Collective Breath – Episode 47 – 5/30/21 – Transcript


Week of Sunday, May 30th, 2021

Number of people attending Facebook (personal portion):

Number of people attending Zoom Meet (group portion):


“Don’t feel bad about feeling bad. Don’t be frightened of feeling afraid. Don’t be angry about getting angry. There is no need to give up when we are feeling depressed. Nor should we be dismayed at the grief which often accompanies the outgrowing of anything which needs outgrowing. We can be glad that our soul is speaking to us and pushing us onwards. We frequently need to persevere with a period of inner turmoil before the dust can settle and be swept out the door.”

— Donna Goddard, The Love of Devotion

A transcript of this segment and each subsequent session will be posted (for anyone interested) at which is my main outlet for personal poetry and photography: Sideways Eight Projects.

If your word matters to you, if words matter to you, make the promise first, then spend every moment living your way into the fulfillment.

Hello fantastic people! My name is Jesse James Ziegler. I am the current Poet in Residence for the Bruka Theatre of the Sierra in Reno, Nevada. I’m a member of the Sierra Literary Cooperative and the spoken word/poetry contributor to Reno Arts News. I am an active poet, special event MC, principle photographer, special event series host, and now weekly wellness writing workshop host in collaboration with Spoken Views Collective of which I am also a Board Member.

This Weeks Writing Prompt:

This week’s Prompt : How does individual healing bring about community healing?

I want for this podcast style personal portion to contain information about famous writers and their quotes as well as, futuristically speaking, local guests to this program who help everyone involved gain a diversity of perspective and positively impact our individual process.

Quote(s) of the Week:(6)

“Healing is impossible in loneliness; it is the opposite of loneliness. Conviviality is healing. To be healed we must come with all the other creatures to the feast of Creation.”

— Wendell Berry The Body and the Earth

”Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.”

– Tori Amos

”Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn’t you – all of the expectations, all of the beliefs – and becoming who you are.”

– Rachel Naomi Remen

”Healing yourself is connected with healing others.”

– Yoko Ono

“The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.”

— Marianne Williamson

“Isolation is at the heart of all disease, therefore healing requires community and the support of others.”

— Sharon Weil

I’m hoping this sharing and vulnerability I’m demonstrating will encourage others who love creative writing as well to open up, by sharing from their innermost, related to the topic provided. I’m hoping we all gain perspective, compassion, hope, and discipline through such organized sharing.

Piece or Pieces of the Week: (3)

In flight instructions


In need

For further personal reading

Healing individuals heals communities

Systemic Change

Life After Trauma

Community Healing

Next Week’s Writing Prompt:

Which will also be posted across Collective Breath and Bruka Theatre’s social media platforms: If your life were to be broken into seasons of a series others could binge watch,

what would the names of some of the episodes be?

Shout Outs

to Donald Griffin of Black Wall Street

for grinding constantly and helping to improve

our community daily.

to Shaughn Richardson and Cesar Lopez

of the Up in The Mix Podcast

for making me think differently

about life, in a good way every time


to Jennifer Calzada and Sa Moura Horsley

for co-creating the Bruka Poetry Gathering

segment with me as a contribution, on behalf

of poetry as an art form, for Bruka Theatre’s soon to be released ‘Biggest Little Theatre Festival for Youth’

to Iain Watson of Spoken Views Collective

who has given me wonderful opportunities to share what I love, even when it hurts, especially when it hurts, when I’m tired, cranky, cynical, or unappreciative, thank you.

to everyone out there doing the shadow work

improving themselves so they may contribute more to their neighborhoods, their communities, their cities, states, countries, cultures, and humanity at large. Keep up the good work.

Closing Sentiments and an Invitation

“Our survival depends on the healing power of love, intimacy and relationships. As individuals. As communities. As a country. As a culture. Perhaps even as a species.”

— Dean Ornish

That’s it for my personal portion. If this is where you get off this train of thought, because you checked in to listen, thank you for tuning in and absorbing. I appreciate your time and consideration. If you are here for the Weekly Wellness Writing Workshop group portion via Zoom Meeting, please transition to that application now using the link provided in the details/description section of the Bruka Theatre Facebook Event Page for ‘Collective Breath’. The link to watch previous episodes is in the bio section of the Collective Breath Instagram page @biggestlittlecollectivebreath

‘Keep’ (my frictionless benediction)

Keep writing. Keep your heart open and your mind aware. Keep coming back for more. Keep going. Keep giving. Keep doing. Keep daring to believe in a better way of living. Keep loving and creating. Keep each other safe and sound. Keep it real, and keep the faith. I love you. Goodbye for now.






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