Practice of Being Seen

3 Ways to Connect to Creative, Healing Magic (even in the midst of chaos)

3 Ways to Connect to Creative, Healing Magic (even in the midst of chaos) | by Marisa Goudy, copywriting and writing coach Stringing together sentences. Putting paragraphs in their place. Writing the stories that reflect your own clear truth and speak to the passions and concerns of your readers… How’s that going for you right now?

I have to admit, the whole writing process has gotten a bit… well, weird for me over the last few months. When I can focus, I can still make the words come together (copywriting work for healers and therapists with big hearts and big visions has been such a solace). But when it comes to developing blog posts, I feel completely stuck.

What do you write when your head & heart are too full?

When information overload related writer's block hits, this is what I ask myself: what do my readers need to hear from me right now? (Maybe you need to hear that I’m struggling with the same post-election/social justice/what do we do now writer’s block that you have.)

I want to acknowledge what's going on in the greater world. There’s nothing worse than seeming tone deaf to the collective conversation. Plus, if I want to be authentic, I need to admit I’m immersed in the headlines and the editorials and the calls to action and ignoring them doesn't feel right.

And yet, I need to honor that my readers follow me to talk about writing and magic, not for my political opinions.

Silence isn’t an option - both because I have a business that needs me to build an online presence and because holding my tongue means diminishing my strength. So, now what?

In this time of confusion when it’s so hard to know what to say, I’ve decided to dance with my ideas and use my words in different ways. Lately, I’ve been called to express myself beyond the blog post, and I invite you to join me.

3 ways to connect to creative, healing magic (even in the midst of the chaos)

1) #365MagicWords: One month into this daily practice of sharing a word, an image, and a few lines of “my why,” I am so grateful I decided to commit myself to yearlong magic. Instead of thinking my way through some fully baked blog post, I use my intuition to pick up on the energy of the day. It’s been so revealing and so healing.

Alignment, comfort, flow, and movement are just a few of the words that reflect my feelings and guide my vision.

You can see my daily posts on Instagram, but I’d love for you start casting your only daily language spells. Please join the new #365MagicWords community on Facebook to share your words and your daily why.

2) The Practice of Being Seen Podcast:  Did you catch the launch buzz last week? After a year of planning, my dear friend and co-conspirator Rebecca Wong and I released the first four episodes of the podcast. There’s another on the way tomorrow.

As we say on our brand new website, through conversations and interviews, we dive into stories, myths, and psychological insights that will shift the way you see yourself and your world. We don’t promise complete distraction from what's going on in the world, but we can offer an alternative to the stressful headlines with thoughtful discussion of what it means to adjust to the "new reality." This is where I’m focusing my “how on earth can we respond to this mess?” energy and I pray that it helps you in your own process too.

Please listen, subscribe, rate, and review us on iTunes or get the episodes on our website.

3) Take this time to work on your core message. I’ve been focusing on my own website and the content over at Practice of Being Seen.

It might not be time to pour your energy into the outrage of the day and news that’s upsetting your and your clients. Instead, it’s time to get to the core of what matters to your community, how they’re hurting, and how you can help them today and for years to come. Let’s talk about how my copywriting services can help you develop your message.

How are you holding onto your own magic and creativity, even when the news makes you want to bury your face in your hands? Tell me about it in the comments.

Build your integrity by exploring your stories

Integrity. I think we all love the idea of this word. We look for it in our leaders, our healers, our partners, and in ourselves.

And yet, when you look at the definition - “Integrity: the state of being whole and undivided” - that feels like a tall order.

Think about how challenging it is to avoid feeling divided between roles you play: the parent, the lover, the professional, the seeker, the artist, the activist, the peacemaker, and the Netflix binger.

And then there are all the professional roles that tug you in multiple directions: the healer, the advisor, the creative, the manager, the marketer, the accidental social media addict, and the person who empties the trash can.

For years, I’ve grumbled about this, but lately, I hear my voice growing louder as I growl “I cannot do all the things!” And sometimes it comes out as a whimper into my husband’s shoulder “I’m sick of doing too much and feeling like none of it will ever be enough.”

But, of course, it is possible to juggle and balance these tasks and responsibilities. It is possible to work and live in the midst of the mess and feel whole. It is possible to root into the core of who you are so you can grow many strong branches that “hold all the things” (or at least the things you actually need to hold).

This quest for integrity is why we have mindfulness, mysticism, meditation, and self care. Hopefully, this quest also brings us to comforting embraces that hold us together when we seem to have misplaced our own strength.

And, this quest for integrity is always furthered when we collect and write down our stories.

Introducing the Practice of Being Seen Journal

Part of my own journey toward integration is figuring out how to present my collaborative project, the Practice of Being Seen, with a community that knows me as Marisa, the writer and storytelling coach.

I do hope I have managed to communicate that POBS is a community for therapists that I facilitate with my close friend and colleague Rebecca Wong. And, starting in January, the Practice of Being seen is also a podcast that speaks to healers, therapists, and seekers of magic and connection.

This deepening collaboration doesn’t mean I’m leaving my “private practice” behind. It means that I’m able to strengthen my core and expand my offerings with the support of a kindred spirit.

Writing and storytelling - as well as relationships and self-awareness - are at the heart of what Rebecca and I are creating.

And so, we’ve designed a sweet little journal that is intended to help you record the stories and interconnected themes that you encounter in sessions with clients and in daily life.

Rebecca Wong & Marisa Goudy, the Practice of Being SeenI’d love to introduce you to our work at the Practice of Being Seen. And I invite you to participate and support our new venture by purchasing a journal that with further your own practice of seeing yourself and being seen by your world.

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And, if you include a note that says "pen, please!" when you check out on PayPal, I'll send you a present that reminds you to tell stories that connect! (Act before December 31 to get your gift!)

Practice of Being Seen journal & Marisa Goudy Tell Stories That Connect pen

If I don't have a chance to fill this space with words before the holiday bliss (or should we say blitz?) really sets in, I wish you and yours a warm and happy Solstice, Festivus, Hanukkah, and Christmas.

May you discover some time to write under the glow of some twinkle lights, perhaps in a journal you give as a gift to yourself!