Mara Glatzel is one of my favourite people in the world. The whole wide world. Her beautiful blog is a tour de force of body love, authenticity and being the best person you can be. I consider us online soul sisters. Mara has written a guest post for us today on the amazing power of writing in honour of her newly released ebook – ‘Body Loving Homework: Writing Prompts for Cultivating Self Love.’ I’ve read it. It’s divine. And you can win a copy. I also have three double passes to the inspiring new Aussie film ‘The Sapphires’ staring Jessica Mauboy and Deborah Mailman to give away. Gifts galore!
Learning how to own our own power, the honest and soul-filled goods that we have to offer, is the careful process of figuring out who we are and how we can harness those truths to serve the world around us. It is the process of digging deep and asking the questions that lurk on the periphery of our consciousness:
What makes me truly happy?
What am I best at?
How can I begin to permit myself the space and freedom to allow those gifts to be seen by the world around me?
At first, and especially when we are young, our power is mitigated by those words that we have internalized over the course of our lives. These are the subtle (and not so subtle) expectations of our parents. The social rules that we have accumulated around belonging and not belonging. The beliefs that we hold close about what it requires to become who we want to become: loved, successful, and happy. We are married to those ideas – believing deeply that without them we would not stand a chance at survival. Without them, we might cease to exist.
Often your purpose or your calling, is hidden there, buried deep beneath the rubble of: what should I do next to please as many people as possible, and come out on top? And so you must begin an internalized search and rescue mission, becoming adept in removing the debris shaken loose and uncovering the buried gems – your authentic self – that is hiding out, waiting.
Frequently, when we begin the process of digging deep and uncovering our best, most essential self, the words hidden there are stuck in our throats – thick and untrained by lack of use. Even when we begin to know what we’d like to say, if we could just figure out just how to say it, we are unable to get the words out.
This moment, this exact moment, is the writing time – the time when you know there is something more to be said, but you falter every time you open your mouth. This is the moment where the beautiful freedom of pen-to-paper can save us from months or years of wondering, where should I begin? How should I begin? What if no one takes me seriously? What if what I uncover there is radically different from how my life looks, on the outside, today?
The healing power of writing lies in coaxing out our secret truths, our most heart-felt prose, and committing to the intermediary step of sharing it with the page. It lies in the moment of deciding to believe in our own power by making real all those words that we’ve been holding on to. It is the sharing of our stories, authored by our own hand, and carefully crafted in our own words.
Even before you share these words with a single other soul, your authentic self is fortified by seeing its truths in hard-copy.
With every word you write, your dreams are embolded and you have embarked on the process of freeing yourself from all that has tethered you down.
With every word you write – you give yourself permission to speak your truths out loud, in the light of day.
When you are scared and unsure of how to begin, begin like this: pull out a fresh page, grab your pen, and write the words, “I am…” Allow your story to transform there, intricately woven and impressive. Allow yourself to deepen into the idea that you are deserving of a page of your very own. Allow yourself the permission to begin today.
Mara Glatzel is a self-lovecoach+ author of BodyLovingHomework: WritingPromptsforCultivatingSelf-Love. She works with women who are ready to create the lives they want — and deserve. Her blog —MedicinalMarzipan — has inspired thousands of women to heal their relationships with their bodies, and treat themselves with relentless compassion. Catch up with her on facebook, twitter, or join her body-lovingmailinglist for bi-monthly secret swapping and insider news.
Thank you Mara. You write so beautifully and I certainly encourage all my counselling clients to journal and write for themselves, especially when the words they want to say don’t come easily. To win a copy of Mara’s ‘Body Loving Homework: Writing Prompts for Cultivating Self Love‘ leave a comment for me below sharing with us what you would most like to write about now or memories you have of something you wrote or kept such as a diary, journal or blog that inspired you. Also as part of this giveaway I have three double passes to the divine new movie ‘The Sapphire’s’ which is set in the ‘60s, telling the story of a quartet of young, talented singers from a remote Aboriginal mission, discovered and guided by a kind-hearted, soul-loving manager. Receving a ten minute standing ovation at the prestgious Cannes Film Festival, this one’s sure to be an inspirational watch.
Mara will have the difficult task of picking the winners of this giveaway (4 in total!) with all entries to please be in by August 12th, 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. Please indicate in your comment if you are from Australia as passes to the film are only available to Australian residents. Mara’s beautiful book is available to everyone worldwide from New York to Norway and everywhere in between!