Those called to write their stories feel the pull towards the field of freedom that waits for us on the other side of the telling and yet we hold back. The unfurling of our words limited by the fear of misrepresenting or harming ourselves and others. Offering mercy to ourselves and our stories brings us in touch with the generosity of words and the need for healing. We all have what Stephen Levine calls “unattended sorrow.” Within the various sorrows that we carry there can be a lot of uncertainty and doubt. Accepting that there is much that we do not know can enrich our writing. Attending to our sorrow and letting go of the need for forgiveness or neat and tidy endings can allow us to let go of the need for ‘truth’ and the approval of others. Attending first to ourselves and our stories may seem selfish but without these brave acts our writing may not find its wings. Using sacred circle teachings Jónína will unpack the ways we limit ourselves and some of the things we can do to support our writing practice. Together we will lean into mercy. We will explore what it has to offer us and our readers.
RCLAS Writing Workshop: An Afternoon of Mercy for Memoir Writers
September 9, 2017
Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street