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Mar.11.2013
As a writing teacher and coach, I often focus on ways to write faster and more efficiently. I teach techniques for generating ideas, writing when we only have five minutes, getting a fast start on our daily writing practice, and quickly identifying and correcting problems in our work. But lately I’...
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Nov.16.2012
This week, I’ve been exploring Guanyin (also spelled Kuan Yin), a Buddhist bodhisattva and the East Asian Goddess of Compassion. It’s little wonder millions worship this archetype of unalloyed empathy and protectress of women, fishermen, animals, sailors, and the imprisoned. She could easily be...
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Nov.12.2012
“Writers don’t write from experience . . . Writers write from empathy.” — Nikki  Giovanni If writers had a deity, I believe it would be Guanyin.  In East Asian Buddhism, Guanyin is a boddhisatva—an enlightened being who vows not to enter Nirvana until all beings are free—but she was...
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Nov.10.2012
This week has been all about the mythic, the intuitive, the Shadow Self. It’s been a week of abundance. Books, websites, articles, poems—I’ve stumbled across a wealth of interesting material. Here is just a sample of them on this Great Stuff for Writers Saturday: The Passion of Isis and Osiris...
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Oct.06.2012
I grew up in a devout but benevolent kind of Roman Catholicism and, even though I left my faith at 14, the church left a permanent stamp on the way I see the world. I hear from many people who feel scarred by early religious experiences, but in my childhood, faith was a source of wonder, awe, love...
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Oct.05.2012
  In Writing as a Sacred Path, I write that the beating heart of the writer’s life is the telling of tales. That all writers—be they journalists or novelists, poets or essayists or scholars—are, at root, storytellers. That storytelling is a profoundly spiritual act in which writers bear...
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Jul.05.2012
  Whenever I have stayed in a monastery, I have left wishing I could bring a touch of it with me, back to the world of deadlines and busy-ness, noise and chatter. The monastic life is devoted to the qualities that bring about spiritual clarity: quiet, contemplation, devotion, simplicity. These...
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Jul.02.2012
  From Writing as a Sacred Path: In The Monastic Journey, Thomas Merton writes about “special groups of men and women who separate themselves from the ordinary life of society, take upon themselves particular and difficult obligations, and devote themselves to one task above all: to...
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Jul.02.2012
  From Writing as a Sacred Path: In The Monastic Journey, Thomas Merton writes about “special groups of men and women who separate themselves from the ordinary life of society, take upon themselves particular and difficult obligations, and devote themselves to one task above all: to...
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Jul.02.2012
  From Writing as a Sacred Path: In The Monastic Journey, Thomas Merton writes about “special groups of men and women who separate themselves from the ordinary life of society, take upon themselves particular and difficult obligations, and devote themselves to one task above all: to...