Expressing through the Elements
May 26, 2021
Week Three – Expressing Through the Elements
Look deep into nature,
and then you will understand everything better.
Welcome to Week Three of the Writing Dance
Our writing practice this week is called, Un-naming. In our time together, we will invite an item from nature, and the elements of earth, wind, air or water to draw us into a time of writing that engages us creatively with the wisdom of the natural world. Through this practice, we may discover that a poem, a blessing or a prayer naturally emerges.
Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature.
It will never fail you.
-Frank Lloyd Wright
The Writing Practice
The writing practice we will be exploring this week helps us experience nature through our senses. We will see nature with new eyes by lifting the usual labels that we use to name aspects of natural world. As we lift the labels, something new is revealed that gives us fresh, descriptive language to express our deeper connection to the world within and around us.
Please click the link below for the handout that describes this practice.
Words of Inspiration
Mark Nepo is a poet and author who is inspired by nature. Here is a link to an interview he did with Tami Simon from Sounds True. His writing process connects to our writing practice today.
“To walk quietly until the miracle in everything speaks is poetry, whether we write it down or not.”
I hope that you have enjoyed this writing practice and that you discovered a treasure waiting for you as you worked with it. May you come back to this practice whenever you need to mine the gold from your experiences in nature.
Connect & Share
You are invited to share a word of wisdom about your experience with this writing practice. So often, what we share will help another, so may our words be ones that encourage and support one another.