Rainer Maria Rilke on Trusting in Nature, Loving Small Things & Living Questions

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In the great silence of these distances, I am touched by your beautiful anxiety about life, …even more than I was in Paris, where everything echoes and fades away differently because of the excessive noise that makes Things tremble. Here, where I am surrounded by an enormous landscape, which the winds move across as they […]

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6 Liberating Ways to Let Go—Skin Shedding—An Essay by Louise Moulin

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Delighted to welcome essayist, novelist, lyricist, and poetess, Louise Moulin, with her personal essay, Skin Shedding. When we are born we do not know ourselves. We discover what we are made of on the road.  We endure ordeals and roll in blissful fields in a spiritual process of culmination and release, of construction and deconstruction, of metamorphosis […]

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15 Tools Inspired by Eastern Wisdom to Find Stillness in a Storm Part II

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Wanting to leave you satiated though not with ingestion, as it was such grand offering, read part one here: When Things Go Wrong—15 Tools Inspired By Eastern Wisdom to Find Stillness in a Storm. Next week, returning to more writerly topics, elated to welcome storytelling aficionado Angela Ackerman, creator of One Stop For Writers, a powerhouse online library like no other, […]

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When Things Go Wrong—15 Tools Inspired By Eastern Wisdom to Find Stillness in a Storm Part I

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 During life’s inevitable shifts, these tools & teachings help you find calm in chaos, ground & centre you, giving you a little control in how to respond—in even the trickiest of circumstances. Read Part II for 8 more practices, here. “I feel like an inadequate machine, a machine that breaks down at crucial moments, and grinds to a dreadful halt,” wrote poet, novelist and memoirist, May Sarton in […]

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Pema Chödrön on Why to Meditate

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We do not meditate in order to be comfortable. In other words, we don’t meditate in order to always, all the time, feel good. Meditation gives us the opportunity to have an open, compassionate attentiveness to whatever is going on. The meditative space is like the big sky— spacious, vast enough to accommodate anything that […]

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Find Clarity & Presence with a Swift Meditation for Busy Creatives

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If you’re feeling a little mentally clouded, a touch hazy in the head, and want to liberate yourself from this place so you can get on with the work — with writing, creating, and making your art — one swift means to clarity, and calm is to practice this simple meditation technique each time you feel overwhelmed, stressed-out, or in […]

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Diane Ackerman on Truly Living Our Lives

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“The great affair, the love affair with life, is to live as variously as possible, to groom one’s curiosity like a high-spirited thoroughbred, climb aboard, and gallop over the thick, sun-struck hills every day. Where there is no risk, the emotional terrain is flat an unyielding, and, despite all its dimensions, valleys, pinnacles, and detours, […]

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10 Ancient Healing Tools to Relax, Ease Stress & Keep Your Creative Cool

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Soothe your spirit, calm your mind, ease stress, and let your body chill with these techniques If you’re feeling a little over-heated, overwhelmed or stressed, finding the inspiration to write and create may be far more difficult, motivation too, all the more slender. In the spirit of chilling out and keeping your cool — creative and otherwise — […]

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Pema Chödrön on Tigers, Strawberries and the Preciousness of the Moment

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“There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs and the tigers are getting closer and closer. When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she climbs down and holds on to the vines. Looking down, she sees that there are tigers […]

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Poetry | Remember By Joy Harjo

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Remember By Joy Harjo Remember the sky that you were born under, know each of the star’s stories. Remember the moon, know who she is. I met her in a bar once in Iowa City. Remember the sun’s birth at dawn, that is the strongest point of time. Remember sundown and the giving away to night. Remember your birth, how your mother struggled to give you form and […]

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