Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Write Your Truth

The problems of our time are political, ecological, economic—but the solutions are cultural. How do people speak their truth? How do we listen eloquently? If communication is the fundamental alternative to violence and injustice, what is the work of each voice among us?  - Kim Stafford

If you had access to resources of power and possibility, what solutions would you pose to solve issues that face our country?

Choose one concern to investigate. Rather than take sides or shred current views, let your creativity and writing skills launch an alternative.

Write to present creative solutions and uncover ideas when you speak your truth. Pursue what Kim Stafford asks, "What is the work of each voice among us?"

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Love is the Bridge

A moment of happiness,
you and I sitting on the verandah,
apparently two, but one in soul, you and I.
We feel the flowing water of life here,
you and I, with the garden’s beauty
and the birds singing.
The stars will be watching us,
and we will show them
what it is to be a thin crescent moon.
You and I unselfed, will be together,
indifferent to idle speculation, you and I.
The parrots of heaven will be cracking sugar
as we laugh together, you and I.
In one form upon this earth,
and in another form in a timeless sweet land.
                                                 - Rumi

Immersion in a natural setting provides moments of tranquility. Sharing smiles and laughs brightens the spirit and engages the human connection.

Watching a cormorant nesting gentles the mind.

When laughter conquers the day's mishaps and exercises the stomach muscles, contentment circulates.

Love is the bridge 
between you and everything. - Rumi

Monday, August 15, 2022

Discover Non-Attachment

As human beings, we want aspects of our lives to turn out a certain way. When we cling to a strict outlook, we can often stifle the outcome.

We attach to:  material possessions, relationships, money, and outcomes. Often, frustration results from these attachments. When individuals do not act according to our expectations or we do not gain material possessions, we feel anxious and sad. 

The desire for an outcome hampers the energy of writing projects.

Practicing non-attachment with a writing project takes time. If, during the creative stage, we focus on a flow of words and ignore the result, more ideas percolate. 

This also assists to release attachments in other areas of life. 

Do you ever feel like you’re holding on to something for the wrong reason? Are you too attached to the outcome of a situation or a result during writing practice? 

Live in moments of movement. Stay aware of "now" activities to avoid judgments and expectations of outcomes. 
Let go! 

Flow to notice how to grow. Write about attachments in a freeflow style. 

Notice how staying in the writing moments expands your thoughts.