The Necessity of Small Rituals

Habit The shoes put on each timeleft first, then right.The morning potion’s teaspoonof sweetness stirred alwaysfor seven circlings, no fewer, no more,into the cracked blue cup.Touching the pocket for wallet,for keys,before closing the door.How did we cometo believe these small rituals’ promise,that we are today the selves we yesterday knew,tomorrow will be?(Excerpt from “Habit” by … Continue reading The Necessity of Small Rituals

February 25, 2020: Writing & Sharing the Stories of Illness

When the heart speaks, take good notes—Joseph Campbell “A patient is, at first, simply a storyteller,” Siddhartha Mukherjee wrote in The Emperor of Maladies:  A Biography of Cancer, “a narrator of suffering—a traveler who has visited the kingdom of the ill.  To relieve an illness, one must begin, then, by unburdening its story” (p.46). Last … Continue reading February 25, 2020: Writing & Sharing the Stories of Illness

First-ever Expressive Writing Workshop for People with Heart Failure

(Article by Jeff Jurmain, Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research, "First-ever expressive writing workshop for people with heart failure," January 28, 2020, tedrogersresearch.ca). On Feb. 19th, the Ted Rogers Centre will host its first-ever expressive writing workshop for people living with heart failure. As a non-medical extension of therapy, expressive writing can deliver positive physical … Continue reading First-ever Expressive Writing Workshop for People with Heart Failure

Dec. 29th: One Guiding Word for the Year Ahead

For the past week or so, I've been playing around with words, exploring meanings and synonyms, consulting dictionaries, thesauruses, poetry and other books for the single word that will serve as my guiding intention for 2020. It’s a practice introduced to me by a friend nearly ten years ago, and one I have embraced wholeheartedly. … Continue reading Dec. 29th: One Guiding Word for the Year Ahead

November 28, 2019: A Brief Hiatus

Dear Readers of "Writing the Heart" November 28, 2019 “In Transition (again)” November 28, 2019 by Sharon A. Bray, EdD | Edit Dear Readers, Louise DeSalvo, writing in her book, On Moving (2009), puts it this way:  “The effects of moving are experienced in the body…”  I will attest to that.  My husband and I are packing up our belongings for a … Continue reading November 28, 2019: A Brief Hiatus