DIY Wellness: Unfolding Your Own Myth

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Prepare

Create a comfortable, quiet space, and put a large sheet of paper in front of you. Have your favorite journal by your side. Use a gratifying writing instrument, be it a Sharpie, an ink or paint pen, a pencil or even a collection of colored markers. I have a favorite ink pen that feels wonderful to write with, and it makes such a difference in the quality and fluidity of my writing. Take a moment to close your eyes or soften your gaze and breathe deeply. Settle yourself; exhaling slowly naturally relaxes the body. We are going to invite your imagination to guide you in hearing and unfolding your own myth, your own symbolic story.

Experience

Take a few moments to write your responses to the following questions on the sheet of paper in front of you. Write freely and take space on the page wherever you feel moved to write. Trust your imagination, your inner world, to bring forth images and responses.

What was your favorite story, fable or myth when you were young?

Was it one that you read, watched or created yourself?

Was there a special animal, character, object or location you connected with?

Maybe a place in nature such as a special tree, a heroine, a magical power or a stuffed animal that felt absolutely real?

What experience in the story was most compelling for you? What caught the light of your imagination, of your young wisdom?

If you find that you are drawn to different moments in different stories, feel free to combine elements of more than one story.

Explore

Now take a walk around your room, home or personal space as if you were an explorer discovering it for the first time. Notice what you see and what surrounds you. Notice the images, colors, textures, objects, symbols, views, faces, music and books. Write down or draw symbols for these observations on your paper. Look with the curiosity of an anthropologist trying to know the story of the person who dwells here.

Take your time. When you feel complete, sit in front of your paper, which by now may be filling up with words and/or images. This is the raw material for your unfolding myth, fable, fairytale or story.

Unfold

Open your journal and begin arranging the pieces before you into a story of your own. Trust yourself and try not to judge whether your story is good or bad. Let yourself be guided. Play more than think. Mythology and fairytales carry the darkness and the light, obstacles and accomplishments, moments of impasse and reunion, relationships and solitude. There is a journey that usually includes leaving home to come home to oneself. You can even begin with “Once upon a time...”

 

"Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again."
            Joseph Campbell

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