Zen Soup For The Writer

“The art of life, of a poet’s life, is, not having anything to do, to do something.”  –Henry David Thoreau Writing gives us something to do. “In every block of marble I see a statue as plane as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to other eyes as mine see it.”  –Michelangelo Writing reveals the story that is already there. “If you see in any given situation only what everybody else can see, you can be said … Continue reading

Gathering Together

“Our power as individuals is multiplied when we gather together as families, groups, and communities with common goals. It is our collective strength that makes positive change possible in the world.”  –Brain Browne Walker, Hexagram #45, Gathering Together As writers we need our tribe to support us in living a creative life. As authors we need our reader tribe. We are not in this alone, even though as we type away at a story or blog we do so on our own. I offer writing and Zero Point circles because everything wants to be round and in relationship. Everything comes … Continue reading

His Holiness The Dalai Lama turns 79 Today!

This blog is to acknowledge and celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 79th  birthday. Together may we wish for His Holiness a long and healthy life! May his words of kindness, acceptance and tolerance spread. May we all be an expression of our best selves. Here is a link to the Dalai Lama’s official website:  http://www.dalailama.com Join me once a month for a meditation practice: The Gift of Meditation.        About

What’s Your Genre?

When someone asks, “What’s new?” my mind empties out. “Why, everything is new,” I might say when I feel a tinge smug after a long morning meditation. “Nothing comes to mind,” I might say when the truth is on the surface and I hope to get out of this particular conversation. What’s new is up there with, “What do you do?” People who don’t know me ask this question. And what am I to say? Give them my list of “jobs,” the present windmill I am chasing, or the book I am working on? I usually spit out something like, … Continue reading

Living With Difficulty in Meaningful Ways

If we can learn how to live with difficulty in meaningful ways, our lives will move forward in a purposeful way. Since the only thing we have any control over is our own experience, the more we understand how to live creatively with whatever arises, the happier we will be. Worry and anger won’t change the outcome, and possessiveness doesn’t make anything permanent. Unfortunately, we have been trained to worry about the future, to fight with difficulty, and to try and manipulate outside circumstances. We are sold on the big lie that outside circumstances and “results” determine our happiness. When … Continue reading

The Most Beautiful Place in the World

  Morning has broken Like the first morning, Blackbird has spoken Like the first bird. Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning! Praise for them, springing From the first Word. Eleanor Farjeon, “A Morning Song,” in The Children’s Bells Our spiritual and writing practice may include visits to sacred sights or time away on retreat. However, we need practices that can be used in our everyday life. We can’t rely on “special occasions and places” to fulfill our spiritual or creative intentions. We want to be able to make sacred pilgrimages within our hearts and minds, and within the … Continue reading

If It Walks & Quacks Like A Duck

Most of us have heard:  If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is a duck. When we feel stuck and look stuck, we are stuck. “Being Stuck” can feel like a constant log-line throughout our writer’s life. But it doesn’t need to. I have an ANTIDOTE to being STUCK. Use this simple technique and I guarantee continued movement and success with your writing intentions. I put together a simple template to use any day, anywhere to help you get unstuck: Writing from the Zero Point.  (Click on Writing from the Zero Point for retreat information. This … Continue reading

Wake Up And Smell The Coffee

Dear Writer, That’s you. Me. So yes, I am writing this to myself too. I am at the 2014 Write-By-The-Lake retreat teaching a class on writing a captivating book from personal experience. This is my first year at WBTL. The invitation to teach here is a wish-fulfilled. This morning my class will explore clichés. Dead metaphors. Where once a cliché may have served a purpose they lose meaning with overuse. When we use them in writing we are being lazy. When clichés remain unchallenged in our “off the page” life we are giving up originality for convention. Last night I took … Continue reading

Nature’s Way

“The motion of nature is cyclic and returning.”  (Tao Te Ching, verse 40). One of the 11 principles of the zero point agreement is to rely on nature. Nature can show us the way. We can look to nature to help us with our writing. Nature can guide us in what we write and how we write. Nature is an ideal companion. Simply placing our attention on nature––how the light forms around the room, where the moon is in the sky, the changes of a favored tree through the seasons–will ground and inspire us. The law of attraction is a … Continue reading