Ten years ago I had an idea for writing prompts based on the seven chakras of the Hindu chakra system. I contacted half a dozen friends and asked them if they’d be willing to try out the prompts and share their writing on a small private blog. We spent one month to play per chakra – those seven months and were a blast!
At the same time I was immersed in teaching and taking yoga. During savasana, my mind was flooded with ideas — as I allowed more spaciousness in my body, my mind expanded as well. I was experiencing yoga body/yoga mind. I thought, “What would happen if I added movement to the chakra prompts as well – what would happen if I brought the senses into the writing?”
The next thing I knew, I was teaching workshops that included movement, meditation, breath work, and sensory stimulation along with writing prompts at yoga festivals with great results. It was stunning to see students open up, shake loose, and write profound and thought-provoking pieces. It was powerful and thrilling to see students shift from being willing to try writing and finding their voices as a result.
Time and again, I have seen how writing can be incredibly empowering. This winter, writing became one of the ways in which I was able to show care and love for my partner while he was going through the ordeal of open-heart surgery. One of the most comforting decisions we made was to write about his healing process on Caring Bridge. The writing was a lifeline for us — sharing broke up the isolation, exhaustion and anxiety that serious illness generates.
Caring for him was a deep and tender human experience filled with love and fear and surrender and gratitude — sharing his milestones and our emotional journey through the process gave us both footing to navigate so many unknowns.
Eventually my partner was strong enough to write. He called his pieces, “Musings of an open heart patient . . . ” They are deep posts about being a man and a father, about the shock and anger of being a lifelong athlete with an unexpected deadly heart condition, and of wanting to live and love, and of being a human in a vulnerable body, and of pain and dreams and passion. Writing helped him process. The action of writing enriched his life, and the lives of his loved ones.
Right before his diagnosis, I decided to create a new version of Writing the Energetic Body. Life said, “You have some other things to take care of first!” So I was right there next to my partner with fully embodied deliberate presence – something I learned to do through yoga and riding and writing. And now that he is strong and recovering by leaps and bounds, I am able to turn my attention back to my intention of creating a new Writing the Energetic Body program.
So, now, I am SO EXCITED to announce that I am releasing an intensive 28-Day Course of Writing the Energetic Body on June 24, 2017.
Click Writing the Energetic Body to learn more.