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From Head to Hand

By: Lara Pence

Posted on June 20, 2016

Sometimes, the process of writing can unleash emotions and provide an opening for understanding that was once difficult to access. I often recommend that my clients take time to write – whether that's in a journal or on a post-it note it doesn't matter. The act of picking up a writing utensil and translating what is looming inside to the outside can be incredibly healing. When you are stuck, feeling unsure, or trying to process through something, take some time and write. Try to remove expectations for how it should look, what it should sound like, or the ease at which it should flow. Just write. No standards, no attachment to outcome. In an effort to share and be vulnerable, I wrote the following after a session with a client who was struggling with moving towards change:

The girl stands in the dark waiting to emerge. She hesitates. The shadows that engulf her feel safe, comforting. But the arms of this darkness have shown her a different story. A story filled with lies, manipulation, pernicious ideas. This darkness has been unkind, far from gentle. She takes a deep breath and begins to lift her leg. It's heavy, it hasn't been used in quite some time and it feels tired. Still she pushes on. As she makes that first step into the light her body quivers with fear. But it is right. It is time. She moves her other leg and though the tendons feel weighted it takes less effort to ambulate. Before she knows it she has emerged. Come out of the dark, stepped fully into the light. It is warm, she basks in the glow. This is better.

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