I am excited to announce that I have been hard at work on my next book release and we are on the fast-track for a Spring 2013 release! Whoot! The book, Returning-a Woman’s Midlife Journey to Herself, is thirteen years in the making. It is a collection of poetry and prose that came forth out of my own journey to finding myself and provides exercises to assist other women in their own journey of returning. In the coming weeks, I will be offering you a sneak peek into Returning and inviting you to contemplate your own longing to come home (to yourself, that is). Today, the Prologue and author’s bio:
It was in high school Theology class where I was first introduced to writing as a form of prayer, but it wasn’t until it was required as part of my ministry training that I uncovered the profound gift of journaling and was compelled to embrace it as a spiritual practice. Before I knew it, writing became my primary vehicle for guidance, healing and comfort. I learned that as I wrote my struggles, I found insight and understanding. When I wrote through my pain, I found relief. As I wrote to who I thought myself to be, I discovered more.
Writing became the vehicle through which I came to know God, found meaning, purpose and connection in my life, but most importantly, it is through writing that I have come to know myself. I soon discovered that as I shared writing practices with my clients and students, that they too began to find themselves. It is toward this end that I share the writing that came forth out of my own journey and the tools that helped me along the way.
But this volume is more than just my own personal confession. The exercises offered here are intended to help you to get in touch with Yourself – the quiet, often hidden truths that are seeking to be known and seeking to be made known, and to empower you to provide a safe place where these truths can find their way into your life. The exercises can be as simple as reading a poem or piece of prose and finding a word or phrase that speaks to you and creating your own poem using these words or as complex as pulling something out of thin air. But it is not only in writing that we find ourselves, it is also in using our imaginations, in dreams and daydreams, in drawing and coloring, in music, in body awareness, and in ritual. The ways in which we find ourselves are endless, we just need to invite ourselves in, create a safe space free of critique, and let her speak. (In support of the no-critique rule, this volume is being purposefully released raw and unedited because the last thing we need, when writing to find ourselves, is someone telling us our poetry is crap!)
As you prepare for this journey, you will need four things: a hard-bound journal with BLANK pages, your favorite writing pen, a 64 box of Crayola® crayons, and finally, courage – courage to allow your hidden truth to let itself be revealed. And as it has done for me, may your writing lead you to Yourself.
Lauri Ann Lumby has been known as mother, daughter, sister, friend, wife, lover, student, teacher, counselor, minister, healer, writer, poet, heretic, witch, shit-disturber, and blasphemer. After forty-eight years of asking the question, “Who am I?” Lauri has come to the realization that she is just plain Lauri, and that on any given day, she can be whomever she wants to be. Lauri is the author of the blog, Your Spiritual Truth and the books, Authentic Freedom – Claiming a Life of Contentment and Joy and Christouch – a Christ-centered Approach to Energy Medicine through Hands-on Healing. She is also the owner of Authentic Freedom Ministries in Oshkosh, Wisconsin where she lives with her two amazing children. You can learn more about Lauri, her professional services and workshops at http://yourspiritualtruth.com.