what lingers in the soul

gratitude letter - rhythmofthehome.comOne of our weekly practices, both inside and with every group facilitated by Women Writing for (a) Change, is the post-class comment called a ‘soul card.’ This is feedback to the ‘soul’ of the group sharing both positive and negative responses of each participant to the class. These comments are read by facilitators in preparing subsequent sessions, and are available for participants to read at their leisure.

As the fall quarter comes to an end, it occurs to me that we have no official forum to share these comments beyond the circle. And yet, they speak eloquently and spontaneously to the direct experience of the women whose writing we have been featuring weekly. Below, a few from the past three months to give you an idea of how women actually feel about this work that we have been doing for the past three years:

‘I opened to thinking about what makes me vulnerable. I have always hated showing people that I am vulnerable in any way.’

‘to not judge others when meeting them; they have feelings just like me; helped me lose a lot of the fear I have to show others.’

‘grateful for listening and being heard’

‘grateful for intelligent interpersonal interactions in this group; ungrateful for the struggle to advance in this circumstance (jail)’

‘I am grateful for the consistency of the group facilitators.’

‘I am grateful for a good group of well-versed women.  I am not grateful for the end of the group.’

‘Today’s writing was hard and painful, but healing for me at the same time.’

‘I like how good this class is at keeping confidentiality and our group rules.  This group helps me and gives me faith.’

‘I just love this class, it lets me open up and be myself.’

‘It became clear that it’s time for me to feel free; to let go the worry of being scared of the unexpected.’

‘The thing that came clear to me was that a lot of people can open up. What faded away from me was that I’m not alone anymore.’

‘I love these groups. They help me to be free and open about things I’ve been holding in.’ Continue reading