FREE RANGE STORIES
"In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop being comforted by the sweet territory of silence?"
Guided Autobiography - Therapeutic Writing
I can see myself standing in my crib watching a tiny creature scurry across the woodwork. I am filled with the beauty of it. I thrill at its shocking mobility. It disappears… I make every sound to call the little mystery to me.
That mouse was my first memory. Memories bring me right to the places that thrilled, shocked, confused, hurt and informed me. Sometimes I don’t even know how I feel until I find the words to fit and flow meaning to the surface.
Live into your memories and write your stories! Weave together the brilliant and broken bits. Refresh yourself with hindsight and compassion, laughter and a good cry. Clean your slate.
Write for yourself, your family, for fun, to resolve something, to wake up and for no reason in particular.
I have a magnet deep inside me for stories; mine and other people's. If you have a magnet inside you that longs to write your stories, do it. If you have already started to write but hit a wall or lack discipline, register for my class.
You can write on your own but it is a whole other experience to write and share with others. Other people's stories prompts our memories, inspire us and wean us from judgement to compassion.
Whether you consider yourself a writer or not, whether you think you make sense or not, whether you think you even have a "story", if you have the instinct to write, write!