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 as my mantra
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 Beginner’s Mind
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 Stop writing for everyone
A very interesting interview with Elizabeth Gilbert turned up in my Facebook stream. Elizabeth Gilbert's keys to a big, creative life is 50 minutes well spent. I love to hear her talk about creativity and fear. From that interview is a link to another interview, just as interesting! This interview is from February 2015: Elizabeth … Continue reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s keys to a big, creative life
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 Reflections February 9, 2016
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
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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 Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
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 Rituals and Routines when writing
I posted about Bad writing precedes good writing and here's another statement along the same lines. Show up, show up, show up and after a while the muse shows up too. It goes well with Elizabeth Gilbert's A different way to think about creative genius.