A Poem in Response to the World

A Poem in Response to the World

Can I respond to the whole wide world

with one poem?

with just one word?

one soul?

In fact, is it only one that can.

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Writing Prompt: What does your Wild Heart really want to say?

Writing Prompt: What does your Wild Heart really want to say?

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…

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Insist on Joy

Insist on Joy

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 […]

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Finding Joy in Your Writing Practice

Finding Joy in Your Writing Practice

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 […]

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Making Space for Hearing the Voice of Wisdom

Making Space for Hearing the Voice of Wisdom

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 […]

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Listening for your calling

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 […]

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Winter Solstice Meditation

Winter Solstice Meditation

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.

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A Meditation on Home

A Meditation on Home

Before you venture out into the wilderness, be sure to have a solid sense of Home.

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Writing to Discover: The magic of free-writing

Writing to Discover: The magic of free-writing

Writing can create connections between what you know in your mind and what you know in your heart. The process of free-writing is one way to help us get past our inner critic. It’s an exercise many writers to turn to again and again to get the words onto the page and break free of the dreaded writer’s block. But it is also a wonderful tool when […]

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Where my stories come from

Where my stories come from

I grew up listening to my mother singing and reciting poetry about God and her homeland. They were stories about farmers and shoe-makers, about dictators and lovers’ serenades. Those stories stayed with me. From a young age, I’ve been collecting stories from writing workshops, theater classes, church pews and my neighborhood playground. I started the first theater group in my inner-city high school and launched […]

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