Saturday, July 2, 2011
In a Zen story, tigers pursue a man to the edge of a cliff. Grasping a root that extends from the cliff face, he climbs down toward the river below and holds on. He'll either plunge to his death or the tigers will shred him.
He looks up at the sky, and notices a crevice that revals a plump and juicy berry. He plucks and eats it, the juice dripping from his chin.
So, what if there's no juicy berry?
Write a story of choices in a challenging moment?
Consider beyond taming tigers, meeting angels, or jumping into a hot air balloon as ways to create a solution to the above.
Craft your own "teaching tale." Keep CAW CAW in mind!
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Delve into your writing well-being. Take from fifteen minutes to an hour to give yourself a check-up.
Respond to these questions and others that arise as you write. Close your eyes, take several nourishing breaths. Then begin the flow of words.
As a child, do you recall the first motivation to write a story or poem? Bring this experience into view. Where were you? What prompted the writing? How did you like the results?
Move the flow of words into why you write now.
Finish with how you imagine your writing to grow and thrive. Give life to your ideas and feel the life-affirming magic of words as they color the page or screen.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
What will you appreciate? What will you ignore?
What do you have the power to change?
What does it take to accept what's given to you and spin it your way?
What do you long for?
What do you search for?
Pick up a pen or tickle the keyboard and write to the questions. Just go with it. Right Now. Just now.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Today at the supermarket as I arrived in front of the checkout line, the checker attempted a smile and said, "Hello."
"How's it going?" I asked.
The sigh deepened as she offered, "OK."
Feeling buoyant after the challenges of the last month, I spouted, "Beware of what you eat, drink and love." I stopped myself, no idea why those words collided.
She brightened and with a chuckle said, "Wow, may I write that down? That makes my day."
"Let's change it for a positive to "Stay Aware of what you eat, drink and love," I laughed and thanked her for encouraging my words to bounce.
The exchange left us both perkier.
Pushing my cart to the car, I wondered - Whatever did the words mean?
I pondered their expanded usage:
Eat! Savor healthful food and delight in the nourishment.
Drink! Indulge in every moment with all the senses.
Love! Begin by admiring yourself and give your Love away.
Creative Write: What three words come to mind for you? Where will those words take you on a writing exploration today?
Monday, June 27, 2011
A recent medical event sent me plunging and questioning into a depth of darkness. I don't often dwell in places so deep and confining. While a visit into this cave of chaos might not become an adventure for pleasure; it provides a means of self-discovery.
Inner power gained through creativity and writing activates a return to the regular self.
The humidity in the mind cavern stifled objectivity. Shouting a challenge to my Better self, I created imagery in sequences to get me through the night.
Out the stuck door I pushed, running at an even pace through a jungle, then a forest. Finally a field of wildflowers dappled in sunshine greeted me.
During the roughage of night, shadows and eyes glared from tangled vines. Creatures slithered against my arms. While shades of fear howled and clouded thinking, I kept one foot in front of another. A focus on breath and movement kept the terrors at bay.
My feet slogged in marshland with the buzz of insects pricking my skin. Like a Disney ride gone wild and off the track, my mind lurched. With measured breaths, I leaned into the corners as I kept my forward progress.
Within the monotone of darkness, my eyes squeezed until a kaleidoscopic view flavored my lids. I brushed against the final pine tree of the forest rubbing its scent among my fingers.
Once into the light, I looked at the mountain peaks that shimmered against the sky under clouds in magenta whorls. They beckoned with adventures. I found a path laced with jasmine, tuberoses and lavender. Awareness of feathers jazzing the air mingled with the rush of waterfalls re-tuned my ears.
I climbed the path toward the summit growing the buoyancy of my regular self. My prize - the panorama view from the summit.
Design a sequence of imagery to return to in times of need. Notice how much better the writing makes you feel.
Our eyes open to the wonders of the world as we watch their displays of whir in wings.
Choose hummingbird moments for today's writing. Aspire to hover and savor each moment as it passes.
Celebrate the day's flickers of magic.
Write the moments in movement.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Recall the dreams of your youth. Do they offer insight into adventures not yet taken? Do you notice undiscovered potential for your life as you review former goals?Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.- Friedrich Von Schiller
Did anyone try to distract you from your results? How did you respond?
Enjoy time to freewrite today to three dreams of youth and see where the writing takes you.