If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.-—Joseph Campbell

Posts tagged ‘abundance’

The Ability to See

Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.  Franz Kafka

Yesterday I carried a Parker Palmer quote with me. In my head and in a little notebook tucked inside my purse.  Thoughts about listening to my life came and went. About 8:30 last night I retrieved the notebook, set the timer, and began writing. The well-rehearsed thoughts were quickly noted, followed by pieces of ideas I didn’t expect. Whoa. That was cool.

So this morning I choose another quote. Not as much from my angst as from curiosity. What might I discover if I go to the gardens behind the art museum? Or visit my artist-in-residence friends downtown? Or pick up the book I was enjoying yesterday? Or work in my vegetable garden after yesterday’s storm?

I like the potential of this idea…

beeflower

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Happily Creative

This is a quick post.

1. In a few minutes a friend and I are taking a day trip to a nursery (plants) a couple hours from here.

2. I’ve been struggling with a writing “assignment” providing copy for pictures on the website of our community youth garden. Just the facts are not pleasing me. I’ve submitted the idea for an alternate approach and am waiting to hear if I can pursue it.

3. Tonight’s the third anniversary of the library book club I facilitate. I want to get home from the nursery in time to make cranberry nut muffins for the celebration. This month’s selection is The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. I’m expecting a stimulating discussion.

And the quote for the day…

It’s good to be creatively busy.  Me

Overwhelming Abundance

Hex sign abundance

Hex sign abundance (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.  Wayne Dyer

There came into the world an unlimited abundance of everything people need. But people need everything except unlimited abundance.  Karel Capek

Is this overwhelming feeling just an abundance of what I have been asking for?

The Story Factor

The Universe is showing you the way.

Yeah, right.

Tell them what happen to you yesterday.

Well, it was pretty neat.

Go on.

OK OK…I go to my regular Friday get together with mostly retired school teacher friends. Happy hour at the Mexican restaurant. We call it margarita therapy. Grace brings her daughter, a lovely 23 year old young woman, who when she was seven was in my Sunday school class. Well, she orders a margarita with a Dos Equis turned upside down in it. Whoa…the old school marms are impressed.

Keep going.

OK. I’m setting the stage. One of my afterschool kids, Marie, comes in with her family. I love this eight year old. She’s happily in her own creative world. I call her name and she skips over to me and gives me a hug. Steps back, grins at me and gives me another. It feels wonderful.

And then…

Hey, these are important parts of my story.

OK

Grace gets a call. Her friend is on the way. A few minutes later in walks Annette Simmons. Well, I know that name. Know she’s friends of some of my more creative friends. But there’s more. I have suspected she is the daughter of a woman I taught with more than thirty years ago. And she wrote a book, several in fact. But the one I know something about is The Story Factor. I actually own a copy. Whoa! Six degrees of separation is now down to maybe one or two.

The Universe

Whatever…We talk. I realize I don’t know how to describe what I write or where I think I’m going with it. (Note to self) She’s got lots of energy and experience. It feels wonderful. (also noted)

You and your notebook 

Hey, whatever works. Later when I get home I pull The Story Factor off the shelf and begin reading. OMG. The words connect. I know I’ve read some of it before, but I’m seeing it differently now. Breathe, Laura. Now in addition to The Poisonwood Bible that I need to finish before book club this week and The Dude and the Zen Master that I’m halfway into, I want to find time for The Story Factor. And in two hours I’m going to be at a sculpting workshop led by a truly wonderful creative.

Breathe, Laura. And enjoy.

To be a person is to have a story to tell.  Isak Dinesen

The Way

Interesting…after a week of children and creative people these words of Lao Tzu are what I am drawn to.

Silence is a source of great strength.

When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.

The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days.

The words of truth are always paradoxical.

Fools and Writing

What’s the connection? I babble on.

No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.  Hunter S. Thompson

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.  William Shakespeare

I have recently received several blog awards. They are flattering and encouraging. Thank you. They are much appreciated. Unfortunately I am not able to respond to these nominations individually at this time. My writing life seems to be taking off in a zillion different directions.

That’s a good thing, isn’t it?

Here are some thoughts from Natalie Goldberg’s new book The True Secret of Writing which I have referred to often and which seem to be setting me on fire.

I’ve noticed that no matter how much my outward life seems to improve–a new house, a new book contract–I still have the same amount of inner torture, the same twisted agonies. Noticing this has helped. I recognize those old friends and don’t believe them as much.

There are many ways to meditate. Whatever opens us, softens the heart, makes us alive to this human world and helps us to bear it is our path.

and a poem by Ikkyu

only one koan matters

you

Happy writing, y’all!

Overwhelming Abundance

Yesterday I…

met my brother for our weekly creative session/breakfast

shopped at Walmart for a mixer for the new cookie recipe and took a detour through the garden center

readied a vegetable plot for tomatoes

filled the (old) new bookcase with books

listened to Prairie Home Companion while cleaning house

found a place for 10 more of the 1000 pieces of puzzle on my coffee table

noted the crowd of families enjoying the duck pond

checked out Dollar Tree for activity ideas for my after school kids

and then…

stepped inside the fabric store.

Ok, that was one too many sensory experiences. Aisles of crafty things, a doodling book, see and sew patterns, material with sparkles, bundles of batik squares, St. Patrick’s Day decorations at 70 percent off. The panicky I-can’t-breathe thing hit. Darn. I was having so much fun. Time to calm down, Laura.

Thirty minutes later I’m back at home making cookies:)

Pacing. It’s about the pacing.

Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.  Wayne Dyer

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