Giftedness is not what you do or how hard you work. It is who you are. You think differently. You experience life intensely. You care about injustice. You seek meaning. You appreciate and strive for the exquisite. You are painfully sensitive. You are extremely complex. You cherish integrity. Your truth-telling has gotten you in trouble.... Continue Reading →

Beginner’s Mind as my mantra

I have worked with key words and recently mantra words in order to easier focus on what truly matters to me. During the weekend I realized that what I'm striving for is the concept of Beginner’s Mind. My current three mantra words are open-mindedness, presence (here and now) and gratitude. These words can, at least... Continue Reading →

Beginner’s Mind

Linda Eskin links to my post Your teacup is full (Empty your cup) from her post Beginner’s Mind – The Power of the Empty Teacup. Linda places the story in an Aikido context. I like her conclusions. Beginner’s Mind is a sense of wonder, about skills, places, things, people, and even about ourselves. Practice it... Continue Reading →

Stop writing for everyone

I came across ‘Content is King’ and other reasons you shouldn’t write online. That's to me an odd title for a post about finding your voice and audience. What especially caught my attention is this: It’s time to stop writing for everyone, and start using your words to really say something. I like this one... Continue Reading →

Reflections February 9, 2016

Today is one of those days when I think too much. I have three mantra words. They are openness (open-minded, inquisitive, non-judging), presence (be here and now) and gratitude. To me that's a great mindset. Sometimes they are hard to follow, there are days like today when I do expect much more of myself -... Continue Reading →

Andre Rieu and Amazing Grace

This is a lovely tune and an amazing performance. It starts with a Scottish (I presume) band with drums and bagpipe and then it's a flute, a bagpipe and a symphony orchestra. Excellent! Video: Andre Rieu and Amazing Grace Watch the video below or at Andre Rieu Amazing Grace

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

I just finished Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert and I love it. The book is about creative living, regardless of what you're creating. Whether you're a writer, painter, photographer, do pottery or anything else this book is inspiring. The book description at The Book Depository says: Readers of all ages and... Continue Reading →

Rituals and Routines when writing

Over at The Huffington Post is a post about the benefits of routines and rituals in order to get your writing done. Each of us create the rituals that suits us, routines are more generic and worth learning from others. The post list the following five routines and rituals: 1. Write Before I Do Anything... Continue Reading →

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