Thursday, January 24, 2013

WRITE YOUR YEAR - SESSION 3 - BEING PRESENT TO YOUR LIFE

In session three, we worked on bringing more presence into our lives.

We began with a forty five-minute full body meditation. Taking a few deep breaths and then bringing awareness to each part of our body, starting with our toes. Feeling into each part of our bodies, feeling its structures, its movements, its energy.

After the meditation we began to explore the concept of small stones. This exercise was created by Fiona Robyn a writer in England whose website is called Writing Our Way Home.  A small stone is "a very short piece of writing that precisely captures a fully-engaged moment." Writing small stones can help us be more present to our lives and to our writing.

We read some examples of small stones from Writing Our Way Home, then we went out and wrote small stones of our own for 15-20 minutes before coming back together to share our experiences and our small stones.

HOMEWORK:
  • Write at least one small stone every day. It can be short or long, perfect or half-assed. Just write one!

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