Life is not a straight line. It's a downpour of gifts, please – hold out your hand

Thank you for being here. I'm so glad you're here.

Monday, June 30, 2008

The Summer Day of my favorite poems by Mary Oliver.  Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Go! Write! Fifteen minutes!

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean—
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down—
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

Monday, June 23, 2008

Natalie Says...

On page 186 of Natalie Goldberg’s new book, “Old Friend From Far Away”, she says...

“Take a breath. Yes, you will need to be determined-writing takes commitment. It also takes space-space to write and space to receive. I could tell you in four words what to do and it will hold you for your writing life. Do you want to know those four?”

Shut up and write.

So, here it is, your message for today, for the rest of your life. Shut up and write (or paint, or sing, or dance). Quiet your speaking voice, your doubts, your fears, your mind, and the many reasons why you can't or shouldn't, and just write.

Stop the gnawing doubts before they have a chance to spiral out of control! Stop searching for wisdom outside yourself! Get still. Breathe. Allow and welcome. Stop the old stories, the old conditioned things you tell yourself. Stop wondering if you're good enough, original enough, interesting enough, smart enough, funny enough! Stop wishing there was more time, more quiet, less kids and chaos, more inspiration. Step out of your head, be still, and watch your breath go in, then out, and in and out...

Then take out your trust, your love, your compassion, your gentleness, your pen and paper (or laptop) and write and write and write! And know that you are absolutely, positively perfect and complete, exactly and precisely as you are, right here. Right now.

And then...write your ass off.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Wisdom of the Tao

Okay, I decided it was time to get off my knees and write a little something new on this site. I don't know that I get a lot of visitors here but those of you who have been checking may have gotten a little's been a while! Below is a little wisdom from Dr. Wayne Dyer's book, Change Your Thoughts-Change Your Life, Living the Wisdom of the Tao, there is some good stuff in this one.

26th Verse of the Tao

The heavy is the root of the light.
The still is the master of unrest.
Realizing this,the successful person is
poised and centered
in the midst of all activities;
although surrounded by opulence,
he is not swayed.

Why should the lord of the country
flit about like a fool?
If you let yourself be blown to and fro,
you lose touch with your root.
To be restless is to lose one's self-mastery.

"In the midst of any kind of unrest-be it an argument, a traffic jam, a monetary crisis, or anything at all-make the immediate decision that you will find the calm center of yourself. By not thinking of what is taking place, and instead taking a few deep breaths in which you opt to empty your mind of judgments, it becomes impossible to mentally "flit about like a fool." You have the innate ability to choose calmness in the face of situations that drive others to madness. Your willingness to do so, especially when chaos and anger have been your previous choices, puts you in touch with "the master of unrest." There was a time when I thought this was impossible. Now I know that even in the most troublesome of times, my reaction is to choose stillness...the way of the Tao." Dr. Wayne Dyer

Okay, so I haven't opened this book (Change Your Thoughts-Change Your Life) for months and months. This morning as I was sitting in bed breathing and attempting to get centered before beginning my day, I noticed it on my book shelf, it was sticking out further than the others. I consciously flipped the book open to a certain spot in the middle and this is what I found. How appropriate. Yes, choosing calmness and stillness in the midst of chaos, this is our message and our challenge for the day, for everyday...we can do this!