Natural Wisdom – in verse

These poems were written by a participant in one of my recent workshops, Natural Wisdom: Writing as Spiritual Voice. They are Alphapoems written in response to prompts while listening to sounds from nature. As you will read, not all are directly related to nature, but this is an example of the wonder and power of … Continue reading Natural Wisdom – in verse


Burning Rage

This is a very personal post. It is the result of trauma that occurred because my voice was muted. I see this “dream” and the writing of it is as the whisper of my returning voice (a loud stage whisper, perhaps?).  Rage, which is a socially unacceptable emotion, especially for women, is coming forward and … Continue reading Burning Rage

Trust the Process (pt 10): Hiding

My natural inclination is to introversion. I usually choose to be alone rather than in a crowd. However, at my first two Goddard College's residencies for the Individualized Master's program I went against my own grain. I squeezed in around full lunch tables, joined in conversations in lounges, and laughed over movie showings late (for … Continue reading Trust the Process (pt 10): Hiding

Trust the Process, pt. 8: I Am Matter

"Are those really concepts? Aren't they aspects of a woman's life?" (Referring to the Triple Goddess: Maiden, Mother, Crone) "What it means to be a woman? Don't you mean what it IS to be a woman?" "Don't YOU matter?" ... "Yes, I do matter. I matter. I AM matter." And so go conversations at Goddard … Continue reading Trust the Process, pt. 8: I Am Matter

Steppingstones to a new life

Yesterday morning in my journal I wrote: I am blessed with abundance. I am blessed with the answer. I am a magnet to all the resources I need. What is the answer? I need to know what path to go down today. This morning I wrote: Oh, lawd! I feel like a puzzle piece just … Continue reading Steppingstones to a new life

Quoting Natalie: Shake loose your mind

I try to shake loose my mind, so something fresh can fall out... This process acts like a sifter - sand falls through and bright nuggets come to light. --Natalie Goldberg, Thunder and Lightning Writing for creativity While Natalie talks about "writing practice" in her book Thunder and Lightning (as she did in Writing Down … Continue reading Quoting Natalie: Shake loose your mind

Connecting hand with mind and heart

Writing... digested our sorrow, dissolved and integrated our inner rigidity, and let us move on. I don't even remember what we wrote about. It didn't matter. The effort of forming words, physically connecting hand with mind and heart, and then having the freedom to read aloud transformed us.--- Natalie Goldberg, Thunder and Lightning I read … Continue reading Connecting hand with mind and heart

Jour du Journal: Let me hear your body talk!

Dialoguing with your body aches and pains to heal the past. Yesterday I had my very first massage. It was only a short one, a chair massage at a wellness fair. But in that 5 minutes the masseuse was able to tell me that I "ran cold" and that I'm "tightly strung." Yup (brrr!) and … Continue reading Jour du Journal: Let me hear your body talk!