I love supporting students to explore their creativity and develop their authentic expression.
As a mentor, my gift is in paying attention. Being present to my students’ stories, to their thoughts, feelings and how they interpret the world, helps me to understand more deeply who they are and what matters to them.Tuning into their unique ways of telling and sharing, I honour their particular skills, interests, passions and intelligence.
According to Psychologist and Harvard Professor Howard Gardner (1983), in his Multiple Intelligences theory, “All human beings possess not just a single intelligence.” In his list of seven intelligences, Gardner includes: linguistic, logical, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligences.
Gardner also emphasizes,
No intelligence is in and of itself artistic or non-artistic; rather several intelligences can be put to aesthetic ends, if individuals so desire.
I focus our explorations in ways that directly support student’s unique needs and abilities for expression, engaging my own particular intelligences to help me guide them beyond their limiting beliefs and patterns.
Because our ways of living, writing and telling about our lives are not fixed nor static, there is always the possibility of transformation. For example: We may think of our memories from the past as being concrete and true, yet when we write them down and speak them aloud, we do not just tell them as “the truth,” we also add our perspective to the storyline.
As writer Cynthia Chambers (1998) acknowledges:
Writing is a way, and not necessarily the only way, to open up the word and the world, and our lives within that world for attention, discussion, understanding, re-imagining and re-creating, as well as for a profound acceptance of what is.
According to the practice of Narrative—whether Inquiry, Psychology, Therapy, Research, Pedagogy or Medicine—our stories are always in the process of shifting and changing. We may tell our experience one way today, and then describe it in a completely new way tomorrow. Although we become accustomed to telling the same story over and over again, there is always the possibility of changing the story.
An amazing truth about narrative, we can always tell a new story, and thus write ourselves into a new way of being. This has been my journey over the past nearly thirty years, begun when I opened my first journal and started to write my life. Writing and rewriting my stories in my journals, poems, plays and books, I have been exploring new ways of telling who I am and what matters to me.
Through the words on the page as well as through dance, photography and collage, I have been learning to move past old stories of shame, doubt, not being good enough and fearing what others will think. Through this life-long creative process, I have been crafting a new life of love and beauty, creativity and compassion.
This transformational process is the process of Loving Inquiry. It is how I support women to heal and expand their lives.
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