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The Harmony Between Circles and Squares: Writing Prompt

In therapy circles, there is a concept known as integration. It is where you take what has happened or experienced and bring it into your understanding of the world - mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

As the world goes through the process of understanding Covid, systemic inequality, and our relationships to each other and technology we have to take that inside.

The words that come to mind for me are "squaring the circle." How do we combine the circle with its opposite, the square? It is sort of an alchemy to take that leap between the two - and it is interesting to use the paintings inspired by Trancendentalist ideas (more below in creative links) to show how the two can come together.

In 1882, the Lindemann–Weierstrass theorem proved that the task of squaring the circle is impossible, yet I would say that the there is a space between the possible and impossible. Therein lies the conversation between intellect (what we know is true) and emotion (what...

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The Benefits of Movement for Creative Growth


Move Your Body, Do the Verb, and Keep it Moving!

A round-up of ideas from across the web on why movement is so important to growth:

The Philosopher:

“When humans don’t learn how to move their bodily selves, Nietzsche insists, their senses grow dull and they lose the capacity to discern what is good for them. He asks: where are the ‘Books that teach us to dance’? Here, dance assumes a role it will play throughout Nietzsche’s writing as a litmus test for any value, idea, practice or person. Does it dance? Does it catalyse a joyful affirmation of life?” Read more at Aeon Magazine

The Choreographer:

Choreographer Twyla Tharp, 78, has a new book called Keep it Moving, in which she writes, "After we terrorize ourselves with self-doubt, our only relief is to get moving again.” Read more about her point of view in the New York Times Magazine. 

The Writer:

Austin Kleon (on Design Matters with Debbie...

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The Ritual is the Reminder: Five Time Tested Strategies

 It is time to flip the switch to "ON" and get started. These are the top tips for setting yourself up for success. Just remember, without a strong scaffolding, your structure is weak.

 TIP #1 - Schedule a life-saver. Many people tell me that it is easier to get up earlier than to carve time out of their already existing schedules.  Set an alarm for your appointment with yourself and your creative process. The time you choose should be when you are the most active mentally. Schedule your date and pretend it is your dialysis – your hookup to a life-saving process.

TIP #2 - Consider your writing time sacred but also realize that non-writing time is creative time. Carry a notebook like Joan Didion. When you live with creative awareness, you are seeing with a lens that allows you to take anything you find curious. Comb for details while you are awake, filing away insights and ideas from the environment of your life. The haircut of one of the moms at the playground,...

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Writing Prompt: Tending the Pain Garden

Have you ever met someone who seems addicted to their own pain?

Trauma may be what they know, or feel most comfortable with. Familiarity can be a false love – which is how we can become accustomed to keeping and tending our own little pain garden. Just like weeds, the stories in our pain garden are familiar, insidious, and help hold together the plot (as in story or the land we sow).

It is why people joke around that “they married their mother” or why adult children of alcoholics sometimes unconsciously choose a partner with similar unpredictable behaviors in their adult life – it may be bad, but it is what feels comfortable.

Imagine your pain as a 3 x 5 garden – what is in there? The red poppies of thwarted desire, the desiccated vines of hunger? The showy roses of damaged pride? In mine, I have the controlling trellises of perfectionism.

Writing Prompt: After imagining your pain garden, see what could grow there instead that is more nourishing....

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