Writing for Renewal in Chaotic Times


If ever there were a time when we need all the resources we can get to find a sense of calm and centeredness, this is it. We are attempting to move forward after two years of quarantine in a time of global unrest, political divides and socioeconomic challenges. Even our planet is suffering and vulnerable. Fortunately, there are several simple yet profound writing exercises that can help us to shore up our resources and regain our inner peace. So, find some time to brew a cup of tea, sit in your most comfortable chair, and write some reflections on the following suggested prompts.


In Leia Francisco’s, Writing Through Transitions, she recommends calling to mind a past transition that you successfully navigated. Calling to mind a past success emboldens us to believe we can navigate the current storm as well.


  1. Make a list of all the resources you had that got you through that time.

  2. Next, make a list of all the resources you currently have that bring you a sense of strength and calm. The list can include your work, education, your gifts and talents; friends, family, mentors, pastors, practices such as yoga, meditation, prayer, poetry, time in nature, your spiritual practice, inspirational books and music.

  3. Call to mind and list your core beliefs or capacities. Things like honesty, integrity, gratitude, creativity, kindness, community, leadership, receptivity, and curiosity. Take a few minutes to write about the ways your core beliefs have helped you to help yourself and others in stormy times.

  4. Next, Name it. Giving your transition or challenge a name helps to clarify what you are going through.

The Power of Metaphor-Metaphor is a literary device that imaginatively draws a comparisonbetween two things. You may want to use metaphor in your description of your current transition or challenge. Here are some examples:

the Covid roller coaster…

a safe harbor…

a ray of hope…

spreading my wings…

feeling blue…

my guiding light…

time to blossom…

three-ring-circus…

heart of gold…

blowing off steam…

grief has teeth…

heart of stone…

swimming through an ocean of loss…

drowning in the political soup…


When you are finished with your writing session, reread what you have written. Then write a sentence that sums up the theme/s that emerged. Make a note of any new insights that surfaced. Many people find it helpful to write at the same time each day, making it a ritual. Plan to spend 15 to 20 minutes for each session. Whether you are a seasoned writer, or new at this, feel free to leave a comment below with questions or comments and include any “aha’s” or surprises that came up for you.


Happy Writing!



Leslie Teyssier, BS, CHTP


Leslie Teyssier is certified in Therapeutic Writing, is a Transitions Writing Specialist, and an IFS informed Expressive Arts Group Facilitator.


In 2017, Leslie and Anne Day, both Certified Healing Touch Practitioners, founded Healing Journeys Productions, with the goal of creating Healing Touch Instructional DVDs for the benefit of the Healing Touch community of students and instructors.