There is great potential in using pictures to reconnect with our child selves. Below are some writing exercises we can use to spark memories, generate excellent material for memoir pieces, and tune in to the energy we naturally had as children. Attending to this energy, remembering the kid that is still alive inside, can also be a tool for self discovery.Read More
It’s important to know that paying attention to your infatuation – trying to understand it rather than squash in out of existence – is unlikely to cause you to leave your current relationship or run after the object of your affection. Instead, it should give you insight into what’s needed in order for you to feel better in your regular life. And, ultimately, it might lead you to get over your infatuation.
Here are some writing exercises designed to help you explore and address what might be out of balance right now.Read More
Turning to the topic of emotional benefits, I asked the students about how they felt before and after they did a piece of writing. We discussed the common experience of writing when one is feeling confused or distressed, and how getting it all out on paper can provide great relief.Read More
We hear people use such phrases as, “I’m afraid of success,” or, “I’m afraid of failure,” or, “I’m not cut out for it,” or even, “I must not be smart enough.” I have said all of these things to myself, many times. I have felt that dark void, where no self-compassion can live.
And today I am considering this one: “I don’t deserve to reach that goal.”
The following two-part prompt is aimed at this self-limiting belief.Read More
In this age of writing to people instead speaking to them – via texts, emails, Facebook status and responses – it’s funny that we don’t always think about writing just for ourselves. To sort things out, to vent, or just for general self-care. We are so used to writing for an audience that we forget how good it can feel to address ourselves alone....Read More
I realized that a video was the next step needed in order to describe to people what is involved in Writing from the Self. It is seven and a half minutes long, but in case you have been curious about this program – here you go!Read More
In those days I looked forward to naptime more than anything else in life, even more than the visits with adult friends. That is, I loved my own naptime. If the children didn't sleep, if they cried and interrupted me, it was a real trick to swallow my disappointment and carry on with the afternoon....Read More
The week that I moved out, away from my two small daughters and my confused husband, I bought a used car. This was my first large purchase as a single adult. It took a combination of loans and a slice of the last bit of my father’s inheritance, but I pulled it off. I couldn’t know that the car had been in an earlier accident and would spring a leak the following year, that water would slosh on the floor of it. But it wouldn’t have mattered much if I’d known; it allowed me to leave.Read More