I used to be afraid of journal writing because I believed I would discover deep, dark secrets.
Today I think of my life as a garden that was first planted with seeds of love and kindness. Then, unwanted weeds took root, disturbing its beauty and threatening to overrun it.
Grasping for answers, I took up the pen and discovered a safe place to be authentically me. I began to carefully untangle and separate the weeds; removing them from the beauty I wanted to keep. Eventually, I began to see the grace of my garden again.
After years of taking what I learned from books, workshops, and my personal journey, I developed a way to help people to heal that is deceptively simple, yet deeply enriching. Writing From the Heart.
WRITING FROM THE HEART IS LISTENING
Writing From the Heart is actually not about writing at all. When we still our chattering minds, we become the receiver of thoughts, the listener who hears them, and the writer who records what our hearts want us to hear.
We all have the answers inside us, but we’ve been trained to doubt ourselves and listen to authority. Only we can hear what is in our heart.
WRITING FROM THE HEART IS GOING DEEPER
In Writing From the Heart, we use ritual and tools to dig deeper and hold space for whatever emotions and thoughts bubble up from beneath the surface of our everyday existence. We learn who we actually are.
WRITING FROM THE HEART IS A JOURNEY
We don’t always come away from a Writing From the Heart practice with sunshine and rainbows in our eyes. Remembering can be an act of bravery. Our heart gives us the courage to dig in the darkness of those memories, releasing negative energy. Writing through it, we bring the hurt and shame to the light where it can no longer survive. Where we once found fault, we now find gratitude for our strengths.
WRITING FROM THE HEART IS LETTING GO
Writing From the Heart allows us to quiet the inner critic. It is a practice, which means there is no wrong or right way to do it. We let go of the thinking part of our brains because it only leads to self-criticism. We may revisit a story again and again because there is always another level of grace, another level of learning to discover.
WRITING FROM THE HEART IS A MEDITATION
At its very best, Writing From the Heart is our connection to that higher part of us. We are connected to everything through energy and our heart is the pathway to the wisdom of All That Is.
Writing From the Heart can be a form of prayer, of gratitude, and of inquiry into what lies beneath the surface of our everyday thoughts, beliefs, and actions. We receive incredible insights in listening to our hearts. We feel emptied, calm, grateful.
WRITING FROM THE HEART IS OUR AUTHENTIC WRITING VOICE
As we work through our pains and sorrows, joys and triumphs, we develop the confidence to be who we are and discover a voice that resonates in everything we write. We let go of the old stories that have been holding us back and write new stories that reflect who we want to become.
WRITING FROM THE HEART IS UNBLOCKING
Writing From the Heart is a way to break through writer’s block. It is not about writing perfect, publishable prose. It’s about cleaning the crud out from our pipes, so that fresh ideas and inspiration can flow.
WRITING FROM THE HEART IS FOR STORYTELLERS
It allows us to bring our stories into awareness and use them for writing memoir. Everyone has a story to tell.
WRITING FROM THE HEART IS A CONSTANT
It is a neverending process. When weeds pop up (as they always will) Writing From the Heart allows us to untangle what we don’t need to keep.
I believe it’s worth this effort to see the beauty in our lives.
I hope you will as well.