Fairy Tales, Myths, and Archetypal Stories Stories like The Red Shoes, or The Wild Swans, or the thousands of versions of The Handless Maiden, give us insight into the patterns of our own stories. Here are some ways to explore those stories in more detail than we might have time for in our workshops, and also links to resources such as the wonderful work of Clarissa Pinkola Estes, the author of ‘Women Who Run with the Wolves’.
Beauty, Elegance and Calming our Souls The specific environment that we surround ourselves with, even down to the clothes we wear and the music we listen to, can change the way we are able to be in relationship with our larger world every day. And because so often, how we choose to dress, what we choose to surround ourselves with, and how we balance our lives, reflects something about the stories we tell ourselves, I’ve learned to indulge myself in an exploration of themes and ideas about how attending to the beautiful (however you define that) can give solace and breathing room to an exhausted spirit. You may disagree — I’d love to hear your comments as you peruse some of these sites and resources.
Fiction and Other True Stories For those of you who enjoy the magic of a good book. This section will offer random recommendations with a bit of an explanation about why I appreciate them. They will span most time frames, and may completely leave off some of your favorite contemporary writers. That’s because sometimes I go for many months without reading anything on recent best-seller or award lists. Some of the books recommended here will be also referenced above in the Fairy Tales, Myths and Archetypal Stories category, like Margaret Atwood’s The Robber Bride. And, sometimes I just like to read something from the ‘popular’ or mystery or rather generic lists — as long as it is decently written, the characters are interesting, and I can’t quite predict the plot by Chapter 3, I’m in.
Deepening Practices I suppose this section should be titled something like: Eclectic and Uneven Explorations, since I’ve rarely explored a topic or practice in a linear fashion. Some of the resources here will be recommended only based on referrals from friends or friends of friends. They represent different entry points or ways to expand your knowledge of certain practices or theories. I do not pretend to be an authority on any of these practices, but I do continually look for additional, and/or new information, and these are some of the essays, books, sites, that have either opened my eyes in a new direction, answered a question or two, or, in some cases, made me mad. You might find something here that interests you.