Prompt Jar: Your Wild Soul Story

Mary Reynolds Thompson


Join Mary  Reynolds Thompson for her LIVE! With Kay chat on Thursday, March 22 at 1 PT, 2 MT, 3 CT, 4 ET. Topic: Writing Your Wild Soul Story: A Mini-Workshop.  Here are some prompts to get you started!

Who would I be if I were free? Answer this in a quick five minute sprint.

Describe a natural object that calls to you. After you have written your description or “character sketch” fill in these writing prompts.

This _[name of object]_______reflects my__[aspect of self]______. This _[name of object]______makes me feel__[describe emotional response]____.

I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.John O’Donohue. Write for 10 minutes in response to this line.

Which of these landscapes most calls to you—deserts, forests, oceans and rivers, mountains, or grasslands? Pick one and begin to meditate on it. What qualities does this landscape hold for you? For example, silence and spaciousness might be qualities of the desert. Choose one quality and  begin to write from the perspective of that quality, I am Silence…. I am Spaciousness… After you have completed your write, add a reflection write: Reading this I notice….

Only if words are felt [as] bodily presences, like echoes or waterfalls, can we understand the power of spoken language to influence, alter, and transform the perceptional world. –David Abram in Spell of the Sensuous. Go to a favorite place in nature and listen to it speaking. Then, in response, speak out loud a spontaneous poem in return. Pay attention to how the words and sounds feel in your body. After you have spoken your poem, reflect on the experience in your journal.

There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story, to be attentive. Linda Hogan in Listening to the Land: Conversations about Nature, Culture, and Eros. Write about a place, real or imagined, where you take the time to be patient, quiet, and attentive to the story that nature is telling. What do you hear when you tune in to the land? If it is possible to go to this place and listen, go there. Take your journal. Write what you hear.

Tell me the landscape in which you live, and I will tell you who you are.–– José Ortega y Gasset Write a piece about the emotional landscape you inhabit. Allow your description to be woven through with natural imagery.

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