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Posted by Valerie Bradley-Holliday on November 19, 2010 at 5:20 AM

My book started out as a chart or scroll, which might make it easier for you to visualize.  The scroll was newspaper print unrolled and taped out on my wall.  I had read Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women who Run with Wolves.  In her book, she talked about descansos (crosses) that we have in our lives.  I thought I am going to see what those are and see how I was changed by those moments in my life.  I put up a little cross, I put up a date, and I put up a word. 

 

The moment was so powerful.  I had to stop to weep.

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Reply Valerie Bradley-Holliday
6:35 AM on November 22, 2010 
Please feel free to treat this other than a study group exercise. The dynamics of Study Groups are interesting. The last study group I attended, I was treated differently because I was actually completing the exercises. I was informed: "This was not simply an intellectual enterprise." Everyone else in my group had not completed the work and yet had an opinion on the work that I had completed. The process was interesting but to use the supplied metaphor, I was doing my best to paddle out onto the ocean while others were tethered to shore and holding onto my boat's rope. With that experience, I found myself intentionally arriving late and sitting by myself longing for a supportive place to rest my ideas and support my soul. My hope is that this is a resting place for sharing ideas. 2010 Valerie Bradley-Holliday, Ph.D.
Reply Valerie Bradley-Holliday
2:32 PM on November 21, 2010 
I think an integral part of the process is telling ourselves the truth. I find that we bend the truth sometimes even when there is no point. Some of us are verbal terrorists. I sometimes avoid social functions because of the second group.
2010 Valerie Bradley-Holliday, Ph.D.

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