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January 21, 2015

Write to Heal

Filed under: Uncategorized — freethepen @ 5:03 pm

Post traumatic stress isn’t the only cluster of symptoms that can derail a life. Sometimes we have one incident that takes over our minds and emotions disallowing us to get enough sleep, eat right, laugh, etc. such as being fired from a job we love, being misunderstood by a family member, having a one-time incident that haunts us because we cannot find a solution to employ.

Although my six-week intensive writing course Unveil the Wounded Self- Write to Heal is having stunning healing effects with students and clients, not everyone wants a six week course. In response to requests, I have designed a 1.5 Hour One-on-One Write to Heal session. Check it out here:

Studies show that writing helps the body/mind/spirit overcome difficulties.Writing strengthens the immune system that stress depletes. There are many health benefits that come about through writing. Venting through writing is certainly helpful in the moment, but true overcoming, transforming, and letting go comes from deeper writing. My workshops on The Provocation of Journal Writing evinces that through the process of journal writing for just a short time each week. Writing is one of the most valuable self-help healing tools we have.

To speak to me about this process or any of my courses, please email me at:

Keep the pen moving!

Jan, author of 11 books. – (one out of print)

January 7, 2015

Reading Poetry to Inspire Writing

Filed under: Uncategorized — freethepen @ 4:34 pm
For Dylan Thomas
Given all we are born to
In this gorgeous sunlit bower,
Whatever bonds we forge,
Even as charmed infants,  
Or the more teasing passions
We might uncover later
In this deliciously viscous,
Verdant world
They all come from this –
Our chance of flesh and blood  
And there’s no coming back from that,
Nor should there be…
For any alternative
Would be impossibly dry,
Like dancing endlessly
With tattered ghosts
Decomposing before your very eyes;
The defeated drunk at the bar,
A broken hearted chalice of dreams,
As dry as dust…
God knows though,
Tis precisely
Such a luscious procession
Of fruitful opportunity
That keeps us aglow.
So, as one long,
Lazy summer’s day
Chases on another,
Let us indulge ourselves
As kings and queens of the moment,
Quaff deeply of all that is on offer
And in loving increments
Fill our vessel to the brim.
And surely,
Better by far to live like this?
As if without a care,
In glorious good faith too,
Whilst our spirits are still eager
Our bodies abundantly charged,
Knowing that when these,
The best of our glorious days
Have been and gone,
Then to sleep contentedly with angels
Is all we could ever want.
Scott Hastie is a successful British born poet and writer, who has been has been commercially published in the UK for over twenty years now. He currently has seven titles in print, including a novel and four collections of poetry. In recent years, the spiritual tone in his maturing poetic voice is starting to draw increasing acclaim and attention from a worldwide audience, especially in the U.S. India & the Middle East.
Official twitter account: @scotthastiepoet
Scott says: I consider myself fortunate to be able to be living and writing full-time at home in the glorious Hertfordshire countryside, only a thirty minute commuter ride from London. My poetry looks to positively explore human potential, with an emphasis on love, spiritual growth and self awareness. It is very important to me that my work remains as open, accessible and as simply expressed as possible. My influences vary from the great traditional English visionary romantics like Keats, Coleridge & Blake through to the distillation of thought and leanness of expression offered by the Japanese haiku tradition and later technical breakthroughs achieved in the 1970’s by leading Scottish concrete poets Ian Hamilton Finlay and Edwin Morgan.
Thank you Scott, as usual, it is an inspiring pleasure to read your poems.
Until next post,
keep the pen moving,

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