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A blog about writing confidently and living adventurously

WORDS CHANGE US: WHEN THINGS FALL APART by Pema Chodron fear pema chodron writing coach yoga Jan 23, 2021

"Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth."

This quote from Pema Chodron is today's WORDS CHANGE US.

Pema's words feel true to me. They reflect my own experience.

Where there's fear, there's heat, and something to look at.

I was 51 years old and,admittedly, stricken by both doubt and...

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WORDS CHANGE US: THIS IS WATER by David Foster Wallace creative nonfiction spirituality transformation yoga Jan 23, 2021

Tonight's WORDS CHANGE US comes from "This Is Water" by the late David Foster Wallace. I think these words speak for themselves. What do you worship?

"Here's something else that's weird but true: in the day-to day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such...

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WORDS CHANGE US: THE TEACHINGS OF DON JUAN by Carlos Castaneda meditation memoir spirituality travel yoga Jan 23, 2021

Tonight's WORDS THAT CHANGED ME comes from a modern spiritual classic, "The Teachings of Don Juan" by Carlos Castaneda.

Here it is:

"Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn't, it is of no use."

I've liked this quote since I first read it in the late 1990s.

Back then, I...

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WORDS CHANGE US: ARCTIC DREAMS by Barry Lopez Uncategorized Jan 23, 2021

The only book I took to Greenland in 1996 was Barry Lopez's Arctic Dreams. One day, during a three-week hiatus in a tiny coastal village, I took off on foot to see the Icecap. I hiked up a broad, grassy valley past lichen-covered stone ruins until it dead-ended at a rock outcropping. I followed a...

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WORDS CHANGE US: Metta Meditation lovingkindness meditation metta prayer spirituality yoga Jan 23, 2021

Tonight's THESE WORDS CHANGED ME come from the Buddhist maitri practice. Maitri means lovingkindness in Sanskrit. Here are the words:

May I be filled with lovingkindness.

May I be safe from inner and outer dangers.

May I be well in body and mind.

May I be peaceful and happy.

May I be free.

Some...

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WORDS CHANGE US: Living the Questions and Rilke book writing coach poetry rilke transformation Jan 23, 2021

Today's THESE WORDS CHANGED ME come from Austrian poet Ranier Maria Rilke, whose name I always butcher when I say it out loud.
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very...

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WORDS CHANGE US: Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse fiction meditation seeking spirituality yoga Dec 01, 2020

Today's THESE WORDS CHANGED ME comes from Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. 

After days of listening to the Buddha's teachings, Siddhartha, a wanderer seeking enlightenment, encounters The Awakened One in a grove.

And guess what he does?

He gives the Great One a piece of his mind!

Here's what he...

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Congratulations to My Book Proposal Client Melissa Walker book proosal coaching book proposal book writing coach brad wetzler nonfiction Nov 29, 2020
Whenever I share on social media about a book writing client's success, I have mixed emotions. I never want to steal the attention and thunder from their hard-earned success. And--in life, it's always a both/and, right?--I think there's a way to talk about a client's success as well as my work...
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WORDS CHANGE US: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas brad wetzler creative nonfiction fear and loathing in las vegas hunter s thompson memoir writing to find your fire Nov 24, 2020

WORDS CHANGE US

I submitted my memoir to agents. The book's working title is: Shiva Blues: A Seeker's Journey.
It's about travel, kicking an addiction to strong pharmaceuticals, and trying to live against the grain of American Big Alpha toxic masculinity...but, primarily, the book is about personal...

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Alan Watts and the Art of Living Your Weird memoir spirituality yoga Nov 16, 2020

I was in my mid-thirties and quite depressed when I first stumbled on a recording of Alan Watts' unique style of spiritual entertainment. Within a few minutes, I was chuckling out loud and had forgotten I was depressed.

These days, I no longer suffer from depression, and Watts' recordings still...

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Join Me Tonight for a Special Reading and Conversation with Poet Ashley M. Jones poetry writing for peace Nov 08, 2020

Today, I woke up and re-listened to President-Elect Joe Biden’s speech from last night. I was struck by how reasonable and measured he sounded. How open he is to listening to and leading all Americans. How ready he is to be the facilitator-in-chief of real healing. At first, his words and...

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Icebergs, Jimi Hendrix, and a Million Shades of Blue adventure book writing coach creative nonfiction greenland Oct 18, 2020

I found this B&W print today while unpacking from my recent move. I was 30 years old, flying out the next day for Greenland and my first overseas adventure-writing assignment for a major magazine. I reported the article and then found myself camped out for three weeks on a beach socked in by...

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