This week, I’ve been thinking again about transitions: how do we deal with change? How do we know when we’re ready for it? and how do we deal with it and incorporate it into our lives even if we’re not fully ready?
It’s April vacation for my family, and we’re touring some colleges with Gabriel. The first stop was Columbia, where I was doing my graduate work when Gabriel was born, so coming back and doing a tour was like going full circle.
At twenty-seven I was really excited to be a mom, but also not fully prepared for it. Motherhood made me rethink and re-orient myself to myself and to the world—it was a big and wonderful summersault. It was only after becoming a mother that I felt sure that I not only wanted to but needed to write: I needed to make sense of my own story, to put words to my own experiences. I moved to Cambridge the next year to work with Jorie Graham, a poet (and mother), whose work I loved.
Now 17 years later, I’m feeling similarly grateful to writing as a place to make sense of my story and of the shifts in identity that happen just by living in time. While Simone is still only in sixth grade (she turns 13 this summer—a teenager!), I’m very aware that I’m entering another chapter of my life—that we’re all moving towards new chapters.
The name of my online course is Align Your story, but in some ways that is misleading. We don’t have just one story. We have countless stories, and those stories continue to change. Aligning our story is work that we need to continue to do throughout our lives.
Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? The answers to these questions continue to morph.
Sometimes we think that we don’t have time for writing. But we are always living inside of stories. Sometimes those stories write us. We swim in them. We can’t always make sense of them.
But if we can get comfortable in them, we can have a different orientation to our own lives—and to the lives of others. And I believe that this process of getting comfortable is not just something that we do in writing—but something that we do with our whole mind, body and spirit.
We are always living in change—personal change, physical change, political change, global and environmental change. We are always living with forces bigger than ourselves.
When we try to makes sense of these changes only with our mind—and with our left brain, which wants to control—we may become more lost. But when we can allow ourselves to enter into the space of creativity, where change is always happening, when we can drop into our bodies and quiet our mind, we can access a greater freedom and vivacity.
I’ll be starting Align Your Story again on April 24th. I’d love for you to join me. It’s a ten week online course with reading, writing, lessons, yoga and meditation. There are weekly live optional conference calls and a private facebook group. You get plenty of support from me, but you can also go through at your own pace because once you enroll you have access to the course and community for life.
See more here: http://www.nadiacolburn.com/please-join-me.html
Here's what one person said about Align Your Story:
I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that taking my first workshop with Nadia was a life- changing event. I had been struggling to get back into my writing, and stuck in some old challenging patterns that I couldn’t break out of. The yoga and writing workshop was the first way of breaking that pattern, and then Align Your Story was like going from making a drawing with colored pencils to oil painting.
Align Your Story was a much richer and more fulfilling experience, simply because there’s so many more resources and much more time. But taking the course didn’t just help me come back to my writing; it also restored a faith or belief that I hadn’t realized I’d lost—and that’s the belief in the possibility of transformation. I had had a lot of hard experiences in a really short period of time in my life. And I hadn’t recognized how those experiences had hardened me and even made me cynical about my own future. I felt like I was stuck and just spinning my wheels. I know that working with Nadia through Align Your Story has been instrumental in moving beyond that phase in my life. (Read more at http://www.nadiacolburn.com/praise.html) —Tyler P.
I want to invite you to join me over the next three weeks for three live meditation and writing sessions.
I know that life has a way of creeping in and preventing us from doing what we want to do.
I talk to so many people who tell me that if only they could find the time for their writing, they would LOVE to write. And yet they don't. Even professional writers often tell me that they don't have enough time for their own writing. And that their writing time becomes yet another thing on their to do list—something that no longer feels creative and peaceful.
We live in a time of anxiety. When we don't do what we want to do, when we don't give space for our own voice and growth, that anxiety grows.
So I want to help you make time: What if you take from 15 minutes to 45 minutes once a week for the next three weeks and join me in live meditation/writing sessions? Come all three times. Come once. Come only for fifteen minutes.
Sign up and I'll send you an access code.
We'll write together at the following times:
Friday, April 7th from 12:00-12:50 ET
Wednesday, April 12th from 12:00-12:50 ET
Friday, April 21st from 12:00-12:50 ET
I'll start each fifteen minutes (on the fifteen minute) with a meditation and writing prompt and then give you time to write in community.
There will also be time for questions and conversation.
By the end of each session, you'll have taken time to meditate and to create some powerful writing; you'll be more in touch with your center, with your creativity, and with your voice.
Why does this matter?
It matters because we live in a time in which the arts and truth are under assault, a time in which individual voices are being silenced, a time in which many of us feel off our own center.
How do we address this situation? By being the change, ourselves, that we want to see in the world.
You'll be amazed at how you can shift your energy in just a few minutes and what you can write in just a short time. And when we come together this shift is even more powerful.
Together, we can create powerful, peaceful, creative energy.
So sign up today and please invite friends and family! Either email me directly by responding to this email or sign up with the link below.
Sign Up To Join
Poetry and Mindful Writing Workshop
Eight Session Semester
April 10th, 10am-12pm
Creative Nonfiction and Memoir Class
Eight Session Semester
April 10th 12:30-2:30pm
Align Your Story: Online class that includes yoga, meditation, reading, writing and community
April 24th-June 10
Self paced online ten week class with lifetime access
Why Your Writing Matters: Half Day Workshop
April 28th 10:30-1:00
Grub Street, Boston
Breathing Out Fear: Day Long Retreat
April 29th, 10:00-5:00
Copper Beach Institue, West Hartford
see more at http://www.nadiacolburn.com/events.html
As always, please share with any friends or family who might be interested.
And reach out with any questions or just to say hi. I love to hear from you.