Posts by Nadia Colburn

Nadia is the founder of Align Your Story Writing School and Coaching, which helps women unlock their full creative voice. She's the author of the poetry book The High Shelf and her work has been widely published in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, etc. For free recorded meditation and writing sessions, writing prompts, yoga and writing videos, and other free resources for writers, visit

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What Helped Me Reclaim the Creativity I Loved as a Kid

“Absolute attention is an act of generosity.” ~Simone Weil

When I was a child, I used to write poems as presents for my parents on birthdays and holidays.

I’d sit quietly and think of what I wanted to say. Then …

Be Kind, Retrain Your Mind: 3 Tips to Overcome Negative Self-Talk

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” ~Buddha

In 1990, in an early encounter between the Dalai Lama, the foremost Tibetan teacher of Buddhism, and Western students, the Dalia Lama was asked …

The Most Powerful Tool for Healing: Tell the Right Stories

TRIGGER WARNING: This post deals with an account of sexual abuse and may be triggering to some people.

“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful parts of ourselves.” ~David Richo

In my mid-thirties, I had …