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inner excavate-along: share your stories (chapter 7)

Today is our final Show and Tell day. In the comments today, please feel free to share links to poetry, photography, or artwork inspired by any of the chapters.

In today's video, I share one of my favorite ways to combine photographs + poetry into a journal. I also felt called to create a closing for our time together as part of today's video.

Quick supply note: I used a navy blue Cahier Moleskine + washi tape from Pretty Tape + my little Canon Selphy to print out my photos.

How Inner Excavate-along will work moving forward:

All the read-along posts will remain up on my blog, so you can revisit them at any time. The easiest way to find them will be to click on "Inner Excavate-along" in the Inner Excavation dropdown menu on my website. There you will find a link to all the Inner Excavate-along posts. You can continue to post comments and links as others will be following along indefinitely as people continue to sign up to join in. And in a week or so, I will have a new sign-up list for those who want to start the read-along at the beginning. The emails will include the posts with links to the videos + links to the blog posts so participants can continue to share their stories.

A special request:

If you have read Inner Excavation and enjoyed it, I would love for you to spread the word over on Amazon through a review so that others who are just finding Inner Excavation can join in and find their way to their dig sites and to this beautiful, inspiring community. (Thank you.)

And something just for fun:

On Monday, I'll have one final video for you that I think will bring a smile to your face. 

Thank you again for coming along. You (yes you) are beautiful and brave as you explore and share pieces of your stories through writing + photography + art. Thank you.



Update: The Inner Excavate-along was a free read-along on my blog in the summer of 2012. All the posts are here on the blog, but I'm not directing a group through it with newsletters etc. at this time. I hope you enjoy following along! Find out more about my book, Inner Excavation: Explore Your Self Through Photography, Poetry and Mixed Mediahere.

Reader Comments (15)

Thanks again for creating this opportunity for us, and for the blessing of peace.
Your book is one that I know I am going to wear out from frequent use.
My most recent "heart work" is shown in the Flckr group: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tischd/7647284972/in/photostream.
Namaste ~

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah

Thank you so so much for this beautiful journey we've all been on these past 7 weeks! So inspiring and your post and chant brought tears to my eyes. So beautiful. I know we will all be out there continuing on our inner excavation journeys.
Peace to you Liz, Thank you,

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I've been following along I just haven't gotten my work posted because I didn't want to take time to create new accounts for the photos, etc. But I have LOVED this journey and your posts and ideas and the awesome poetry and photos that others have shared. Thank you for generously sharing this with us.

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary

As I listened to you today, I had this image of me waking every morning during this incredibly hot summer we've been having and going outside to water all of my potted plants. It has been my morning meditation - watching the water revive parched soil, wilted leaves and flowers. I give the plants a good soak in the hopes that it will carry them through another scorcher of a day. It strikes me now that Inner Excavation and all of the practices you have shared has been my morning soak for the soul. I am excited to continue with these practices and love the idea of the journal you shared. I also am re-enthused to return to a blurb book project languishing on my computer - a gathering of my poem pieces with my photography. Earlier this year I did create a book of my self-portraits from a 365 project and it was really powerful to hold in my hands this record of my commitment to myself. I am all about getting photos and writing out of the harddrive and into tangible form!

Thank you for this lovely journey ... it has been exactly what I needed this summer!
xo Lis
oh, a recent blog post was definitely inspired by your feet shots and the practice of returning to this moment, getting out of my head and grounded in my life. http://dandelionseedsanddreams.blogspot.com/2012/07/just-sayin.html

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLis

Thanks to you, Liz, and all of the participants who have inspired me during these seven weeks. It's been amazing, and I am so excited to go forward with each of you on our continuing journeys!

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmelia

Your voice, so peaceful and meditative. I have read your book over and over. I'm just now finding these videos and will definitely be going through the archives to start this journey anew.

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWillow

You are so beautiful.

Do you listen to Deva Premal by chance. Think you would love her.

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Thank you so very much for this read along. I have enjoyed working on the prompts and creating a new journal. Your wonderful videos and gentle guidance helped me move forward and let go of the "not good enough" syndrome. Looking at the other participants' work has been so inspiring....their words, photos, and collages...amazing! For the first time in years, I was able to use materials that I had stored away to be used "someday". I really loved creating backgrounds using layers of various art materials. This read along was like taking a deep breath of fresh air and letting go! It came at just the right time for me. Now I am so excited to keep going....to fill my journal with lucious layers of color, texture, poems, drawings, and photos!!!
Many blessings to you and your family,
Angela Vular

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

This Excavate-Along process reminds me of a labyrinth walk – walking toward the center, the center of me. I shared a photo of a labyrinth bowl I made earlier this year on flickr along with a quote from a T.S. Eliot poem that fits a labyrinth so well.

I thought I would be most interested in the mixed media prompts but I mainly stuck to the photo and writing prompts. I really enjoyed exploring those and I look forward to continuing to explore them, especially the concept of poem notes (love the idea!) I elaborated a bit more on what these past several weeks have meant to me over on my blog.

Liz, thank you again for doing this this summer. Your gentle encouragement throughout the videos has been so helpful. To all of you, thank you for being here on this journey as well. I look forward to the continued journey.

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHolly Jeane

Thank you, Liz, for your gentle guidance, for the kindness that is innate in your work, for the light you shine to help us all along our paths. I've fallen a bit behind in the read-along (life!), but know when I can I will pick up where I left off and continue the inner work. To the other readers-along, thank you for your beautiful work shared on Flickr, you've inspired me so! Big love to all.

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSunny

Thank You for what you have started in me :)

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThesewingqueen

Liz, you are a nest builder, an inspiration, a grounding presence, and a beautiful soul. Thank you for this opportunity to inner excavate together. And huge, deep thanks to my fellow travelers; this community is what's kept me going.
Flickr: Trust
Blog: What Have I Learned?

July 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

Wonderful process with your book and your lovely videos, Liz. Thanks so very much. It's been a steep learning curve for me, trying to video my journal to upload to show everyone. I'll put small ones up of my favorite pages on Flickr - the longer video of the whole journal is just being too difficult to get uploaded. I'll have to learn more how to do it. I've learned so much about how to manage my time to make more art, and how to allow myself space to just be "me". Thanks so very much for the nudge to join this first IE group. I've so loved seeing everyone's work.

July 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRose

Thank you for a delightful journey, Liz. Not only did I gain insight and inspiration (so many new prompts to add to my toolkit!), I also made a journal over the course of the seven weeks. I am going to tuck it away for a wee while, then dig it out to use when I have forgotten what's inside. A bit like a message in a bottle...

August 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKat

I finally did it! I figured out how to make a video movie of my art journal and how to upload it to Vimeo. Here's the URL if anyone would like to see it: https://vimeo.com/46822367

I also posted the link from my neglected blog: geonorse.wordpress.com

Thanks for your patience with my first ever movie! Thanks to Liz for making all of this happen. It's just amazing what you can do.

August 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRose

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