Archive for June, 2010

Time on a larger scale…

Writing my memoirs puts me in touch with time on a larger scale.  When I look through the pages, I see the movement of my life, the beauty of all its seasons, and all that life encompasses.  When you write you will have a treasure for a lifetime, not only for you but for your loved ones.  If we let ourselves we can flow through the past, present, and future, and find ways they connect.

My connection that I have looked at was that all of my life experiences have prepared me for what I am doing now.  As a little child being fascinated with listening to the stories of the older generation.  Visiting nursing homes in high school and always being curious…

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Expression of my truth…

In a way, journaling is similar to meditation: it quiets the mind.  The clock no longer matters.  When I journal, I lose sight of insignificant things.  I forget about how I look.  I’m no longer self-conscious. Trivial things disappear.  Unfinished conversations and overdue obligations and fleeting emotions are gone.  For just a little while, I become aware of only what matters in this moment: the placement of paper and words, this expression of my truth.

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In one of my workshops I talk about Kairos time.  It is a Greek term that is used when time has nothing to do with chronological time.  We usually do not recognize it when we are experiencing it, but only afterwards.

The creative pursuit of writing our memoirs makes us more aware of this expansive way of experiencing time.  Journaling can lead us to kairos time.  Think for a moment when you have been in kairos.  Is it during meditation or lunch out with your friends?  A great example of being in kairos time is to watch children at play.  We can learn so much for their example, or my dog Courtney seems to always be in kairos time.

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The Paradox…

It is easy to conclude that someone who spends a lot of time journaling their memoirs lives in the past.  A writer is consumed with images and stories that are not happening right now, but that happened yesterday or last year.  The paradox is that memoirs are not necessarily all about the past.  It is using the past as a tool to fully experience the present.  It is a way of allowing time to be still.  By taking the time to remember, we live each moment.  And we become more aware.

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New Summer Workshops…

One of my most favorite things to do in this world is to create curriculum for new workshops.  I have spent a good portion of Friday and now today creating what will become an amazing series of classes this summer here in the desert.  I am entitling it: Telling Your Truths: A Memoir Workshop.

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"Because of Tammy I have found confidence in my writing and feel blessed to be honored in such a way. I have found my voice. I have found freedom! I recommend anyone for whatever reason to expand their life and sign up for her writing workshops or classes. You'll be amazed at how good you are and how everyone has a story worth telling. Sign up and set your voice free!"
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Tammy L. Coia is an AWA Affiliate, certified to lead workshops in the AWA method as described in Writing Alone & With Others by Pat Schneider, Oxford University Press.

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