‘what is growing in you and what is dying away?’

With these questions we ended last night’s writing circle inside Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility, where our circle had just doubled in size in one session. With so many women new to our practices, I was stunned by the honesty and depth of responses to this question. Over and over, the hunger of women inside to be heard, validated;  to connect, change;  emerges loud and clear in voices ranging from muffled and scared to determined and strong. What follows are some of their responses:

Hope is growing in me. Despair is dying away.

What is growing? my spirituality, my connection in this world. What is dying? self-hatred.

Faith is growing inside of me; lies are dying away! Continue reading