Memoirs of Place
Place is a part of every memoir because it is the context for every life (e.g., your home, school, community, county, city, state, or country).
Place is very significant for childhood and family memories.
WRITE: Do some timed freewriting (e.g., five minutes) and list some places of importance to your life. Then list some places you’ve traveled to for an additional five minutes.
Now select one of these places, and list your sense impressions (e.g., sensory details about the place). Then read the list to yourself and remember more intricate details.
Repeat this process with other places from your memory that are important to your life.
WRITE: Make a list of places you have traveled to. Why did you decide to go there? Use sense descriptions to give your reasoning.
Truly reflect deeply on these places and what you experienced there with consciousness.
WRITE: Let’s do some guided mindfulness. Read through the list of images below and see if any trigger a memory for you. Stare at the words. Let them absorb you. Read them aloud. Then, if/when a word triggers a memory for you, write it down and its meaning for you:
Slowly complete this exercise prior to moving forward with the workshop.
WRITE: Brainstorm to find one word of importance to summate your life. Write it down. Stare at it. Read it aloud; allow it to consume you. Then free write about the importance this word has in your memory.
What does this word communicate regarding you and your life? Does it render an alternative meaning now rather than it did in the past? Continuously repeating this exercise will aid you in progressing with your memoir regardless of the direction your memoir is headed in.
Now, take personal inventory.
Are you where you want to be with your memoir writing? Which writings have the most promise? What else do you want to include? Is your writing a revelation of who you truly are? Have you gained some knowledge of self?
Whatever you have written is a gift to yourself, whether or not you complete your memoir.
If you do complete it, think about how you may want to share your gift with others:
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That is the last part of this online retreat workshop. Great Job!