What are we to do with each other’s pain? I’m already dancing in a different skin and I’m not sure I know how to write a healing poem. Only that it begins with an open heart. Poetry is not so much like prose – where word count and time matters. Sometimes the words sputter out in three-quarter time – they waltz into the center of […]
You have the power to discard and reject the lies that have been spoken over you. You can say, this is not my pain; this is not my fear; this shame is not mine. Declare what doesn’t serve you and send it back to it’s source.
Can I respond to the whole wide world
with one poem?
with just one word?
In fact, is it only one that can.
Writing helps us cut through the internal critic. What would your truest self – your heart-self – say if it were set free? Try this writing prompt: my wild heart wants to tell you…
Where I live in the Midwestern U.S., there is a real struggle happening between the remnants of the last frost and the insistence of spring. Even while there is still snow on the ground in some places, the grass is bright green in other areas. I can feel the trees vibrating as the first buds start to emerge from their branches. I was searching for […]
If you’re anything like me, you probably find that much of your writing has come from the intense moments in your life. I look through an old pile of journals and read about long-forgotten heartbreaks, about loss and trauma, and other charged moments. There is a reason for this. Our attention naturally drifts toward areas of disturbance. Think about it. You may not often notice […]
I’ve tried over and over to recreate the type of environment that is conducive to listening. Whether it’s listening for the voice of a spirit guide, the voice of my own intuition, or the voice of God – there is a need for stripping away the excess noise in order to really hear. Answers emerge in silence and wide-open spaces: in open fields or in […]
After a particularly restful visit to the woods of northern Wisconsin, I was sitting in the passenger seat of our car as my partner drove us home. I dozed off watching open fields of wheat interrupted by lush pines, rocky shorelines and old Indian lands. In my half-sleep half-dreaming state, I heard my name. “Iris.” I opened my eyes and looked at my partner. It wasn’t […]
Welcome to a Winter Solstice Meditation.
This moment is yours.
Create space for reflection, for healing, for gratitude, for letting go on this, the longest night of the year.
This audio is a simple writing meditation you can practice to honor the darkness of the Winter Solstice and welcome the coming light.
Before you venture out into the wilderness, be sure to have a solid sense of Home.