By Pooja Jain
Words can shatter your world.
“You have cancer” – who wants to hear that?
But words can also help one to heal, reflect, and recharge. Who knew that?
Expressive writing by Thomas Dooley has opened a “Word Wonderland” for me.
Zooming every Monday with a group of amazing superwomen and a superman is a treat that we all want to enjoy together. We write our hearts out, enjoy the wonderful poetic world, and we create our own.
Thomas gives us a writing prompt to kickstart our thoughts e.g. I feel, I wish, I am …. We share a sentence or two. It never fails to surprise me that usually we are speaking each other’s mind. A group of people sitting miles apart, never met yet so alike… we are all humans… just in different costumes.
A poem on “Sea” can bring up a happy childhood memory for one person but can also remind another person of surfing the waves of loss or personal battle and tough times. We have laughed, giggled, and shed tears together.
A poem can help break the ice and dive in having a deep, meaningful conversation going…
That is my share of expressive writing...
Get going and read a poem tonight at your dinner table with your loved ones… Enjoy your own “Word Wonderland”!
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