Adjust Your Stance

On Wednesdays, I share posts, fables, songs, poems, quotations, TEDx Talks, cartoons, and books that have inspired and motivated me on my writing journey. I hope these posts will give writers, artists, and other creatives a mid-week boost.

Each month, I pick up a copy of the Oprah magazine and read it from cover to cover. My favorite column is “What I Know for Sure,” written by Oprah Winfrey herself. In 2014, Oprah released a small hardcover collection (also available in eBook format) of these monthly reflections. Here’s one of my favorites:

Every challenge we take on has the power to knock us to our knees. But what’s even more disconcerting than the jolt itself is our fear that we won’t withstand it. When we feel the ground beneath us shifting, we panic. We forget everything we know and allow fear to freeze us. Just the thought of what could happen is enough to throw us off balance.

What I know for sure is that the only way to endure the quake is to adjust your stance. You can’t avoid the daily tremors. They come with being alive. But I believe these experiences are gifts that force us to step to the right or left in search of a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Let them help you adjust your footing.

Balance lies in the present. When you feel the earth moving, bring yourself back to the now. You’ll handle whatever shake-up the next moment brings when you get to it. In this moment, you’re still breathing. In this moment, you’ve survived. In this moment, you’re finding a way to step onto higher ground.

Source: What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey, Page 35.


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On the Miracle of the Present

On Wednesdays, I share posts, fables, songs, poems, quotations, TEDx Talks, cartoons, and books that have inspired and motivated me on my writing journey. I hope these posts will give writers, artists, and other creatives a mid-week boost.

I highly recommend A Year of Miracles by spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson. I have followed the 365 reflections and devotions over several years. Here’s one of my favorites:

It’s nothing more than a mental habit to idealize another time, anther condition, another reality. It is simply a way to avoid the reality of our lives right now. And in avoiding the reality of our present circumstances, we avoid the miracles they offer. Everyone does it because that’s the way the ego mind works. But we can stare down this self-defeating habit and cultivate a truer perspective: that wherever we are is the perfect place, and whatever time it is now is the perfect time. That doesn’t mean we can’t or shouldn’t improve things, particularly ourselves. But indulging the thought that if only we were somewhere else things would be better is a surefire way to experience pain.


15 Things Mindful People Do Differently

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My well-honed left brain likes clear-cut instructions like those in this infographic:



3 No-Brainer Rules for Your Brains

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In her book, Writing with Quiet Hands, Paula Munier offers the following tips on firing up our brains:

KEEP IT REAL

The subconscious mind cannot distinguish between reality and visualization. So when you visualize yourself sitting down to write every afternoon at 3 P.M. or pounding out ten pages every night or plotting a thriller with more twists and turns than Hitchcock, your subconscious believes you–so make your visualizations as true to life as possible.

KEEP IT SIMPLE

Your brain can focus best on only one habit at a time. So if you are focused on summoning the muse–that is, acquiring the creativity habit–don’t try to lose weight or quit smoking or take up running at the same time. Give yourself two weeks to six months to establish your connection with the muse before devoting attention to other habits.

KEEP IT POSITIVE

The subconscious mind cannot process negation, so be sure that when you sweet-talk your muse, you use positive statements: “I am an imaginative writer,” (rather than “I am not a boring writer”).


Bumblebee Wisdom

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I found this delightful quotation from Mary Kay Ash while cruising on Pinterest.



The World Is Waiting On You

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Elaine Welteroth ends her inspiring memoir/manifesto, More Than Enough, with this passage:

When you find yourself existing in the space between dreams realized, parts of you will feel too big for where you are, while other parts of you will feel too small for where you are going.

Go anyway.

Do not wait.

Do not wonder if you can.

Do not ask for permission.

When you get lost, it’s okay to stop, to look up, to look within for the answers–they’re always there.

And when the world tells you to shrink, expand.

Remember:

You have done enough. You are enough. You were born enough.

The world is waiting on you.

Source: More Than Enough, Page 316.


8 Things That Change Your Life in One Year

On Wednesdays, I share posts, fables, songs, poems, quotations, TEDx Talks, cartoons, and books that have inspired and motivated me on my writing journey. I hope these posts will give writers, artists, and other creatives a mid-week boost.

If you’re looking to make changes in your life, consider the following advice: