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Jane Simington Jane Simington trauma therapist. keynote speaker. morning pages writer.

Dr. Jane A. Simington PhD. combines personal experience of healing from the traumatic loss of her son along with professional experience to help others find hope and happiness after a difficult life experience. [www.throughsoulseyes.com]

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As a grief and trauma therapist, one of my roles is to help people step fully into a new beginning after they have healed from a life crisis. I am often involved in the discovery of what is now meaningful and in guiding the search for the purpose for the rest of their lives.

I often start by asking the person to ponder the following questions:

  1. Is there something you always wanted to do, but somehow that never happened?
  2. If money were no object, what would you do?
  3. If you were to die tomorrow, what would you regret not having accomplished?
  4. If you were listening to your own obituary, what else would you want said about your life and what you have accomplished?

I also give two sets of homework. The first is to create a collage. I encourage them to sit for a few moments in silence and ponder, “What do I want my future to look like?” Then they cut pictures from magazines that represent what would be important to have as a part of their future. As they paste them onto construction paper, they continue pondering, “What do I want my future to look like?”

I ask them to identify how each picture represents a part of what they want and how that picture fits into the overall theme of the entire collage. I pay particular attention to what is in the immediate center of the collage. I know that is where a great amount of attention is now being soulfully focused. I invite the person to journal their experience and what they discovered as they created the piece.

The second is “Morning pages.” I adapted this exercise from one described by Julia Cameron in The Artist Way. Each morning, just after waking, sit in a peaceful place to write in a non-stop fashion, three pages answering the question “What am I to do with the rest of my life.” When the three pages are completed they are tucked away, unread, until after three pages have been written each morning for a month. At the end of the month the person reads the entire narrative.

Morning pages have proven a successful process for me and for each person who has completed this exercise with me. Each has been amazed at how their thirty-day reading provided clarity to the answer they were seeking to “What am I to do with the rest of my life?”

– Jane Simington

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