The Healing and Expressive Arts
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We welcome Marie Higgins, Advocate of Holistic Practices and Author, Sprouting Spiritual Growth, to our fall line-up. Marie teaches on a variety of holistic topics including meditation and spiritual journaling. The class on September 16 (2to 3:30pm) will help you develop your inner spirit wisdom through the process of journaling. Here Marie shares some of her own recent experiences with this holistic practice.
I’m so excited to be coming back to The Room to teach a class! I really enjoy sharing my daily practice and the reasons I journal. I also can’t wait to see what comes up when you do a few journaling exercises in class.
One of the top reasons I journal is that there is so much value in the looking back. That’s where the magic happens! I’ve been journaling since 2009 and it has made such a huge impact on my personal growth and creating the amazing path I’m on. Let me give some key examples.
Looking back over my journal entries allows me to see what progress I’ve made with different challenges I’ve had or what I still need to work on to become my best self. I also often write down ideas that come from books I am reading because it’s on my mind at the time of putting pen to paper. Other times I am reminded of a practice and I restart it. Examples include setting intentions for the day of how I want to feel when I go to sleep at night or restarting the practice of writing gratitude lists. Sometimes when I look back I am inspired to write poems. For a while, I wrote poems every time I looked back and came across one of my gratitude lists. When I wrote my memoir, the poems led me to a space of awe and wonder because the poems reflected what was going on at various points of my life. As a result, each chapter could be iced with one of these poems at the end. Lately, inspiration has led me to going back in my journals to find overnight dreams I have written about. The magic that happened this time is that I went an extra step and put the poems to water color. I leave you now with an example. Hope to see you in class!
(from the dream series)
I know the truth.
My baby fell in the deep end, but,
my arms paralyzed,
I did not reach for him.
I coddled and nourished them,
as was necessary,
but did I tie their shoes for too long,
or, not long enough?
Their eyes grew big, and
as they came to rest
on the bottom.
It is the lifeguard
who rescued them.
my child is fine.
They had learned to breathe