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Writing Heals Us & Clinic Update

Join us for Women Weaving Wisdom Stories

By Jane Gregorie - April 24, 2020

Well folks, apparently I spoke too soon about re-opening clinic. As many of you know, Denver county has extended the stay-at-home order through May 8th, so while we thought we could resume in-person care on May 1st, we'll be extending our closure through at least May 8th. I'm hopeful that infection numbers will drop and testing capacity will increase enough for Denver to be a safe place to get acupuncture again soon. You can always book telehealth wiht us in the meantime or a session for sometime after 5/8 online. 

It's out of our control, in the end, so we're happy to do our part to reduce the transmission of this crazy virus. If there's a silver lining, it's the fact that the mandated shut-down has taught me so much about flexibility and sitting in the discomfort of not-knowing. Letting go of what I cannot control actually feels like liberation now. Resisting the flow of things I cannot change feels like swimming upstream in a current I can't possibly overtake. And so I drift...I've spent more time this past month lounging on my bed curled up with my animals than I have in like the previous decade (and that's saying a lot since I'm someone who lounges in bed with three dogs and one cat more than the average human). I haven't Marie Kondo'ed my entire house like I planned. I haven't finished my manuscript like I "should." I haven't even read an entire book. And somehow, it feels OK. Maybe even good. Maybe even like the medicine I've needed for a long, long time. 

Speaking of good medicine, I've been practicing something called "Wild Writing" with one of my friends and mentors for many years (via Zoom before Zoom was the only place people met for classes) and I'm excited to bring my own version of this practice to you through the Women Weaving Wisdom Stories session that begins next Tuesday, April 28th. It's a free-writing practice with a simple structure: I'll a read a poem for inspiration, pick out a few lines as prompts and we'll set a timer and go for it together, putting unfiltered words on the page as quickly as our pen or keyboard allows. Then we'll share what we put down without any feedback at all. And we'll go through about three or four rounds of this process. 

In my experience, this practice has been one of the best ways to clear out the neurotic chatter in my brain, let out potent doses of story, and bear witness to the beauty of the human experience through deep listening. It's like a group therapy session for the subconscious mind. Some of my closest friends are women I've met in these writing circles, even across the time and space of the internet. We'll start next Tuesday and go for 4 weeks ($80 for all 4x), meeting from 6:00PM to 7:30PM. I know we're all stirred up by this crisis and going deep into the images, sounds, and memories inside can bring out stunningly beautiful stories we didn't even know lived in us. And we'll weave these stories together, becoming richer by holding space for each other in all our raw authenticity. Reach out to me if you have any questions. I'd love for you to join us in this powerful work. 

With Gratitude, 
Jane