Imagine a day that promotes what works in the world. Choose three articles that inspire you from the news. Discover stories that explore individuals who have accomplished something positive. Find others who have shared their challenges and moved into another realm. Seek a group that has assisted a super result.
Find someone or something to believe in. Disregard all that goes wrong or does not work.
Take a walk to observe how nature collaborates in scents and colors.
Focus on becoming more than a dreamer. Carry your positivity into the world only you can influence.
Make something happen in your area of expertise.
by John Lennon
Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today... Aha-ah... Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion, too Imagine all the people Living life in peace... You... You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will be as one Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people Sharing all the world... You... You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will live as one
Imagine a Reign of Positivity and Possibility. It isn't hard to do.
We should consider touching the earth from time to time. In addition to sitting, cooking, gardening, cleaning and walking can all be part of our meditation practice, if we really connect and present awareness along the way. - David Nichtern. Nature provides tranquility and a place where we may move away from the focus on our needs and what needs doing. While observing the landscape, surrounding sounds, scents, and sights provide nourishment.
Hidden activities nurture wonder.
“The dark boughs reach out above me and encircle me like arms. I feel the assurance of being recognized, as if something powerful and protective is aware of my presence . . . I am never alone in this forest of elders, this forest of eyes.” - Richard Nelson, The Island Within
Osprey flirts with updrafts. Grips its dinner on the surge of breeze.
Only a few days out of the egg, a seagull chick wonders at gravity. Soon its flight feathers will sprout and soar it into the sky.
Connections and ways of touching the earth expand our positivity and uplift moods. Refreshed, we return to what needs doing.
San Diego Writers, Ink, serves as a hub
of the literary community, promotes literature, provides artistic development
for writers at all levels, and facilitates artistic collaboration.
A Year in Ink, an anthology published each year by the San Diego
Writers, Ink, represents a sampling of the community's most brilliant work.
Judy Reeves, editor of Volume 10, writes, "The collection begins with
Penny Wilkes's poem, "Becoming Marco Polo," which, for me,
illustrates our approach in beginning any new work. Each one a dare, an
exploration, an adventure, which is what I hope this collection will be for you
as you read through it."
Becoming Marco Polo
Outside her childhood bedroom,
a jacaranda tree rubbed the porch
in squeals that lead curiosity
like a piper.
She sneaked out the window to
squeezed the bark; arms in hug.
needed to touch the V formed by branches
the ground. If only she could reach it,
swing to the grass where adventures waited.
Night warbling continued from the
the cat, dug claws in the wood and
the highway at will. Her
tail spiraled in the breeze.
Finch chitters rose from limbs.
in and out of branches or captured ants
this Silk Road. A hummingbird made its nest
than her reach. When her father called,
looked out the window, stuck in the middle.
Again she tried, clutched with her
to find security in the roughness.
with gray bark in failed attempts
to settle into the V.
Courage grew in welts on arms and
In spring, an explosion of
flew a fragrance of musk into the
air. She took a breath
and tried once more. One
shoe felt the wedge.
Another stretch and both feet
She balanced and
looked upward into an applause
of leaves. She jumped from the V to explore the world and back before
calls and the sound of intermittent splashings drew me to cross the brook on
stepping stones that seemed to have been set out for my passage. A short
push through tall, thick growth brought me to an opening at the edge of a pool
where the lowering sun cast an otherworldly light across dark water. It
glimmered in dragonfly wings and sporadic silver-beaded sprays tossed up by
leaping frogs. Sweet songs from unseen birds drifted on the still
air. Everything was new to me, every sight, sound, and smell a new
experience. “ David Carroll from Self-Portrait with Turtles
Begin your Nature Journal on
location. Let the subtlety of your landscape soak in. Choose
several locations: a park bench, a rock ledge at the beach, a forest or any
location where you can sit for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. Capture what the
landscape sounds like. Touch and smell provide a visceral jolt to
writing. Find out the names of plants, animals and natural forms you
observe. Free write and let the words direct you.
Many questions will surface: Who
am I? Why am I here? What is my responsibility to nature? You
will discover how nature teaches rhythms and reverence for change from the
migrations of animals to the blossoms of spring.
these warm ups:
l. Listen for the sounds of the
familiar in your garden: water running, a bird song, dog barks, and wind in
trees. What sounds do you identify with home?
2. Imagine the scent of an orange
grove in blossom or a peach tree in the sun. What scents move around
you? What will the sound of rain add? Can you combine the senses in your
3. Gail Brandeis encourages
writers to describe eating a blackberry recklessly. Bring a fruit or vegetable
to eat during your journal keeping. Can you add taste to your writing?
4. Give flavor and texture to
your writing with visual imagery that moves away from the ordinary. Barry Lopez
uses raucous purple, coy yellow, prosaic blue, belligerent red.
5. Consider the mental
senses: pain, fear, love, play, humor, psychic capacity, reason, time and
intuition. Can you translate these with concrete descriptions?
Wolfgang Pauli and Niels Bohr, Nobel prize-winners, presented
many counterintuitive theories. Once while Pauli presented his ideas about a
radical new hypothesis, Bohr came out of the audience to the stage and
interrupted his colleague.
Bohr said, "We all agree that your theory is crazy. What
divides us is whether it has a chance to be correct. My own feeling is that it
is not crazy enough."
Consider your ideas and possibilities. Could they be crazy
enough to be true? Go on an unpredictable quest to free trapped vitality.
Try an experiment to awaken sluggish magic.
Look into nature for
nurture. Try combining creative ideas to develop music, literature, and
another art form.
Synthesize and coordinate
all aspects of life you do the best.
Express yourself with a
Notice with renewed
awareness areas of lifeyou take for granted.