublished and read only by me; some entries are shared with women with whom I share community, and others shared publicly.