SCARS: A mark left on the skin or within body tissue where a wound, burn, or sore has not healed completely. All of us have scars on our bodies and in our hearts, tiny to notable. Writing about them can help us consider how to focus on events that have occurred in the past with tolerance and perhaps even humor as we form new pathways to understanding.
WRITING YOUR SELF-PORTRAIT
Many of us have been challenged one time or another to draw a portrait of ourselves.
In this workshop we are going to write a self-portrait rather than draw it. A variety of prompts will be provided to get thoughts about your “image” going, as well as some free writing exercises using the “Sensory Method” to shape and polish our final portraits.
RETURN TO MINDFULNESS
Using a series of “sensory” exercises and prompts we will work to bring ourselves to a state of awareness, of mindfulness, a place where we can examine our thoughts, feelings, and sensations without judging them, capturing mental notes discovered as we work our way through the senses, with a goal of releasing toxic energy out of our psyche and onto the page.
IF ONLY I COULD DO IT OVER
Who hasn’t wished they could go back in time and do something differently? Writing, in a sense, allows us to do just that, create a scenario in which the outcome is what you have always wished it would have been, or better. Using the insight that comes from experience you will be guided through exercises and prompts that will help you use hindsight and your expanded experience with decision-making to sharpen perspective concerning a situation in which you may have previously felt powerless to correct or avoid. In other words, by writing a satisfactory ending, you very well may be able to let go of that particular situation that you have always wished to “Do It Over.”