Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Photos From Your Future Self

I really like this idea posted by Dana MrKich on Facebook:

What if you knew that the visions you have of those dreams that are dearest to your heart weren't just daydreams, but in fact were photos sent to you from your future self?

What if you found out that the existence of these photos is evidence that these visions of your future are actually a done deal – already existing in a potential future timeline?

In your journal write a date in the future, that is close enough to make you feel excited, but far enough ahead for it to feel totally possible and realistic.

Next, write a journal entry as if that day was today.
What happened?
What did your day look like and feel like?

Be as emotionally and physically descriptive as possible.

For example: “I am so excited and happy that I have finally met the one! We have been together three months now and are more in love and connected every day!”

This exercise reminds your energy that your dream isn't just a dream. It is a done deal, one that you are moving closer toward every day.

- From Let Love In, 28 Day Intensive Online Course.


Monday, September 2, 2013

"You Are a Writer" Guided Meditation by Mark David Gerson

I haven't tried this meditation yet but will soon.

"You Are a Writer" Guided Meditation by Mark David Gerson

You are a Writer - You Tube

Work Yoga

I posted the following on my other blog but I feel it also applies for the the writers who have to have day jobs that are not writing. It's something to think about.

How to live a life of yoga as you fulfill your duties as a work (warrior)

My friend Sarah posted a link to an an article by Sally Kempton about bringing a yogic attitude to your work. (The link to the article will be at the end of this blog entry. ) And it affected me profoundly. It’s so funny how sometimes I can remember how much smarter I was when I was younger in some things. I think it was because I kept things simple. But that was more of my work attitude in my early working days.

Anyway, I read the article, highlighted what resonated with me then brought it down to a page of focus for me to look at each morning before I go to work.
Here are the tidbits that I find helpful, I’ve changed some of the wording to suit my needs:

What matters most is not what you do, but how you do it.
1- Throw yourself completely into a task. Do whatever you do impeccably, with full attention. Approach your work with your full presence and with your highest quality of attention.

EY note - I’ve always been this way but I’d been doing it angrily, lately.

At the beginning of a task, say to myself, “Looking back on this, How would I have wanted to perform this task?”

2- Surrender your attachment to results. You never know how things will turn out. You simply can’t know if anyone will buy your novel or whether someone at another company will notice the work you do and offer you a great job. Consider what it would look like to do your work for the sake of the work alone. Discover how you can, moment by moment, release your attachment to outcomes. Consider how you can live your passion and yet detach yourself from how things turn out.

TS Eliot: "Teach us to care and not to care." It doesn't necessarily mean you don't get bummed when things go wrong on the job. You remember that your contract with life doesn't specify that you'll always get what you want.

EY Note - There are no promises in anything we do but there can be gifts that we never expected.

3- Do your work as Service. (I wrote to think of the idea of my day job as me doing a service for my writing)
Do something for the sake of being helpful.
Shift that inner attitude from “What am I not getting?” to “What can I give?”
Shift from “Something’s wrong with this situation” to “How can I help make it better?”
Begin taking action at work, ask yourself, “Who or what does this serve?”

EY Note - I like this because it removes the bitterness of feeling like I’m doing all this work while others are screwing the pooch. It doesn’t matter what they are doing. What matters is that I am keeping my focus.

I also added the note, which is so important, “Being of service is not the same thing as martyring yourself for a cause or letting yourself be exploited. Consider yourself in the equation. Think about what you need in order to serve at your best. And Stand up for yourself!”

4- Make Your Work an offering
Whatever you do, make it an offering, bringing an attitude of devotion to your actions.
“I offer this day asking that my actions be beneficial for all beings.”
Whatever you are doing, whether it is “important” or “unimportant”, you can offer it. And by offering your work, your practice, and even your small everyday actions, you align yourself with the universe, and your work becomes yoga - the natural path to union with the whole.

Sally Kempton wrote a great article which goes more in depth, obviously. I hope it gives you the gifts it has given me. And Thanks Again Sarah!


Bring a yogic attitude to your work and find satisfaction in your job, no matter what it is. By Sally Kempton

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Ray Bradbury Routine

Ray Bradbury – The more you write, the more you want to write.

The Ray Bradbury Routine – 1000 words a day - “Everyday for 2 hours, I begin a new short story, sometimes finishing it, or write an essay or poem. This routine has continued for sixty five years.”
1 - Write Daily - if you don't write daily, what would happen is that the world would catch up with  and try to sicken you. If you did not write everyday, the poisons would accumulate and you would begin to die, or act crazy, or both.
2 - Gently lie and prove the lie true ...everything is finally a promise... what seems a lie is a ramshackle need, wishing to be born...
3 - Formula - Find a character, like yourself, who will want something or not want something, with all her heart. Give her running orders. Shoot her off. Then follow as fast as you can go. The character, in her great love, or hate, will rush you through to the end of the story."
4 - Write quick. In quickness is truth. The faster you blurt, the more swiftly you write, the more honest you are. In hesitation is thought. In delay comes the effort for a style, instead of leaping upon truth which is the only style worth dead falling or tiger-trapping
5 - Write at least thousand words a day everyday; discover the treats and tricks that come with word association; put down brief notes and descriptions of loves and hates.

6 - make lists of titles, put down long lists of nouns. Run through those lists, pick a noun and then sit down to write a long prose poem-essay-story on it.

Rest in Peace Ray and Thank you for all the inspiration!


Monday, May 28, 2012

Writing Inspirations and Prompts

Now that I'm tipping my toes back into blogging semi-regularly, I've been thinking about what I want the content to be. I can't see myself getting back to my old blogging style of writing a blog a day of just stream of consciousness, like I did in the past. So as it sits for this blog, I am going through all the crazy notes I have and pulling out the pieces that have inspired me and we'll see how it goes from there.

Writing Prayer
Why not say a prayer, it can't hurt. And Marianne Williamson is always guaranteed to have some good words:
Dear God,
Deliver me to my writing. Deliver me to my passion. Deliver me to my brilliance. Deliver me to my intelligence. Deliver me to my depth. Deliver me to my nobility. Deliver me to my beauty. Deliver me to my power to heal. Deliver me to You.
-Marianne Williamson

Movie Quote from Finding Forrester

Sit. Go ahead.

Write. No thinking. That comes later. You write your first draft...with your heart. You rewrite with your head.

The first key to writing is...to write. Not to think.

Take someone else’s writing and start typing it (like "A Season of Faith's Perfection.".)

Sometimes the simple rhythm of typing gets us from page one to page two.

When you begin to feel your own words, start typing them.

Punch the keys for God's sake!

Blog Inspiration – Katey Schultz

I've been following Katey for several years. She always provides me with inspiration, top notch writing and a good look at how hard it is to be a full-time writer.

Writing/Art hybrid - Do a contour drawing of anything you see. Then freewrite over it whatever scene you have been stuck on or anything you may want to write. I really love doing this.

Read Katey's description of the class she taught this to

And Philip Hartigan whom she learned it from.


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Monday, May 7, 2012

What Matters Most

I received two emails today about writing and fear. This one from Manage Your Writing and another one about a writer who has been feeling shy about promoting his e-course.

Boy oh boy, us human creatures, we can plague ourselves with all sorts of fears can't we?

I'm starting to keep a list of what gets me to write. I realized lately that although I can't stand it when someone repeats him or herself in conversation, that repetition gets me going in writing. In my Blue Metropolis piece that I wrote on the EY Page about going to my old homes, "This is the place where," got me going and I've been writing more in my journal using that as my jumping off point.

And today in writing about how I beat myself up, also on the EY Page , I also found that writing, "What matters most is," helped me to get going.

I know that writing practice is what keeps me sane and gets me out of my fear. That is what Writing by Kaizen is about. Practice today even if it's crap. Practice today even if I don't learn anything. Practice today, get the words on paper, with practice I find out what's inside, what needs to come out, what matters most...

What Matters Most

What matters most is that I take it easier on myself.
I can work on my writing daily but I don’t have to be super focused all of the time
I can goof off a little
I can go to bed early when I feel tired
I can have a glass of wine
I’ve berated myself enough in this lifetime
Berating myself never motivates me to accomplish more
It stops me
Feet stuck in quicksand
Mind overwhelmed in chaotic nervous thoughts

What matters most is that I learn to love my life exactly how it is
Right now
Yes I could afford to lose a few pounds
But spending my thoughts on how I’ve failed only makes me feel like I’m a lost cause
Might as well eat more cake

What matters most is that I have the space that I need for myself
I need to have moments of silence to hear my own voice inside my head
That voice gives me the answers I need when I have questions
But she’s so soft spoken
She can get lost in the noise of other people’s unsolicited opinions
No matter the attention getting cries from others, I need to make time for myself
I can’t survive and thrive without it.


a few hours after I posted this post:
And as I'm trolling for potential Liebster nominees I come across this entry on Fear and Writing. Yup it's the theme of the day!