What happened to you?
After the election, you may feel angry, confused, scared. All that adrenaline that you used every day checking the latest outrage is now part of everyday life. We did like to stoke our outrage. It made us feel good. As if you were doing something positive. This election is over and our reality begins today.
Maybe you are happy, because you finally were heard. Maybe you are exhausted and surprised. Maybe your adrenaline level is making you feel exhausted, worn out and sad.
The decision–making is done. We now have to sort out the aftermath. This is America’s new look. How can we discover our better self and bring people back into the circle of acceptance, care, and peace?
We are retrieving the pieces of our soul that got chipped off and worn away. This is the time to be kind and generous. This is the time to fortify the person you want to be.
I’m running a four-session class at the busiest time of year, while you are planning holidays and choosing gifts, when you are with family or lonely because you don’t have a family close by. And yes, it seems like something that should wait till you have more time, maybe in January. But you will never have more time. We make time for what we want to make time for. I am making time for healing and writing. I hope you will join me.
Deep inside, you know you can’t put this on hold. Your soul is bruised, battered. You need to be with people who want to heal, who want to bring kindness back. Who want to be generous just for the sake of generosity.
Class “lessons” will be sent out on November 19, December 3, 17 and 30. Yes, in the middle of the holiday season. You can participate as much (or as little) as you want. It’s your gift to yourself to get through a holiday season after a really tough election cycle.
There will also be a “Pre-class startup” to get you warmed up. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
This class is for you if
- You want to heal yourself in the company of others, sharing what you write.
- You want to try writing in new or different ways, trying out writing as a type of medicine.
- You want to start a writing practice that lasts, but not a typical “journaling with a prompt” class.
Here are the rules for class
- No political talk. This class is open to anyone, and no one should feel belittled or left out. We are here to heal, to deliberately put down fear and anger and pick up generosity and gratitude. That’s enough work for this class.
- The only comments you post on other people’s writing are positive. No correcting grammar, no writing what you would have said instead.
- No “fixing” –telling someone that you wrote that six years ago, you’ve read something similar, but better. No “did you think of this . . . “ and then suggesting something different.
- You can reply by acknowledging a word or phrase that you thought effective or elegant. You can write how it made you feel, but only in a positive way.
Why am I being so relentless about being positive?
Because we’ve fallen out of the habit. We are set to hair-trigger reactions. Our opinions are elevated to facts, and we are defending our opinions. Breathe. That’s what we are here for. Healing. That takes kindness.
How much is this going to cost? You decide. You can pay as much as you want, as often as you want. You can choose not to pay anything, although I hope you decide to contribute. Healing the world, or tikkun olam, is done in small ways. I’m a writer. I know how to write. Seems to make sense to heal through writing. Go to this page on my website to donate. You’ll need to scroll till you see the button.
Where’s the money going? Your money is going to two groups that help people who have nothing and expect desperation.
One of the women in my poetic medicine class is Haitian. She knows the death and wreckage that Haiti experienced on October 8, when hurricane Matthew devastated an island that most people don’t mind ignoring. That island is now facing a cholera epidemic. Cholera is a disease that spreads by drinking water contaminated with sewage. It kills. My classmate found charities whose money stays in Haiti, works in Haiti. Part of the money is going there.
Another part of the money is going to feed the homeless in Phoenix. I live in Phoenix, and I care about making sure the homeless have fresh drinking water and a meal. The homeless deserve someone to care about their next meal and drinking water.
Want to join the class? Donate if you want, then send me an email to Quinn.firstname.lastname@example.org I will subscribe you to a closed Facebook group Write Yourself Whole. (I’m writing a book with that name, too.) We’ll share and work there.