Dear Reader 4.11.21
Spring has sprung, in the best of ways. Last week was spring break from school, and while it felt extra odd to be taking a break when we had only returned to the physical classroom three weeks prior, the time away to process, release, and find my way back into myself was long overdue. I rented a cabin at a state park–the same place my parents took their hastily-rearranged honeymoon some 51 years ago–and did nothing but read, write, meditate, hike, nap in the sun and write again. Some people need beaches and fancy houses and alcoholic drinks with umbrellas (not that I turn any of that away!), but I’ve realized that I’m happiest trying to find myself in sunrises with coffee, silence and nature.
Through my morning pages & journaling, I was rewarded with a number of interesting ideas to pursue, and, even more, managed to write the entire first half of a seven-class workshop I was asked to create and teach on the idea of processing grief through yoga, meditation, and journaling. I had the structure, but not the content–getting away from the compression of daily routine did wonders for expanding my creativity and bringing it together. I just have to remind myself to carry that spaciousness forward into my post-teaching afternoons rather than feeling frazzled and couch-potatoing my way through my evenings.
I did try to keep a daily journal prompt coming on the blog, though I realize now that thinking I knew dates without using a calendar is a bad idea for a person who is numerically challenged. My apologies for missing prompts yesterday and today. I promise they’ll be back tomorrow morning, going forward. I expect some exploration of the ideas of space, success, happiness, and healing as they apply to writing, as my own journaling has been guided this week. If you missed any of the previous prompts, you can find them here.
Where has your writing taken you this week? Any new ideas, abandoned processes, interesting tangents to follow? I’d love to hear in the comments. In the meantime, I’ll get to scheduling those upcoming prompts for the week, and wish you a warm, sunny, spring day!