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Ellen Morris Prewitt and Alisha Johnson Perry

We write contemplatively by following prompts that:

move us out of our habitual perspective 
teach us to let go of the way we have always written or experienced writing 
allow us to release control of the writing that results from following the process
drill inward to our core so we can move outward to connect with the world
reveal connections we didn’t see before
use objects in the world to get us out of our heads and practice embodiment 
create the stillness in active listening that lets wisdom rise
teach us not to be afraid of the epiphany
help us listen to what we need to hear
value our creations but not use them to define us or what is “lasting” 
form trust in our supportive group 
respect the wisdom of all
honor moments of silent absorbing
create community and gratitude
develop compassion for ourselves and others

Typical exercises shift point of view or physical perception, explore multiple facets of a prompt, use objects outside ourselves, break up to put back together in a new way, explore new forms of writing, use quotes, lyrics or striking lines to generate new wisdom, apply the gift of imagination to our own lives, and more. 

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