Last Sunday I had the opportunity of joining a writing circle on Zoom facilitated by Ali Grimshaw. I’m not sure if I see myself as a writer or a poet, but I was very curious to explore whatever came up!
My sincere thanks to Ali and the others for being in community in such a supportive and loving way. We came together as if we already knew one another, listened fully as the words came forth, and literally opened our hearts. It was an inspiring experience and I would recommend this to anyone interested in reflective writing and poetry from the heart. You can also find Ali’s poetry on her WordPress blog FlashLight Batteries. I look forward to jumping in again.
These are the inspiring words from David Whyte that resonated with me:
"We shape our self to fit this world and by the world are shaped again" ~ David Whyte, taken from Working Together I wrote: We are born into a world already formed by people with their roles, ideas, and ways of being. We rely on them to keep us safe. We adopt the views on life through the eyes of others to fit this world, and be safe. Then comes a time when it fits no more. From comfort to irritation, like a hair shirt that itches and rubs the neck raw. Was it just in a blink of an eye? We have grown, but have yet to learn life's real lesson. The world is always at work, shaping us, giving us hair shirts, and messages that go unnoticed until we wake up. Then we realize we have to take off the clothes of conformity and discover our truth. In the shedding we allow ourselves to be shaped anew. ~ Val Boyko