Writing to Get Right

I’m taking another shot at National Blog Posting Month. February seems the perfect time for it. I’m in the mood to write and it’s a short month.

I love the idea of daily blogging. I have been writing Morning Pages, a la Julia Cameron, every day save two or three for over seven years now. I started writing Morning Pages in October 2002, while living at the beach in Hawaii. We had just realized it was time to leave our island home and head back to California. It was a time of nonstop transition–things had already been shifting rapidly for the past few years and we were facing down yet another major change.

There was nothing external to hold onto so I grabbed a colored pen and retreated into my journal to find refuge from the storm and get my bearings. Morning by morning, one day after the next I sat down to write my three pages, longhand, before I did anything else. When all else failed I could still write. When I had no idea how to put one foot in front of the other anymore, I wrote.

Slowly but surely, and I’m talking years here, a new phase of life began to take form. I forged a new relationship with myself that was reliable. I grew to trust myself by coming back to the page and pouring it all out without censoring or judgment. Over time it became easier to see what was true for me and what I had taken in or taken on that really had nothing to do with me.

My new awareness came not from the writing, alone, though writing has served me well as witness, guide and mirror. The real teacher was Life. Letting go of what wasn’t me and whole-heartedly embracing those things that moved me, like running, dancing, singing, breathing, hooping, spending time with those I Love and living life as it comes, allowed Life to right me.

It isn’t easy to let go, and yet there are times when there is nothing else to do. In the end it is what we are and not what we have that matters. The irony is that the more I have let go, the richer and fuller my life has become. Try it and see for yourself.

Thanks for stopping by. I’m looking forward to the unfolding of this month-long adventure of daily blogging. I have discovered that there is an interesting phenomenon that happens with disciplined writing. New insight and awareness come to light when we reach for more words than we think we have. Stay tuned. And please come back soon.


NoMoNaBloPoMo ~Live True

Las Trampas Hiking Trail
I had blogging on my mind yesterday, off and on all day. I had blogged nine straight days. I was proud of my efforts and knew that being almost a third of the way there, I could accomplish my NaBloPoMo goal of a blog post a day for thirty days running.

The thing is, though, I wasn’t feeling particularly taken with any of the ideas that came to mind. I considered posting something just for the sake of fulfilling my intention to do so. That didn’t feel very good to me, though. I blog to share ideas, images and information that feel inspiring. If my heart isn’t in it, it is just a mechanical act.

So, No More National Blog Post Month for me unless the spirit moves me that many days in a row. We’ll see. My days of doing something just because I said I would in a moment of inspiration are long gone. When I stretch beyond that with which I am aligned it never turns out as I had hoped it would, regardless of my good intentions.

Living true to who we are means allowing for the fresh insights and deeper realizations that emerge as we are making our way down a particular path. Things are seldom what we think they are as we begin them and sometimes everything we need to fulfill our reason for choosing that direction happens quickly. Other times the path continues to draw us forward and our horizons expand in wonderful ways as a result of that journey. Only in honoring that which is true for us in the moment do we stay in the flow of our own river of life. Loving yourself means trusting what you feel and honoring it with your actions. No one else needs to understand or approve. Only you know what is right for you.

My friend, Nicole, and I hike once or twice a week in the forest pictured above and the surrounding hills. We share a passion for being out in nature, for getting exercise in a natural and uplifting way; we are willing to push ourselves a little and aren’t afraid to slow down or stop if that’s what we need to do. Some of the trails are super steep. Others, like this one, are gentle and winding. Sometimes we follow the trail to the end. Other times we turn around and find a way that feels better.

Go boldly in the directions that call to you, live true and love you.


NaBloPoMo ~Blogging Inspiration and Astrology

I just signed up for NaBloPoMo–National Bog Posting Month. The beauty of this is that unlike NaNoWriMo–National Novel Writing Month; each year tens of thousands of us attempt to write 50,000 words of a new novel between November 1st through the 30th (I signed up three years and succeeded twice)–NaBloPoMo starts whenever you do with the goal of posting to one’s blog every day for a month.

I can’t even begin to count the levels on which this appeals to me. As a lover of words and writing, any excuse to write is a good one. Secondly, there are so many things that I’m drawn to write about–all these amazing changes taking place in the world, reflected by the ever-changing cycles that create the language of the sky. This looks like a great inspiration for getting more of this in writing to share with clients, friends and readers, everywhere.

Mercury, The Messenger, is in Cancer with the Sun, opening us to ideas about taking better care of ourselves and those we love. The Moon just entered the sensual Goddess Venus’s sign, Taurus, setting the mood for taking your time, stopping to smell the wildflowers, enjoying nature and appreciating what there is to love in your world. Venus and Mars are both in Gemini at the moment, the sign of writing, communication, expression of all kinds, networking, short bursts of activity and me, actually. This is a great time for sharing what you are passionate about, what you are doing and what you are creating in your life, today. Go forth and communicate!

Who else is ready to take up this blogging challenge with me?