As I write this, during an ice storm, we’ve just finished the second week of classes. A few nights ago, my class “Contemplation and Imagination,” a writing and mindfulness meditation workshop for honors students, met.
That night’s exercise:
- Write down a list of three experiences that you regard as defining moments in your life.
- Choose one that you are willing to tell to another student in class.
- Find a partner and, in about five minutes, tell your story to her.
- Listeners should just listen. Don’t respond, either to approve or express sympathy or question. Just listen, attentively, openly.
- Switch roles.
The students formed groups of two, exchanged stories, and then returned to the classroom.
The next instructions:
- As accurately as you can, write down your partner’s story.
- Write it in the first person, as if it were your story. [Read more…]