I'm writing with a reminder and an announcement!
First: Reminder: This Friday at 12:30 (eastern) I’m going to be hosting a free, online meditation and writing session. I hope you'll take some time from your busy day and give yourself the gift of some quiet and creativity! Sign up here for the log in information.
This session will be a bit different from the ones I’ve offered before. I’m going to focus my prompts on the theme of working with our stories.
As John Kabat Zinn said, wherever we go, there we are. Whatever genre we work in, too, there we are. Our writing—like our living—comes from us, from the things we have lived and experienced, from our fears, our expectations, our dreams, our loves.
So… Who are you? Where do you come from and where are you headed? These basic questions of identity in and through time are central to most indigenous healing systems. They are central to who we are as humans.
And yet, we rarely have time to contemplate them and explore them in creative ways.
This is especially too bad because in these complicated, rapidly changing times these questions are more needed than ever.
It’s no wonder that it’s hard to keep our bearings, but our creative life can help us rediscover, recenter and redirect ourselves.
In this free session (which you can join over video or phone) I’ll lead a short meditation every fifteen minutes and then give you a new writing prompt to help you work with this theme.
Come on the call with a project you want to work on (these questions can usually help a project that is already developed, but that just needs a little inspiration) or come with a blank page.
I hope you’ll join me! And then next Tuesday, March 20th at 7:30 Eastern time I'll be leading another free session on Working with Emotions: Joy
As I said, it’s completely free free to sign up—and if you can’t make the live call I’ll send out a recording to those who sign up! Sign up here for for the log-in information for both free sessions.
Second: From now until April 9th, when Align Your Story begins, I'm holding a sale on the course! I'm dropping the price by more than $200 for the basic plan and more than $400 for the premium. I’m so enthusiastic about this course, I want to make it accessible to everyone who wants to take it.
From now until April 9th, the basic plan will cost only $449.
And the premium, which includes one-on-one support, coaching and editorial feedback from me, will cost only $997.
After April 9th the price of the course will go up again. While it's always available for purchase, I only go through the course once or twice a year module by module with live conference calls.
I won't be going through the course again until October 2018 at the very earliest, but most likely I won't go through the course again until January 2019 and prices may never be this low again.
Because I encourage friends to sign up together to go through the material together, friends always get a 15% discount, even on the sale price.
If you sign up, you also have the option of being paired with a buddy to go through the course with! People have made great writing partners and friends this way!
And the first 20 people who sign up get a bonus 30 minute one-on-one session with me (a value of $75.)
These prices are amazingly low for a course that is essentially three courses in one (a writing course, a meditation course and a yoga course) and that includes lifetime access not only to the online material but also to all the live conference calls and the ongoing facebook community.
Students have gone through the course three and even four times and found new material to work with in new ways each time. So really it’s like enrolling in a lifetime writing meditation and yoga coaching program and community. You can see more here: www.alignyourstory.com
I'm so committed to making this course accessible to everyone who wants to take it, if you need a payment plan or other consideration, please reach out to me!
And I want to be transparent about my pricing, so anyone who signed up early with my “early bird discount” will get refunded the difference in price plus a little extra as a thank you for signing up early! I think I know who you are and will send you an email, but you can also feel free to reach out to me, too.
As always, reach out with any questions and pass this on to any friends who might be interested!
With thanks and love,
And if you're free this Saturday, there are a few more spaces in Still Harbor's all day retreat, The Courage of Connection, where I'll be joining an amazing team of facilitators and leading a session on Working with Our Stories and co-leading a session on connection, movement and the body.
Happy Monday, with a little extra light for those of us who are in daylight savings zones!
I’m so excited to announce that the next session of my online course, Align Your Story, will start again April 9th!
Align Your Story is a unique writing course with meditation and yoga for a more holistic approach to accessing the fullness of our stories and creativity. When I brought together my deep love for literature with the transformative power of meditation and yoga, I could go deeper, see farther and tap into more ease and more courage in my writing process. So I created a course that brings these modalities that are so often separate together for others.
The course is designed for writers of any level of experience (from complete beginners to professional writers working on their fifth book) and working in any genre. This is possible because the course gets at the roots of the creative life and explores techniques and the writings of some of the world’s most interesting authors and thinkers, across time and genres.
I’ve been delighted to see the students in the course grow and transform!
As one student said, “The combination of readings, writing exercises, yoga practices and meditation made me unfold layer by layer until I found me, my real me, myself.
And another; “I feel empowered by participating in this course, as it has encouraged me to write with more courage, vulnerability, freedom, and authenticity and to appreciate the ways in which my yoga and meditation practices nourish my writing and creativity, and vice versa, linking mindful expression and reflection in an integrated process.”
Gearing up to start the course again, I’m offering a number of free meditation and writing events this month! I hope you'll try them! They're completely free. Just sign up to get the log in information and, if you can't make it live (though I hope you can), a recording.
Friday March 16th from 12:30-1:30 (eastern) join me for a free call-in/video-in meditation and writing session on the theme of Working with our Stories. The session will help you come to more clarity about how your life and your writing intertwine—whatever genre you’re working in and however you want to interpret the questions. Come with a project you are already working on or be led by the prompts.
Tuesday March 21, from 7:30-8:30pm (eastern) join me for a free call-in/video-in meditation and writing session on the theme of Working with Emotions: Joy. Joy can be the hardest emotion to tap into in our writing for any number of reasons. Come with a project you are already working on or be led by the prompts.
Again, sign up here to receive the log in information for these two free sessions and to receive the recordings!
The week from March 23-March 30th, I’m going to be offering a seven day writing and meditation challenge, in which you’ll be guided to meditate and write daily with a new recording. More information is coming about this event, but mark your calendar now/
And finally on April 4th, at 12:30 (eastern), I’m going to be hosting a free online question and answer session in which I’ll be answering any questions about the writing life, meditation, yoga, the Align Your Story course, or other related questions. Email me questions in advance or come onto the live session with questions. More information is also coming about this event, but mark your calendar now.
I’ll hope to see you soon!!
And I rely on word of mouth, so if you have any friends who might be interested in joining any of these free events or Align Your Story, please pass this information on to them! Thank you in advance!
And when friends sign up for Align Your Story together, they each get a 15% discount!
Joy, paradoxically, can be difficult. After all we live in a complicated world! The joy module of my writing course Align Your Story is often the stickiest for students: feelings of joy also bring up feelings of guilt, fear, sorrow. We run away from our own joy. But if we learn to sit with it and write from it, we can develop our joy muscle and our ability to be fully present for the fullness of our human experience on the page and off it.
Please join me to sit and write with joy and with whatever else, without judgment, joy brings up for you tomorrow, Tuesday, at 7:30 pm (eastern standard)!
As usual, I’ll start each fifteen minutes with a meditation and then offer a writing prompt. Come be led by the prompts or come with a project you’re already working on. If you haven’t already signed up, you can sign up for the free log in information here:
Because I’ve been thinking about the trickiness of working with the emotion of joy, I wrote an essay about working with joy, and I'm delighted to say that the essay was published just this afternoon in Elephant Journal. In the essay I discuss what Brene Brown calls “Foreboding joy,” that sense that when something good is happening, the other shoe's about to fall. I also discuss a Wordsworth poem that I love, and I offer three steps that can help us develop our joy muscle.
I’m excited to share it the article with you! Please read it here. And if you like it please “like” it and share it
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