Writing Zen

I have been so enjoying my online community and live sessions of ZenPen: Writing for Healing and Personal Growth.

Each Wednesday, I offer a one-hour body-based, intuitive, healing writing session at my home business.  We’re coming up on our tenth session this Wednesday. Such a delight. This writing zen time is open (not a closed group), so feel free to attend any Wednesday that works for you!

Last Wednesday our theme was empathy, an appropriate theme considering the violence in Seattle earlier in the day. Just four blocks from my home business, five people were shot at Cafe Racer. How do we even begin to make sense of this?  During our live ZenPen session, we lit candles for all involved, including the shooter, and we tried to embody empathy through our writing. What a powerful session of intense emotion, letting go, exploration, and mindfulness. I am thankful for this community and for the healing process of writing.

[BTW, here is a link to photos I took during last Wednesday’s ZenPen live session, plus the healing vigil I attended that took place outside Cafe Racer.]

A lot of people are still feeling shock, sadness, and worry from last Wednesday’s violence, so I thought I’d share a ZenPen writing prompt I posted the other day, encouraging us to let go of some worry we are carrying:

Create a list of things you are wanting to let go of. Scribble them. Go fast. Don’t think. Then go back to the list and circle the ones that feel the most potent for you right now. Give each of them a letting go story. For example, if you’d like to let go of worry about money, make Worry About Money (W.A.M.) a character and let her go on a journey. Does W.A.M. turn into a seed and then become a tree? Does she fling herself into the ocean? Does she enter the Secret Service?

Let your letting go entities follow their destinies in story land. Notice how you feel in your body as you give these letting go entities a way to exit the scene, so to speak.

Feel free to join my online ZenPen community on Facebook and consider joining a live session if you can!

Click here to find out more: https://www.facebook.com/ZenPenWrite

About Courtney Putnam

I first came to healing work through art and writing. Creating collage art and poetry in particular allowed me to deeply understand the benefit of self-expression in the healing process. But, I also began to see the benefit of bodywork (manual work in the form of massage and energywork in the form of Reiki) as keys to unlocking the emotional stresses we hold in our bodies. I became a Reiki practitioner in 2002, received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2003, received my massage license in the spring of 2006, and became a Reiki Master in 2010. In my practice I bring together these three areas -- the body, the mind, and the spirit (or energy body) -- so others may experience profound and positive change in their lives.
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