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CREATING YOUR INTENTION

 

WHAT IS INTENTION?

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, intention means:

1. What one intends to do or bring about

2. The determination to act a certain way

3. A process or manner of healing a wound

 

WHY CREATE INTENTION?

Beginning a writing workshop on sexual trauma can bring up a collection of emotions: fear, hope, shame, excitement, anger, relief. All of your emotions are welcome here. As you navigate through the writing exercises and your layered emotions, it can help to create an intention. Think of your intention as the place you can return to again and again to regain focus and become grounded.

Before you begin writing your intention, try the deep breathing video below. Deep breathing can help regulate your emotions, then you will be able to write from a place of clarity and purpose.


Video: Breathing Bubble by Calm

 

QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER

Why are you telling this story?
What do you hope to gain from telling this story?
How do you want this story to change or grow?
What would you like to feel when you tell this story?
What would you like to heal?
How has this story changed you?
What can be different in the way you tell this story?

Select a few questions or use questions of your own and free write for 20 minutes.

 
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MY INTENTION IS...

Look back over your writing. What stands out to you the most? Create an intention statement to guide you through this workshop.

 

My intention is to be as honest as possible.