Writing the Body: Awaken to the Body's Wisdom
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Writing the Body: Awaken to the Body's Wisdom

Exercises and meditations to connect to your body through writing
4.3 (4 ratings)
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Created by Lissa M. Cowan
Last updated 5/2015
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  • 28 mins on-demand video
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Tune in and listen to your body.
  • Become open to your surroundings in order to sharpen your writing.
  • Learn techniques and strategies to integrate creative work into your life so it becomes a lifelong habit.
  • Develop strategies to tame your inner voices and negative self talk.
  • Understand the importance of connecting to body awareness to deepen your writing.
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  • There are no requirements for this course other than an interest in discovering your voice through writing and exploring your creativity.
  • This course is less about completing a piece of creative writing and more about the experience of writing via the body.

Welcome to Writing the Body: Awaken to the Body's Wisdom

This course includes writing exercises and audio meditations to help you access the body's wisdom and deepen your writing practice.

Using exercises that connect you to your body, and through inspirational quotes and excerpts by poets, mystics and writers, along with writing exercises that I have developed over several years, Writing the Body helps you (as one student said) "feel into the art of writing."

If you're looking to deepen your experience of writing and to allow the body--rather than the mind--to take the lead, then this course is for you.

I tailored the exercises so that students can spend less or more time depending on what interests them.

1) Download the materials and write in the shaded boxes for each exercise.

2) Listen to the meditations for each section. These are found starting in Section 7.

The course includes

  • 4.5 minute introductory video
  • 14 audio meditations
  • 62 pages of materials
  • 27 writing exercises
  • 14 body exercises
  • Quiz

Design of course materials by Pam Lostracco, artist, designer, muralist.

Many thanks to Anita Neufeld for her video and editing expertise, and to Christine Gibson of Code N Graphics for her participation as "student" in the film.

Who is the target audience?
  • Those who want to explore their creativity through writing.
  • Those who want to learn how to write primarily from the body instead of the head.
  • People who want to deepen their writing practice.
  • Those who want to explore the mind-body connection through writing.
  • Those wanting to journal and discover unknown parts of themselves through creative work.
  • Those wanting to experience creative flow on a daily basis.
  • People who have had trauma or suffer from illness and want to connect to the body’s wisdom on their journey to healing.
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Curriculum For This Course
21 Lectures
What is Creativity?
1 Lecture 00:00

Module 1-- Accessing your inner creative source

Where does creativity begin? How does it manifest within us? Oftentimes, we have an idea for a story or poem and work towards what we think the final outcome should be like. Yet only using the mind when we write gives us a narrow view of the creative process. Exercises and readings in this module will encourage you to connect to the body in a way that develops increased awareness and eventually brings your own writing to life. How does it feel in your body when you write? Do you notice any aches, pains or areas that require attention? We will move through these and other questions as you strengthen your connection to your body, enter into a meaningful and loving dialogue with yourself and expand your sensual awareness.

Intentions for Module 1

1. Learn to notice how your body feels when you write.
2. Learn to listen to what your body is telling you and to follow your inner guidance.
3. Explore ways to use your body or intuition to guide the creative process.
4. Develop the ability to write from a deep place of knowing.

Preview 11 pages
What's Your Story?
1 Lecture 00:00

Module 2 – Taming the mind voices

If you have ever meditated before then you’ll know how difficult it is to calm your mind. No sooner do we sit down, when we are distracted by our thoughts. When we write there are all kinds of voices that can come up, and not just ones that remind you to buy milk or take out the garbage. Writing is a quiet, solitary activity that creates a sacred and safe space for connecting to your authentic self. Yet our inner voices might not want us to connect to the divine. As an example, they might say that we have no business taking time for ourselves to write. When we learn to acknowledge the voices without letting them run the show and discover the reasons why they are there, we can eventually tune into other more positive and powerful messages conveyed by the body.

Intentions for Module 2

1. Learn to be aware of the parts of yourself that make you feel small.
2. Accept that your voices exist and invite them to partake in your creative process.
3. Practice self-love as you open to your creativeness.
4. Use the voices as a way to strengthen your creative potential.

Making Friends With Your Mind Voices
11 pages
Learn How to Connect to Your Body's Wisdom
1 Lecture 00:00

Module 3 – Listening to the body’s messages

All creative acts begin in the body. Listening to what your body is telling you can help you to develop authentic stories that not only make you come alive but also connect you to others through your writing. Exercises and readings in this module will help you to identify the body’s messages and develop a grounded and vibrant mind-body connection. What are some messages your body is telling you? How can you learn to tune into them and access the body’s wisdom whenever you wish? Here, we will also look at the role of dreams in self-discovery and the creative process.

Intentions for Module 3

1. Practice deep listening.
2. Develop a grounded and vibrant mind-body connection.
3. Use the messages you hear to fuel your writing practice.
4. Learn to access the body’s wisdom whenever you wish.

We All Have Stories to Share
12 pages
How to Develop Creative Awareness
1 Lecture 00:00

Module 4 – Body messages as stories
Our bodies are made up of water, fat, muscle and bone, but also memories and stories about our past and of who we are. Being able to access the abundant creative source locked in the body is critical to expanding our creative awareness. Being more connected to our physical experience also allows us to connect more deeply to our characters’ lives and to the worlds they inhabit. We learn to create authentic situations in our writing and to craft stories that ring true to others and to us. As we become better acquainted with our bodies we learn to use the body’s messages as creative nourishment for our writing.

Intentions for Module 4

1. Practice expanding your creative awareness.
2. Connect more deeply to how it feels to simply be.
3. Use the body’s messages as creative nourishment for your writing.
4. Learn to write authentically.

Tapping into Your Hidden Stories
12 pages
Learn to Tune In
1 Lecture 00:00

Module 5 – Lifelong creative practice
Committing to the creative process shows self-love and a recognition that we are worthy. When we take time to connect to the body’s wisdom through a creative act such as writing, we discover our true nature. This module will teach you how to develop strategies to ground yourself in the present in order to create your sacred space for self-expression. What items inspire you in your life and how can you use them to your creative advantage? Perhaps you have an inspiring statue or favourite pen you can bring into your writing space. Or maybe you have found that writing by hand rather than on a computer connects you in a more direct way to your body and its wisdom. Remember that there is no difference between the spiritual and physical realm; they are one in the same. When we nurture a deeper connection to material life we begin to uncover the life of the body and to forge a true relationship to the world--our divine birthright.

Intentions for Module 5

1. Learn to see what is beneath the surface of things.
2. Draw on your stories and those of your ancestors for inspiration.
3. Learn to view your dreams as connecting you to your true nature.
4. Commit to showing up creatively every day.

Creating a Writing Habit
16 pages
Creativity Quiz and Resources
1 Lecture 00:00

This quiz focuses on helping students identify potential blocks to creativity and understand the importance of taking time out to be creative.

How creative are you?
10 questions

A brief introduction of materials for study. Please note that there are dozens more amazing resources out there. This is just a start!

1 page
What is Creativity?
2 Lectures 05:27

This exercise will begin to make you aware of the connection between body awareness and creativity.

Preview 01:29

This exercise explores the 'cradle of our being.'

Preview 03:58
What's Your Story?
2 Lectures 02:20

Do you have a creativity mantra? This exercise explores the connection between our thoughts and body sensations.

Preview 01:39

This is a writing exercise to help you de-stress.

Preview 00:41
Learn How to Connect to Your Body's Wisdom
5 Lectures 11:26

This exercise will get you ready and limbered up for writing.

Preview 01:08

This exercise looks at the importance of your senses when creating.

Preview 05:17

This exercise looks at the colour, depth and texture of emotion and how it interacts with the body.

Body Feelings and Emotions (Exercise #3)

This exercise helps you connect more readily to your heart.

The Many Wonders of the Heart (Exercise #4)

This exercise teaches how to access the body's wisdom with greater ease.

The Divine Life of the Body (Exercise #5)
How to Develop Creative Awareness
2 Lectures 03:45

This exercise is about taking time to receive the world around you without judging or reacting.

Receiving What is Around You (Exercise #1)

This exercise helps you learn to use body awareness in your writing.

Body Messages as Stories (Exercise #2)
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About the Instructor
Lissa M. Cowan
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500 Students
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Author, Creator, Storyteller

Lissa M. Cowan helps people tease out the stories inside us that seek to be heard. She is the author of Milk Fever, a novel, is a Huffington Post blogger and writes for Canadian and U.S. publications. She speaks and writes about writing, storytelling and creativity.

She has written and told stories since she was six years old and has received awards for her writing from the University of Victoria's Writing Department and from The Banff Centre, Alberta. She is an alumna of The Banff Centre and The Victoria School of Writing.

Lissa believes that inspiration for writing can come from anywhere and that lifelong creativity begins by cultivating a deep awareness of ourselves and our place in the world. She coaches her students to connect to their deepest selves, their longings, their memories, their shadows, and to trust their bodies to bring them to the truth of their lives.

She holds a Master of Arts degree in English Studies from l'Université de Montréal and a Harvey Southam Graduate Diploma in Writing and Editing from the University of Victoria, British Columbia. She lives part-time in Toronto and on Vancouver Island.