Naming the Heart
ATLAS HEART | A COLLECTION OF HEARTS SHADOWED, GILDED AND FREE
I began the daily ritual of naming my heart as a way of coping with the world I had abruptly stepped into as a single woman and mother of four young daughters. The practice became a bread crumb trail of memory, maps and pathways of thought and feeling. Ongoing stress left my brain in a deep fog and having these notes to go back to allowed me to recall days, moments and feelings that may have otherwise been lost to me. It was a way for me to focus and become more aware instead of drifting as I was. Naming the heart became a personal healing modality that allowed me to acknowledge the feelings, release them to paper, then set it aside.
I have gathered the writings and now hold in my hands the first draft of a printed book. This book contains the private collection of journal entires from the first year I was alone. Now that I'm well on the other side of that year I feel ready to breathe again. After some minor tweaks I expect to have the final product available very soon. In addition to print I have also considered offering an eBook option for those who prefer that over a printed book.
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All of my love and deepest gratitude,