I’m happy to announce my new format Live Web Class, Who Am I?: Part One. In this live four-week web class, I will guide students through the first module of my newly released book, Writing to Awaken: A Journey of Truth, Transformation, and Self-Discovery. The opening section, Who Am I? is an exploration of personal identity using the Writing to Awaken process.
For people who don’t know how to begin, or who would like guidance in developing their own writing practice, this web class is a great place to start. I will guide you through the Writing To Awaken process, answer your questions, and illustrate how this work is done in a coaching session at the end of each class. You’ll learn the fundamentals of self-inquiry and radical truth-telling on which Writing To Awaken is based.
For the past 35 years, in my work as a memoirist, journalist, and teacher, I have experienced firsthand what science is now proving beyond a doubt: That expressive writing practice is good for both physical and mental health. Writing about personal thoughts and feelings for as little as 15 minutes a day strengthens the immune system, lowers stress levels, and decreases time spent in the hospital. According to one New Zealand study, physical wounds heal more quickly when we do expressive writing. I’m continually amazed by the benefits of this practice. It truly changes people’s lives.
I often say that writing saved my life. When you use this practice, you will see why. Like meditation, yoga, and prayer, writing is a powerful spiritual practice that strengthens the “witness consciousness’ – what psychology calls metacognition – allowing us not to be trapped in our thoughts, or fooled by the story making mind. The self-understanding that comes from this work can inspire genuine transformation and awaken you to a more liberated, authentic, and meaningful life.