“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”― Frederick Buechner
People need a sacred narrative. They must have a sense of larger purpose, in one form or another, however intellectualized. They will find a way to keep ancestral spirits alive. E. O. Wilson
A new thought while walking this morning. It’s time to take a hiatus from this blog and put my energy into writing the book I keep “talking” about.
I have a morning routine that is waking me to new-to-me ideas and I would like to try the morning pages, quote and walk, then work on the manuscript.
Thank you for your support, your ideas, and your just being out there. I’ve learned a lot. At some point I may show up again, but for now, I don’t know.
What about me?
You, dear friend, seem solidly with me. Thanks.
Oh, one more thing. I highly recommend the new Robert Redford movie, The Company You Keep.
- This Sacred Morning (onlyonethingmatters.com)
My life is storytelling. I believe in stories, in their incredible power to keep people alive, to keep the living alive, and the dead. Tim O’Brien
Scenes and conversations from the week are playing through my head on this morning’s walk. When I get home, I can’t settle on a quote.
Don’t think so hard.
This quote is one I chose about a month ago and didn’t use. I love Tim O’Brien’s book The Things They Carried. He came here a couple years ago and talked about how writing the book helped him work his way through his Vietnam memories.
Ah yes, telling our stories (and writing them) is healing. What are you doing to celebrate the Fourth?
I’m going with a long time best friend to a movie and then to her house for supper.
Lots of stories there, for sure. Have fun. (And don’t forget to write!)…
When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world. Your innermost sense of self, of who you are, is inseparable from stillness. This is the I Am that is deeper than name and form. ~ Eckhart Tolle
All these voices…it’s hard for me to touch the inner stillness. Some are so loud, so persistent.
Be still. Let them just come and go.
Easy for you to say. Some are really able to get under my skin.
How do I participate in the world and stay in touch with myself?
Ah such a conundrum.
What do you mean?
Where do you think those voices come from?
Well, sometimes they sound like my mother or a particularly opinionated acquaintance.
Have you ever heard yourself sound like that?
The world. The world in you. Be still.
By the way, how was the nature park yesterday?
I thought that was a good idea. 🙂
- The Now (sjcwellness.wordpress.com)
With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. Eleanor Roosevelt
It’s day 15 of the Starting with a Quote Project
And what are you learning?
You want details or the big picture?
This morning on my walk, I realize this project’s addressing my “thinking too hard” behavior.
Tell me more.
Well, I have all these crazy spinning thoughts in my head.
And I’m watching this morning routine (morning pages, walk, then blog) give my spinning thoughts some structure, focus and direction, which then allows room for new ideas. It’s like what Cathy was showing me a few weeks ago when we were cleaning and organizing her classroom.
Yeah. Now I’m going to the nature park north of town. Today’s a bit cooler (high 80’s) and a nature walk was an early morning idea. I’ll take a water bottle, trail mix, my notebook, bug spray…and some room for new thoughts:)
How much can you do with two voices? You can sing thirds or you can sing fifths or you can do a background harmony. Paul Simon
I just texted my friends on the street corner. They are protesting the painting over of their street art. Power to the people. Does that mean I want their art? I don’t know…I want to hear their voices! I want to hear mine with theirs!
Later today I will write with a young woman who wants to be a writer, but isn’t writing. We will write timed writings together. The topics from Natalie Goldberg: 1. I’m looking at…and 2. I’m thinking of… I want to hear her writings. I want to hear mine with hers.
The world isn’t just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no? And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no?
Doesn’t that make life a story? Yann Martel, Life of Pi
1. Listening to the poetry of a writer friend
2. Catching up with another friend over Indian food
3. Reading The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian
4. Discussing the weather while waiting in line at the grocery story
5. Watching two children interact at the library
6. Answering a text on my cell phone
7. Reading and writing blogs
8. Writing morning pages and evening reflections
9. Listening to the thoughts in my head as I walk in the park
10. Listening to a song on the radio