Reigniting a Sense of Resilience
At the end of each chapter in Julia Cameron’s book It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again, she asks six questions. Two of them deal with ‘aha’ moments and experiencing synchronicity.
This week, those two things hit me at the same time. Continue reading
Reigniting a Sense of Humility
The one part of Julia’s programme I’ve found ‘easiest’ to ignore has been the weekly Artist’s Date with myself, but this week I decided I must – must – do one. Continue reading
Along with my blog partner, Vhairi, I’ve been working through Julia Cameron’s book “It’s Never Too late to Begin Again,” posting here what I’ve “learned” from each week of morning pages and self-examination exercises.
All went smoothly until Week 5 – Igniting a Sense of Honesty.
This was a tough one. This involved looking at the years of my life (23-29) when so many big changes happened: university, marriage, moving away from friends and family. This was taking the time to really see myself then, the decisions I made (or didn’t make), what was important to me and what wasn’t. Continue reading
It’s taken me 3 weeks to finish Chapter Five… but I’ve done it and it’s been an interesting process.
The first week brought me low, the second week I was too busy travelling to commit to completing Julia’s exercises, but this third week… well, it’s been quite inspiring. Continue reading
Reigniting a Sense of Honesty.
If I’m going to be completely honest here, I have to admit to two things. Continue reading
Reigniting a Sense of Honesty
In fiction writing, there’s a point in the middle of a story where the main character gets a glimpse of who they really are. Some people call it the Mirror Moment. In Pride and Prejudice it’s when Elizabeth reads Darcy’s letter and admits, ‘Until this moment I never knew myself’. In the James Bond reboot Casino Royale with Daniel Craig, it’s when he puts on his first tailored tuxedo and looks at himself in the mirror. It’s also the first time in that film we hear the faint strains of the iconic theme music. Bond is seeing himself properly for the first time.
This week’s topic was Reigniting a Sense of Honesty, and it was a hard one because I experienced my mirror moment… and I didn’t like what I saw. Continue reading
Working through Week Four of Julia Cameron’s “It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again” is helping me heal from the terrible wounds of Grey Divorce.
The memoir part of this fourth week required taking a look at ages 16 to 22 – a time of great change…leaving home, going to university, meeting my future husband..
Guided through questions such as “describe a taste from that time” or “where did you live,” I sat down to face some painful memories, a rehashing of all the mistakes I made that led to me being a divorced woman at 64 years old.
Following Julia’s thoughtful and gentle process, it almost didn’t hurt. In fact, it felt good to finally face the past in the hopes of finding a future. Continue reading