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The tool of reflection…

“If you can see your path laid out in front of you  step by step, you know it’s not your path.  Your own path you make with every step you take.  That’s why it’s your path.”  Joseph Campbell

The above picture is of one of my favorite trails here in the desert.  I call this my Reflection/Releasing Hike. (I love the blue skies of the desert!)  I think another very useful tool to keep in our toolkit is the tool of reflection.  Reflecting on our life has so many healing aspects to it.  Reflect on the people who have come into your life: family, friends, teachers, etc.  How have they impacted your life?  Reflect on the growth you have made in your life.  When you have seen the most growth, what were the circumstances?  As I stated above, I call my hike the reflection/release hike.  As you reflect during this hike there are things you may want to release when you arrive at the top.  At the very top of this mountain is a special rock.  The rock is split in two and where the split is there are several small pieces of paper lodged inside.  These are my releasing notes.  I have released the fears of tomorrow there.  I have released those things that I have held on to that no longer serve me.  It is such a healing thing to do. 

Start today by reflecting on your life journey.  Record your thoughts in your journal.  Are there some things you need to release from your life right now?  Try writing them out on a  piece of paper and either bury it or burn it or do like I do and find a split rock.  The tool of reflection is a meaningful tool in your toolkit!

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The Gift of Story

Maya Angelou has said there is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you. In her book Writing to Change the World, Mary Piper describes the importance of sharing our stories:

Stories are the most basic tool for connecting us to one another.  Research shows that story telling not only engages all the senses, it triggers activity on both the left and the right sides of the brain.  Because stories elicit whole brain/whole body responses, they are far more likely than other kinds of writing to evoke strong emotions.  People attend, remember, and are transformed by stories, which are meaning-filled units of ideas, the verbal equivalent of mother’s milk.  Healthy cultures pass on healthy stories from generation to generation.

By passing on stories within our families, we can help create the “healthy culture.”  Children (and adults, too) need to know that they are connected.  We need to know we are connected to each other, to the Earth, to what has come before and what will come after.  Stories help us say, “Oh, yes, I have been there, too,”or empathize, “Wow, that must have been hard for you.”  It doesn’t matter whether or not we all have the same stories.  What matters is that we all have stories to tell.

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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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