Facing the page without fear

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending another Lapidus Cornwall workshop at my local library, facilitated by Dare to Blossom coach Mary Lunnen.

My writing practice has been happening in fits and starts lately, and mostly for me. Mary talked of the importance of harvesting the golden grains, and letting the rest float away. Letting things go has never been a strength of mine.
The Universe undoubtedly has a sense of humour. After reading a poem to ease us into the space, Mary invited us to pick a card from her pack of Rediscovery Cards. Each of the 50 cards has a coloured background and a word on it.
Since first meeting Mary in 2016, I have been awed by the inspiration found within her cards, and that workshop was no exception. The first card I picked was Relaxation, something which has been rather alien to me in recent years.
Free-writing on this topic brought me to the concept of relaxing into emotions, and relaxing into what is to come.
There is something beautiful about sharing deeply personal writings within the safety of a Lapidus workshop. The rules are few, but the most important is respect for self, and respect for others. This creates an environment where even the prickliest of feelings can find a way through, and out.
We wrote back to, and in some cases, in defiance of, words by John O’Donohue. There was wisdom there for me, but there was more to come. The final card I picked during that workshop was Authenticity, which spoke to my struggle to face my journal in recent months.

I am happy to report that I have returned to my practice, and hope to return to a more regular practice here as well.

My journal

This image shows a purple journal, with cards stuck to the front. One is deep pink, and has the word Authenticity on it in white. The other is light blue, and has the word Relaxation in white.

Advertisements

She Howls Open Mic coming up!

 

 

I’m delighted to say that I will be performing at the next She Howls online open mic on Wednesday.

The event is at 9pm BST, which you can convert to your timezone here

Information on joining can be found at Dal Kular’s website.

She Howls joining information

New article: ‘Capturing Essence’ [Lapidus International]

black and white butterfly on red flower

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

I mentioned in my previous post being knee-deep in some projects that I could not yet share. I am pleased to announce that one has come to fruition, and you can now read ‘Capturing Essence: From Haiku to Healing’ in the Summer Edition of the Lapidus International journal.

You can find out more about Lapidus International and their mission on their website.

The Summer Edition of the journal is available from Amazon.

Swimming in Circles

In the midst of a challenging few months, I haven’t exactly known what to write here. So, I haven’t written, except for myself. Pieces that may see the light of day at some point, or pieces that may not. I’m trying hard to be OK with that.

In my spare time, I have returned to Matt Haig’s Reasons To Stay Alive once again. When my brain won’t just ‘Sit’ and ‘Stay’, I find audio-books very useful indeed. I’m not exactly sure why I’m writing here today, beyond wanting to convey that I haven’t quite fallen off the face of the earth.

The title of this post arises from my short-lived stint of swimming lessons. I can swim, but I’m not the strongest of swimmers. As you might imagine, swimming in circles is the result of one leg putting in substantially more effort than the other.

I have another piece in the pipeline for PETRIe, and a piece under consideration by Parabola magazine. Things are happening, but not necessarily at the pace which I would like them to. In the meantime, I’d ask you to be patient with me, whilst I work out how to move forward over the next few weeks and months. Thank you for reading this far.

Microblog Monday: New Adventures

Today, I’m linking up with Microblog Mondays to share at least one new post this week. Find out more here.

I know things have been quiet around here. I’ve not been writing as much as I would like, but I remain hopeful that I will return to regular writing soon. I’m excited to share something that’s happening next week, though. In seven years of dealing with loss, I’ve found writing to be one of the most helpful things. So, I’ve started a local group for people who want to do just that.

PeaceThroughWordsposter

I’m looking forward to both providing a platform and exploring my own feelings in a new environment. Wish me luck!

I look forward to sharing a new Faber Quickfic piece on Friday.