7 Day Writing To Heal Challenge!
“Learn to trust your
Feelings and, most of all,
allow yourself to
grow; perpetual expansion
is the way of the
Heart and the Soul.”
– Maria Lucia
How to do we learn to trust our feelings and allow ourselves to grow? There are many practices and techniques that can support us in connecting to our feelings and learning to trust them. First, we must be willing to uncover them and writing offers us the space to allow our feelings, to bring them from deep inside of us out into the light. If we are willing to slow down and listen, there is so much we can learn about ourselves. This is a big part of cultivating self-compassion and expanding Heart & Soul.
A major focus here on The Heart Of Awakening is accessing and allowing our heart wisdom to be our guide. A powerful way to do this is to practice Being Still. This helps us to drop out of the busyness of our minds and into the quiet space of the heart. Today, I am going to share a short stillness practice for you to explore as part of the daily prompt. This is a practice you may wish continue to use to cultivate self-compassion in an ongoing way. After the practice, take some time to free-write about what you noticed during the experience of Being Still.
Being Still. Connecting with the heart, with the deeper aspects of oneself requires slowing down and going within. Just as the turtle pulls into it’s shell when it needs to feels safe, we need to go within to begin to create a different relationship with our self. Taking time each day to slow down and to be still allows us to connect more fully with the heart and to access the parts of ourselves that need love and healing.
Find a comfortable position either sitting or lying down. Place one or both of your hands on your heart and focus your breathing in the center of your chest, your heart center. Allow yourself to feel your heart and be open to being present with what is arising. No where to go, nothing to do, just being there in the heart. Spend 5 – 10 minutes, more if you like, just being still in this way. Eventually, you may wish to use this practice 10 to 30 minutes each day, particularly when working actively on connecting with the energy of the heart and on cultivating self-compassion.
Free-Writing. Writing is a way to connect with the deeper aspects of ourselves and particularly to track what comes up in still time or as we are working to cultivate self-love. It is a way to begin to work with the beliefs and feelings that keep us from loving ourselves more fully. Take some time to write about anything you noticed arising during your Being Still time. Perhaps certainly feelings such as sadness or frustration arose. Perhaps a particular memory surfaced or you felt resistance to allowing time for yourself in this way. Simply write whatever you may have noticed. Maybe you noticed certain sensations in your body or a busy mind. What were you feeling? What were you thinking? Were you able to enter into stillness? How did it feel to allow space to connect with your heart? Just write and then write some more!
Whether you continue with this Being Still practice or explore other meditative, contemplative or even restorative practices such as yoga or tai chi, taking time to free-write afterwards about your experience is a wonderful way to practice writing or journaling for healing. In reflecting in this way, you often gain deep insights into who you are and what your deeper desires or needs are. Also, you are showing your inner ones that you matter and that you deserve the time and space to heal!
Love & light,
If you are enjoying this exploration of Writing To Heal, I invite you to join me and my Writing To Heal partner, Andrea Hylen for…
Writing To Heal ~ Transforming Our Grief, Loss & Change
A Heal My Voice 30-Day Writing Program (With Teleseminar Support)
September 21 – October 22, 2015
“Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.” ~ Rumi
Joining a Heal My Voice program is a bit like embarking on a vision quest. It is a journey into the core of our being. In traditional cultures, this is done through time alone in nature; in Heal My Voice our vehicle is writing. The intention of the Writing To Heal ~ Transforming Our Grief, Loss & Change 30-Day Program is to create a space for exploring writing as a vehicle for transforming and healing. During this time, you will have an opportunity to:
- receive daily support for your writing for 30 days
- explore your own life and uncover a story that wants to emerge
- connect with a community of authentic women and men on a journey of self-exploration
- get to know yourself more deeply to reclaim personal power
- discover your inner gifts
- alchemize your pain into remembrance, honoring and joy; and
- explore or reconnect with the Heal My Voice program to see if our upcoming 9-month book program is a right for you!
This 30-Day program with teleseminar support offers an opportunity to get to know yourself on a deeper level through the Heal My Voice process of Listening, Discovering and Exploring. As you take this time to reflect on grief, loss and change in your life, Heal My Voice facilitators Andrea Hylen and Beth Terrence will support you in uncovering and identifying experiences and stories that wish to be expressed through self-reflection, writing and community sharing. This program creates a container for you to go within, gain insight into your life experiences and access the gifts that emerge as we shine a light on our tender places.
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ~ Rumi
This 30-Day Program includes:
- Three Weekly Teleclasses with exploration and discussion on grief, loss and change and transformation
- HMV’s Sacred Sanctuary Writing Space (Audio recordings of inspiration and silence for writing)
- 30-Days of prompts to inspire and jumpstart your writing
- A Secret Facebook Group for sharing and discussion
- BONUS CALL Audio: Tips on How to Write a Book (or E-book)
- BONUS Fall Equinox Ceremony on the Phone. Live Call and Recorded. September 21: 12pm Pacific/3pm Eastern/9pm Europe
Three Teleseminars. All Teleseminars are recorded.
Wednesdays, 12pm Pacific/3pm Eastern/9pm Europe (September 30, October 7, October 14)
Location: Accessible by Phone or Online Listening; Audio replay will be available
Cost: $97.00 for full 30-Day Program
Payment automatically Registers Your Email Address.
Facebook Group Opens on September 21.
See you then!
We will begin the program on Sept 21 by opening the doors to the secret Facebook group and by offering a Fall Equinox ceremony on the Instant Teleseminar Line. Come LIVE or listen to the recording.
Then, there will be 3 LIVE teleseminars with information sharing, meditations and community sharing. The calls will be recorded and available to everyone who is registered for the 30 days of writing.
Teleclass One: Listening: Wed, Sept 30 noon Pacific/3pm Eastern/ 21.00 Central European Time
Teleclass Two: Discovering: Wed, Oct 7 noon Pacific/3pm Eastern/ 21.00 Central European Time
Teleclass Three: Exploring: Wed, Oct 14 noon Pacific/3pm Eastern/ 21.00 Central European Time