We gathered inspiring quotes from people and added into a word cloud to remind us. This week, we had a couple of new members. Hearing voices speak from the heart is inspiring.Some really moving writing thanks to everyone who came!
Here’s a selection of what we did:
We read Mary Oliver, The Summer Day,
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?
The poem is available here:Mary Oliver, The Summer Day
Then, we wrote about what we would do with this wild and precious life…
Later we spoke about writing something for our booklet for October’s Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. Passion is the theme for the festival, so we had a shot at writing our words that we associate with passion.
Here is my starter list of words:
Try it! Write a simple list- if you want to, you can start with one of these words or not – whatever you write is right!
Then write your own list of words that you connect with passion.
You can have many passions in life – not just one!
The group came up with:
If anyone has a bash at this above exercise or has any ideas for a jazzy title for the publication of photographs and poems Festival please let me know!
We also read Ellen Bass’s the Thing is and used our mantra “dot dot dot” to write in response to it…
The Thing Is
To love life, to love it even …
when you have no stomach for it
when grief weights you like your own flesh
only more of it, an obesity of grief,
you think, How can a body withstand this?
Then you hold life like a face
between your palms, a plain face,
no charming smile, no violet eyes,
and you say, yes, I will take you
I will love you, again.