Sunday, October 30, 2011

WRITE YOUR LIFE SESSION 2: RELEASING YOUR STORY....SO YOU CAN WRITE A NEW ONE

Another great session of WRITE YOUR LIFE this week. We welcomed a new member to the class (Welcome Mary!) and missed those of you who couldn't make it. Hope to see you back next week! 

In this session, we started off with the idea that we all have a "story" about who we are. This is not necessarily a bad thing - it is part of being human - but sometimes our "story" no longer fits and we need to let go of it in order to write a new one.

So ask yourself this question: WHAT IS MY "STORY?" and AM I READY TO LET IT GO? (Some examples might be, "I am the 'good girl,'" or "I am the 'black sheep of the family.'")

As a way to let go of the part of the story that no longer fits, we did an exercise from the book, Radical Forgiveness by Colin Tipping. It is called The Three Letters Process. In this exercise you write three letters to someone who you feel has wronged you or in some way treated you badly. Choose someone who has been significant in your life and whom you feel forgiving might help to release you from your old story.

We began class by reading The Five Stages of Radical Forgiveness to get an idea about the process. You can download the text by clicking on the link above. Then we talked about The Three Letters Process before going off on our own for an hour or so to do the exercise. You can do this at home by downloading the reading, reading about the three letters process and then doing the exercise.

Afterwards we all came back together to share.

HOMEWORK:
  • Do some kind of a "release" ritual by burning the letters you wrote or shredding them. (Alternatively, you may want to put them some place safe where you can come back to them in a few months or years to see how things have shifted and changed for you.)
  • Notice any changes in your relationship with the person you wrote the letters to. Does it feel like things have shifted? How? Do you feel differently about this person? Are the feelings stronger or less strong now? Journal about these feelings if you would like.  
  • Try the exercise again with another person in your life you would like to forgive in order to help you write your new story. 
Hope to see you in class next week!

    Saturday, October 22, 2011

    WRITE YOUR LIFE SESSION 1: ADVICE TO MYSELF

    Our first class was AWESOME. We have a great group of women writers - ranging in age from their twenties to their sixties - all with similar goals and aspirations TO WRITE THEIR LIVES. Would love to have you join us next week!

    Here's what you missed:

    1. For a bit of inspiration we read Dear Sugar's column "Write Like a Motherfucker."
    2. Then we each wrote our own "Dear Sugar" letter, to Sugar or our favorite advice columnist, about what we felt was the main thing holding us back right now or what we needed advice on to move forward in our lives. 
    3. After a five minute head-clearing meditation "break," we came back to our journals, put on our advice columnist caps and wrote back to ourselves with some objective, kind and compassionate advice. 
    HOMEWORK:
    • Write like a MOTHERFUCKER
    • Try and Take Your Own Advice
    We will meet again on Friday, October 28th at 10:15 at Mosaic Coffee House. Please join us if you can!

    Friday, October 7, 2011

    WRITE YOUR LIFE!

    Starting on October 21, 2011 I will be teaching a 5-week writing class in Seattle. Here are the deets:

    DATES: October 21, - November 18, 2011
    WHEN: Friday mornings from 10:15 a.m. To Noon 
    WHERE: The Den at Mosaic Coffee House, 4401 2nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105 
    COST: The class is FREE! (Please consider a donation to Mosaic for the use of their space.) 
    TO REGISTER: Email lara(.)g(.)simmons (at) comcast (.) net

    Are you feeling STUCK, unsure about what comes next? Do you love to WRITE, but never seem to find the time? Are you ready to RE-CREATE your life, but don't know how? 

    Join me for a 5-week writing class designed to get you writing and help you manifest the life you desire!