Sunday, July 7, 2013

This Place is Yours - the book

Many of your may already be familiar with Seraphina Reynolds and the organization she created called This Place is Yours (TPIY). TPIY is a storytelling project that celebrates the human experience.

I first became aware of TPIY when I saw this gorgeous video they produced, in which Lori from RRSAHM shares the story of how she chose to write through the shock and grief of her husband's suicide.




The idea for the project came about as Seraphina grappled with her own history of abuse and depression, and found storytelling to be a central part of her healing.

TPIY officially launched five weeks ago at the Museum of Contemporary Art as part of VIVID Sydney. They unveiled their website, where readers can submit their own stories, and also their premier publication, a volume of artwork and collected narratives.

I'm honored to be one of the contributors to the publication. In it, I talk about how sharing my own story of trauma brought me together with a community of kindred souls. Their presence taught me that the road I walked, while it felt dark and solitary, was one I didn't travel alone.

The book is for sale on their website. The $50 price includes shipping (domestic or overseas) and a donation to their nonprofit.

Here are some pictures of the book from their Facebook page:








And here is a picture of the book on my bed, with a cat:




And here is the same cat, lying on my journal:




I'm a huge proponent of storytelling, as you may have surmised by now. I believe that sharing our difficult stories has the power to heal both ourselves and others. It can be cathartic and empowering, and can also open the doorway to an unexpected new community of supportive fellow travelers.

If you have a story inside of you, I highly recommend that you sit down and write it out. I think you'll be surprised by the magic that happens when you dare to use your voice.





10 comments:

  1. And your voice is one I would listen to time and again and again and again...

    LCM x

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    1. Be careful, Missy. You may have to listen to it in person before too long!

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    1. It is very beautiful and inspiring. x

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  3. Wow! That is such a wonderful idea, and something that I have been thinking about...how everyone has a story, and wouldn't it be awesome if we could listen to as many people's stories as possible and learn from one another. I can't wait to check it out. Thanks for sharing. :)

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    1. Even the most mundane stories can be fascinating when they are told honestly, and told well.

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  4. Eyes are not the window to a person's soul. It is their words and language and how they choose to use them. I'm grateful and honoured to have encountered yours in the world.

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    1. Thanks, Steve. Your words are always so poetic and truth-filled. You should be a writer or something.

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  5. Disclaimer: I am exhausted after an exciting and draining circus performance on the weekend.

    Kitty! Want to pat!

    People are the best stories.

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    1. Kitty would love some extra attention. He doesn't get enough (according to him).

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