Tomorrow morning I plan to get an early start. I’m headed north to Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY.
There, for five days, I’ll be writing under the tutelage of Nancy Aronie Slonim, author of “Writing from the heart.”
This is not one of those workshops that teaches the mechanics of writing or the steps to publication. This is about finding your inner voice and having the courage to speak the truth as you remember it, or understand it, or imagine it. Most of us are a little confused about the past, so we need clarity. We need to revisit our experience, and reclaim our feelings about it. Slonim says, “Good writing is not about good grammar. Good writing is about Truth.”
Here are few quotes from her book:
“As writers, we must be willing to feel our sadness, our anger, our terror, so we can reach in and find our sweet vulnerability that is just sitting there waiting for us to come back home. Then and only then are we able to create the perfect weaving, the masterful mix, the ideal harmonizing of our wounds and our words.”
“Writing can be the bellows for the dying embers of your intuition. Writing can breathe the life force back into you. The recovery might begin as a whisper. Or it might begin as a wail. But the writer won’t miss it. Once you hear it, you’ll realize you’re in charge of the volume control.”
“Why are our personal stories so powerful? Because they are true. What is Truth? Someone said that Truth is the gentle removal of denial so that when you are ready you can lift the veils that have kept you in darkness…Why write the truth? The answer is, because there’s nothing more powerful than the truth. Because writing the truth sometimes helps you face the truth. Because writing the truth is the beginning of living the truth.”
The truth is that, next week, the autumn leaves will be at the peak of color in Rhinebeck. The food at Omega will be amazing. Inspiration will flow freely, and words will find their way onto the page.
According to Anne Lamott:
Signing off for the week. Enjoy autumn as it unfolds.