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

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Feelings into Words

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.  George Washington Carver

Day 12words

YES!  When I saw this quote I knew it immediately as the feeling I’ve been desparately trying to find words for.

Miss Communication

Any problem, big or small, within a family, always seems to start with bad communication. Someone isn’t listening.  Emma Thompson

Yesterday’s quote (In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.) was a real ride.

First of all I was very aware of being alone. C’mon creativity, I began thinking, don’t hesitate to step in here.

I finished reading The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult with a zillion thoughts racing through my head. Sit still, Laura. You need some grounding.

I picked up another book and knew immediately there were too many words. I wanted something different.

I roasted green beans and steamed carrots harvested from the backyard, then planted the gardenia a friend rooted for me a month ago.

I went to the bookstore and grocery and bought only unlined notecards and bananas.

I walked around Michael’s for nearly an hour, picking up one thing and then another. I bought nothing. But when I got home I cut my new notecards into tiny squares and  filled a dozen with zentangles.

Open to creativity. That’s what you were, girl !

I know. Should I worry about what I might experience with the quote I picked for today?

Nah. I’ll be right here if you need me.muse

Playfully Letting Words Escape

Yesterday I posted a poem “On Zen” by Daio Kokushi.

The haunting lines…

It is Dharma truly beyond form and sound;

It is Tao having nothing to do with words.

In the middle of these thoughts the city library has a book sale…Argh.

On Saturday I bought books for myself.

On Saturday I bought books for myself.

On Sunday I went back and looked through the books in the children's section.

On Sunday I went back and bought books from the children’s section.

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.  Henry David Thoreau

No two persons ever read the same book.  Edmund Wilson

One rainy Sunday when I was in the third grade, I picked up a book to look at the pictures and discovered that even though I did not want to, I was reading. I have been a reader ever since.  Beverly Cleary

You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.  Madeleine L’Engle

” On Zen ” by Daio Kokushi

no words today…

Standing in an Open Field

“On Zen,” by Daio Kokushi

There is a reality even prior to heaven and earth;

Indeed, it has no form, much less a name;

Eyes fail to see it; It has no voice for ears to detect;

To call it Mind or Buddha violates its nature,

For it then becomes like a visionary flower in the air;

It is not Mind, nor Buddha;

Absolutely quiet, and yet illuminating in a mysterious way,

It allows itself to be perceived only by the clear-eyed.

It is Dharma truly beyond form and sound;

It is Tao having nothing to do with words.

Wishing to entice the blind,

The Buddha has playfully let words escape his golden mouth;

Heaven and earth are ever since filled with entangling briars.

O my good worthy friends gathered here,

If you desire to listen to the thunderous voice of the Dharma,

Exhaust your words, empty your thoughts,

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The Essence of It All

Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy – your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself. Annie Leibovitz

Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being. Albert Camus

The energy of the mind is the essence of life.  Aristotle

The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.  Epictetus

The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different. Mahatma Gandhi

Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today – but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.  Isaac Asimov

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.  Friedrich Nietzsche

Following the Word

In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.  Lao Tzu

tnhnunandchildMy prayer?

Let these words lead me through the day.

Without Inference

There is no reasoning, no process of inference or comparison; there is no thinking about things, no putting two and two together; there are no ideas – the animal does not think of the box or of the food or of the act he is to perform.   Edward Thorndike

I have set a writing intention for the week. Every day at the same time in different settings (library, park, Walmart snack area, etc) I will write for twenty minutes, describing the setting without making inferences. Just the facts, m’am.

This could prove difficult at Walmart. (An inference, perhaps?)

The idea came from Natalie Goldberg’s new book The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language, although she sat in the same setting, a tea shop, for a week.

We tried it last night in our writing circle. It’s harder than it sounds.

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