why I wake early
a writing workshop to empower aging with purpose
a new medical study backs up the idea that an intentional, meaningful daily existence translates to a healthier life over a lifetime. knowing what we are going to do with this day empowers us to move in the world as our best, most present selves.
through a series of four 1-hour writing sessions, this workshop supports participants in exploring what is particularly unique and powerful about this time of their life.
simple writing exercises (group and individual), along with shared readings and discussion, will ultimately lead to each participant creating their own Good Morning Manifesto*. this Manifesto will be filled with what speaks to their hearts and their minds to start the day in greater joy, love and purpose.
*a manifesto is a declaration of your rules for your life—what you value and what you want to remember.
click to read my own “good morning manifesto” :
The poem by Mary Oliver that first inspired the workshop:
Why I Wake Early
Hello, sun in my face.
Hello, you who make the morning
and spread it over the fields
and into the faces of the tulips
and the nodding morning glories,
and into the windows of, even, the
miserable and crotchety–
best preacher that ever was,
dear star, that just happens
to be where you are in the universe
to keep us from ever-darkness,
to ease us with warm touching,
to hold us in the great hands of light–
good morning, good morning, good morning.
Watch, now, how I start the day
in happiness, in kindness.
“You have opened the door, for me, into a penetrating way to examine my life and to make a manifesto of
how I want to finish my days… Many thanks.” —Janice E.