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September 30, 2015



There are no experts on a subject.

I trust the teacher (doctor or friend) who is still learning about their subjects. I trust the one who continues to explore subjects. When someone stops exploring, they stop learning and this “quitting” interferes with their capacity to truly contribute. When they stop their exploring their view becomes increasingly narrow where they ignore a wider berth of possibilities. I don’t seek “experts,” unless they are willing to engage in authentic conversation. In this authentic conversation we both explore together, so that we may discover what is truly possible. If we “already know” then we are unlikely to discover anything new.  For example, a doctor once suggested I go to an expert on arthritis. I had been experiencing two years of intense pain. I thought, no, not yet. If I go to this expert on arthritis, that is all she will look for, or see. So, I sought out help through my acupuncturist. His view held a larger lens, and treatment was based on many variables, including our conversation. Four years later I am pain free and seemingly free of arthritic symptoms. (I won’t claim I don’t creak and crack some––I did just turn sixty!)

I held a recent retreat where I asked everyone to practice “not asking for permission.” Some participants discovered how challenging this was, even at a retreat among people they knew. We have been trained to constantly seek permission and advice from outside ourselves. Those gathered soon realized how our culture encourages us to be dependent on other’s “expertise” and permission. We explored how instead of asking permission of others, we can ask ourselves what we want and trust our inner knowing and integrity. When my daughter reached a certain age I invited her to stop seeking my permission to snack. Instead of asking me if she can have a snack, she could ask herself (trust her own hunger and body). Later I extended this to her going out. Instead of asking me for permission she could let me know what she was up to. And, if I had concerns, I could bring them up to her. She is at college now, where I expect she asks and trusts that inner expert of hers. (This is not to say she can’t call me for some motherly advice! And am grateful for these conversations too. But even here, I do my best to help her listen to her own knowing).

The only true expert is the expert of personal experience –– our own.

So we can start with ourselves by exploring a question. Become conscious of what it is we want: what are we asking? Also, in our explorations we can maintain an open mind that is always questioning and noticing….  It’s simple really, when we explore for ourselves, we will make a discover for ourselves. Instead of starting with asking another for permission or direction, ask from within as Clarissa Pinkola Estes suggests: “Asking the proper question is the central action of transformation-in fairy tales, in analysis, and in individuation. The key question causes germination of consciousness. The properly shaped question always emanates from an essential curiosity about what stands behind. Questions are the keys that cause the secret doors of the psyche to swing open.”

The best writers too, explore our topics on the page. We don’t come to the page as an expert. We come as explorers, and as students ourselves. I imagine (as this is true for me), the reason we write so many books (or blogs!) is that we want to continue our explorations and discoveries. Learn as we write. Again, Parker J Palmer shares this insight: “It is a mistake to imagine that writers are experts on the things they write about––at least, it is a mistake in my case! I write about things I am still wrestling with, things that are important to me but that I have not yet figured out. Once I master something, I put it behind me. I lose the passionate curiosity that writing a book requires. I write to explore vexing questions and real dilemmas, take myself into territories I have seen before in hopes of understanding myself and the world a better fit.”Parker J Palmer, from 1999 Preface of The Active Life

Then, from this place of exploration we will discover with others through our authentic conversations. As we live the questions together, we explore what is truly possible in the outer world.

Some time when the river is ice ask me

mistakes I have made.  Ask me whether

what I have done is my life.  Others

have come in their slow way into

my thought, and some have tried to help

or to hurt: ask me what difference

their strongest love or hate has made.

I will listen to what you say.

You and I can turn and look

at the silent river and wait.  We know

the current is there, hidden; and there

are comings and goings from miles away

that hold the stillness exactly before us.

What the river says, that is what I say.  –William Stafford, from The Way It Is 


Julie Tallard Johnson

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Published on September 30, 2015 07:46

September 23, 2015



The Vulnerable Man

Who? Who is

to turn this frog into a prince?

Who is to wake the one asleep

inside the virescent, damp skin?

I see him glimpse out

into this cast spelling world . . .

Who? Who is to release the Divine, hidden in

the heart of the exiled Beast?

Beauty me?

Beauty you?

Beauty before, behind, below?

Who? Who cast the spell?

drove the beast into exhile?

made thorns on roses?


Not me!

Have the Maker kiss the emerald frog,

break the wet skin that holds the inner man

Have the Maker and Caster of Spells

release the beauty from the beast

stored there for ancient and forgotten reasons.

Have the Caster of Spells

Maker of Potions

The Diviner

The Story Maker

the one who sparked me

and gave the world a frog-prince…

break the spell,

and give me a taste of His love potion,

(that’s all I need) to

bring the Beast in me to Light

so I

can love


–(Written for my Bad Girl’s Book Club)


IMG_0273On (this) FRIDAY September 25th I am offering the fifth of this year’s (free) WRITERS DAY RETREAT at our home and retreat center: Thundering Clouds Center for Creative Living, LLC. Begins at 10:00 am and goes till 4:00. Bring own lunch. Write, walk the labyrinth spiral in the restored prairie, stalk the woods, visit with the horses. Enjoy the awakening inside and out. We have 40 acres to explore. Or, sit comfortably in the Writer’s gazebo. At 3:00 we have a sharing circle.This is an opportunity too to meet up with other poets and writers.  I offer these days in remembrance, and as a way to honor the poet and essayist, William Stafford. He knew how valuable the written word is to our humanity and felt it worthwhile to support other writers and poets. He lived an open life. Please email for directions and to register: julie@julietallardjohnson.com


Ask Me

Some time when the river is ice ask me

mistakes I have made. Ask me whether

what I have done is my life. Others

have come in their slow way into

my thought, and some have tried to help

or to hurt: ask me what difference

their strongest love or hate has made.


I will listen to what you say.

You and I can turn and look

at the silent river and wait. We know

the current is there, hidden: and there

are comings and goings from miles away

that hold the stillness exactly before us.

What the river says, that is what I say.

–William Stafford, The Way It Is: New & Selected Poems, Graywolf Press   (A b00k every writer should have!)night’s



DSCF1309spacious, still air

lets tightbound words uncurl from sidelines, to spread

outward freely over open trails, once crowded

in day’s stampede      –a verse from Rebecca Cecchini (for more: Stone Skipper blog)




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September 16, 2015



I took this photo on a recent trip to San Fransisco with my daughter. This dog stood outside a hair salon watching as streams of people passed. She didn’t have a leash. She didn’t move from her spot. If you pet her, her tail didn’t wag. She just stood watch.

As she was trained to do.

Every day we had some memorable dog encounter. Later we read a large billboard announcing San Fransisco as a dog-friendly city. Even when we visited Carmel beach for its sunset, we encountered dozens of dogs without leashes. Inevitably, their human would be ahead of them, and the dog, without being called, would run to catch up to their owner. San Fransisco and Carmel beach are dog-friendly because the dogs are well-behaved.

Our dog, Snickers, on the other hand is not so well behaved. He has yet to be trained.IMG_2589

A well-trained dog becomes so at the effort, time, and expense of their owner. The results are worthwhile though because an untrained dog is a worry, a continual stress, and sometimes, an embarrassment. Inevitably there is more energy spent on an untrained dog then a trained one, without the positive results.

Being that this is a blog for writers, you have likely made the connection.

A disciplined writer, one who can hold their spot, stay focused for hours, and not be distracted will experience a lot more satisfaction than one who hasn’t taken the time to train themselves to sit and write.  We just have to give the time to our writing life (our creative life), train ourselves to write, and we will find ourselves following the ideas on the page as freely as those dogs on the beach. We will discover how simple it can be to “just sit” at the computer and write.

IMG_4837 Julie’s Obedience Training for Writers: 

Commit to a time and place to write for at least 5 days a week. A few of us have created a virtual writing support circle where we meet up weekdays and write together.
Make your life writer-friendly. Create a writing space for yourself that is easy to get to. Ideally, you have a place in your home to write. If not, find that favorite coffee shop or library. (Claim your spot in front of the store and write!)
Choose those three activities (one being to write) that when you put your head down at night you feel great about your day. You feel great because you have at least accomplished these three activities. If possible, do these first thing in the morning. Mine are: meditation practice, walking and (duh), writing. When I have these done in the morning (this is where the training comes in), the rest of my day becomes a wide-open beach to run.
Have two books as companion reads. One book will be a book that inspires you to write, and is in the same genre you are writing in. The second book is one on the craft of writing.
Carry a pocket notebook with you to jot down material to write about later. Consider yourself always “in conversation” with the topics you are writing about.
Keep It Simple and Use What You Have. Don’t get distracted by the pull to purchase the perfect pen or computer. You don’t have to research the topic you are writing about first, you don’t have to be, do, get anything — just write. Don’t hold off your writing till you’ve done the dishes or called your mother. There’s time for all that, later, after you have given time to your writing.
Gather with other writers to write.
Create a writing intention for yourself. “I live an active and generous writer’s life.” Then go about fulfilling this intention, every day.
See yourself as a Writer. Let others in on the big secret too. Come out of the closet if you are in one. Announce to the world, “I am a Writer.” Bark! Run! Then follow your owner home.
Write at least a page a day.
Finally, sign on the dotted line. Commit to some writing project. Send out a query. Blog a poem. Say yes to your writing in some way that makes you accountable to others. I typically get a contract for my books (having written a book proposal) before the book is complete. After getting my advance I then have to sit my butt down and write (because publishers always have deadlines). Give yourself deadlines.


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September 9, 2015

In a safe environment and with an established practitioner, you can explore inner realms, release repressed emotions, explore sprititual questions, experience transpersonal states and have personal visions. Breathwork is an internal vision quest.

Bindu Breathwork is borrowed from Stanislav Grof ’s Holotropic Breathwork™, Totlec Recapitualtion breath practices, and yogic and shamanic breathing. I play specially chosen music, which, combined with the breathwork, induces an altered state of consciousness.Transpersonal breathwork is a practice of recapitulation as well, where the breather “retrieves” energy lost to negative encounters.

Thursday evening: The evening begins at 5:30 with a check in and meditation.We will start with an intentional recapitulation breath from the Toltec tradition. Then you will breathe for about 75 minutes, followed by making a personal mandala of your experience. We will have a sharing circle, and finish up around 8:30/9:00.

I have offered breathwork sessions to groups and individuals for over 20 years. Please refer to my book The Wheel of Initation for more on Transpersonal Breathwork and Recapitulation practices.

Time and location: 5:30, with doors open at 5:00. 595 Water Street in Prairie du Sac

Cost: $50

Limted to 8.

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Dear Writers, Today’s blog is an invitation to join me in any of these upcoming offerings:

fallhomeSeptember’s FREE Writing Retreat is Friday September 25th!  This is an opportunity to meet up with other poets and writers. http://www.julietallardjohnson.com/calendar/41 I offer these days in remembrance, and as a way to honor the poet and essayist, William Stafford. He appreciated the written word as a way to maintain the integrity of our shared humanity and felt it worthwhile to support other writers and poets. He lived an open life. Please email for directions and to register: julie@julietallardjohnson.com

thumb-1A unique opportunity to VISION THROUGH Breathwork: (Evening of September 24th)  In a safe environment and with an established practitioner, you can explore inner realms, release repressed emotions, explore spiritual questions, experience transpersonal states and have personal visions. Breathwork is an internal vision quest. Bindu Breathwork is borrowed from Stanislav Grof ’s Holotropic Breathwork™, Totlec Recapitualtion breath practices, and yogic and shamanic breathing. I play specially chosen music, which, combined with the breathwork, induces an altered state of consciousness. Transpersonal breathwork is a practice of recapitulation as well, where the breather “retrieves” energy lost to negative encounters. http://www.julietallardjohnson.com/calendar/70  

WhiskeyExplore & Develop Your Intuitive Capacities:  A six-month series that meets once a month in Prairie du Sac on the first Friday morning of each month. Begins OCTOBER 2nd.  Each circle will offer specific practices that let you explore and develop your personal intuitive capacities and confidence. Based on a year-long training I took in Minneapolis in 1993, and went on to study and teach for 10 years. Build your intuitive confidence.  Understand boundaries, explore ways to keep your integrity in difficult situations, practice methods of intuitive development that strengthen your trust in self. Be grounded in your body and life. Differentiate between your emotions and the emotions and intentions of others, be skillfully empathic/highly sensitive.  Increase your emotional intelligence and spiritual integrity.  This is a great opportunity for emapths, highly sensitive people and intuitive types. http://www.julietallardjohnson.com/calendar/68 


I am also available for one-to-one transpersonal consultation. Email me with questions or requests: julie@julietallardjohnson.com mewriting1


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Published on September 09, 2015 06:35 • 1 view

September 2, 2015

UnknownI had hoped that writing could be a distraction from missing my daughter.

If wishes were fishes!

“If wishes were horses then beggars would ride,

If turnips were swords I’d have one by my side.

If ‘ifs’ and ‘ands’ were pots and pans

There would be no need for tinker’s hands!”

So I tinker.

I find, as all writers do, that writing takes us into our lives, our stories. Writing explores our possibilities, where we can become “intelligent tinkerers.” We tinker with an idea or an experience until something fruitful results. But we must not give up on our tinkering . . .  and the approach must hold some intention and intelligence.

“The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant, “What good is it?” If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we understand it or not. If the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like but do not understand, then who but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts? To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.” –Aldo Leopold, Sand County Almanac


This wisdom “to keep every cog and wheel” as we intelligently tinker, means to participate in our life and writing with receptivity to all that is, to not use any moment of our life to be distracted but to dig in, and explore, tinker. Intelligent tinkering in writing means to explore all possibilities, use all our experiences, don’t be so quick to reject “parts” of ourselves or experiences.

“What good is it?”

It’s all good. Use it all.


Here is more tinkering in my monthly Zero Point Agreement blog: Separation Anxiety Versus Regret: How to not do well, well. 

Join other Intelligent Tinkerers at my upcoming FREE writing retreat.gazebo







Link to Aldo Leopold Foundation and Center:  http://www.aldoleopold.org/home.shtml 



gerund or present participle: tinkering

attempt to repair or improve something in a casual or desultory way
“he spent hours tinkering with the car”

fiddle with, adjustfix, try to mend, play about with, fool with, futz with

attempt to mend (something) by tinkering. mewriting1
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Published on September 02, 2015 07:13 • 1 view

September 1, 2015

lydia.fawn3I thought I might get a free “get out of jail” card when our only daughter went off to college. (A free pass through the empty nest syndrome . . .)

I was mistaken.

Well the card wasn’t free anyway. I have had an active meditation and spiritual practice since the age of sixteen. Therefore, I assumed that letting go would be easy-peasy. Nice and easy.

I was mistaken.

Of course I am rejoicing and excited for our only daughter’s start at college. This is such a big time in one’s life! And she is going to be remarkable. But there is present inside me a vein of anxiety and sadness, and if I am not careful, regret.

So, I chose to keep my heart open to myself and to share this journey with those whom I love and trust. And my friends and community are generous in their support and guidance. In their shared openness they gave me this guidance in these recent days:

A spiritual teacher: “Trust your capacity to live this, and, enjoy the inevitabilities of life.”

A family member: “This isn’t the same as when you left home. Yours and Lydia’s relationship will blossom into another beautiful stage.” All of our pivotal moments with our children trigger psychophysical memory of when we were that age or at that stage. My leaving home was an escape from a dysfunctional and toxic environment.

My husband Bill: “This is what separation anxiety feels like; no amount of spiritual practice would make you exempt. This is okay to feel this way.” This further means to me that my spiritual practice is working, it’s just not taking the pain away for me. (Yes, I know, it’s an opportunity to practice).

What I learned from my practice: Regret is not part of the grieving or letting go process. When I catch myself regretting I open to the grief or sadness but do not feed the regret. Regret doesn’t serve anyone. In fact regret burdens the one regretting and all those around them. Regret is a destructive emotion. When you regret you place expectations on others (intentionally or not) to prove to you that you have nothing to regret. Yes, this separation anxiety is unpleasant emotionally but I have the capacity to let myself “grieve without regrets.”

“Our disasters come from letting nothing live for itself, from the longing we have to pull everything, even friends, into ourselves, and let nothing alone.” –Robert Bly


From a friend who also had an only daughter go off to college awhile back: “The best gift you can give her is to let her know you’re OKAY.” My daughter deserves the freedom to head out without burden. If (okay, when) I feel like connecting with my daughter or am missing her and want to contact her I ask myself: Is this action to benefit her or to take care of my emotions? If for her, then yes, I can go forward. If I just want to soothe my anxiety by contacting her, then no, work through this uncomfortable emotion myself.

A friend who knew me from the past: “You had a vision of partnership and family long before Bill and Lydia, then your community witnessed you create and then live that vision for 20 years with the two of them. Now, you are letting go of that particular vision. Or, that vision is simply completed. This is what letting go feels like. Now it is time for a new vision, or to let this one evolve.”

And!, all my decades of practice are working – I am navigating this transition, this opening, and this loss, by attending to myself but not making it all about myself. This is my daughter’s time. I will let myself have my emotions, while at the same time, remember what is truly going on here:

We raised a beautiful, capable, compassionate young woman.

We trust each other and we trust her.

I can live life from my side, and let her live from hers.

I can rely on my spiritual practice, family and community for support (and guidance).

This is a point of tension and change, more of a beginning than an end.

And from Parker J Palmer:The only guidance we can get on the inner journey comes through relationships in which others help us discern our leadings.” I am learning more who I am and what I am truly capable of. “We grow toward true self in a space where our growth is not driven by external demands but drawn forward, by love, into our own best possibilities.”parker-big-laugh

To be drawn forward by love and what is truly possible gives this sadness purpose, and opens my heart to what is to come for Lydia, her dad and, me.

“Take your practiced powers and stretch them out

until they span the chasm between two

contradictions . . . For the god

wants to know (herself) in you. – Rilke

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August 26, 2015

Julie with journals, 1988

Julie with journals, 1988

Writing, above all, is seeing clearly. Peter Mathiessen, Letters from the Wild

Since the age of sixteen I have relied on spiritual journaling and the I Ching to navigate the ups and downs of my life.

Spiritual journaling uses journaling and personal inquiry to investigate our life circumstances, deepen our spiritual practices, increase our awareness, and open up to our creativity. Self inquiry through journaling is a method used for thousands of years and is recommended as part of the treatment for depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and self-abuse (cutting). Many remarkable books, such as A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, come from a journal. Journaling accesses the inner teacher as well as opening us to all the creative wisdom we hold within. Journals are our field notes where we can jot down insights and observations from our day. I have been facilitating spiritual journaling classes for over twenty years and wrote a book for young adults on the topic: Spiritual Journaling: Writing Your Way to Independence.

Consider your journal as an outer temple, a place where you can engage questions and practices as well as document any insights and meaning made from such inquiry. Spiritual journaling is a universal means to access your inner wisdom and a method to give yourself personal insights without the direct guidance of a group or teacher. You are the meaning maker. You can investigate and ignite creative ideas through your journal entries.

A method of Inquiry through Journaling: 

Start with a question or challenging situation. First write in your journal a page or more describing the particular situation. Write about the story surrounding the concern. Then write out what would be helpful for you to know. What do you want insight around? What dynamic (such as fear, shame, doubt) is present in this situation? (In zero point book and circles we take a year to investigate a particular dynamic in our lives).

A difficult and challenging time must be taken as an opportunity to express in the outer world our highest inner principles. Brian Browne Walker, The I Ching or Book of Changes

Then, Ask how “living life from your side,” (the zero point agreement) could help you with this particular situation? Also, where shame is the dynamic that is playing out, what might be the higher vibration, the higher quality of this dynamic that could be expressed in this situation? Using the example of shame, TRUST might be the quality to bring into this situation. Thirdly, consult the I Ching or take a walk in nature or/and pick a spiritual principle to apply to this situation.

Let the investigation and inquiry through journaling be deep and even complex. But when it comes to the antidote, the action you are going to take “off the page,” keep it simple.

In the fourth step, identify and commit to a simple action that will transform this situation. Again, keep this simple. For example, if you use the Wish-fulfilling Mandala to both explore this situation and to choose an action: keep to the simple action steps you identify in exploring with the Wish-fulfilling Mandala.

Finally, I invite you to create a personal ritual. A ritual is a transformational practice that helps you embody the desired change and invites your spiritual source to assist you.

Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet. Ralph Waldo Emerson


There is room for one more, you?, in my Keep It Simple Writers’ Circle, starts in just a couple weeks!

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August 19, 2015


In the above image my daughter releases a banded duck. She has been trapping and banding ducks with her father since she could walk. Banding is a way to capture part of a duck’s story. We discover their migratory path, where they live, but mostly banding tells us a story about their survival and mortality.

To band a duck, we first have to rise at predawn to wait in the brush while one person sits in a blind to shoot the net over the ducks. Then, you take a hold of each duck, band it with the help of others, and finally, you release the bird back into the wild.DSCN1214

Sounds a bit like parenthood.

And what it takes to capture a story.

My daughter is about to be released into the wild of her adult life. And I hold my hand out open and wide as she takes flight. Our genetics and family bond have banded her to us; I know I will be able to follow the story of her life up until my story here is complete. Like a book in a series, book one is coming to an end. Fortunately the story is such a rich one, I expect to enjoy the next book of her young adulthood.

I also have my own story to live and write. This writing gives me reason too to rise at predawn, wait in the brush for the right words to emerge so that I can send the metaphorical net over the idea and band them to the page. I want to capture as much of the story as possible, with its flights and landings, with its beginnings, middles and endings.

Many of us don’t like endings.

But isn’t the ending the reason we read through an entire book? We want to see how it ends. And, how we end things (stages of life, books, relationships), either opens or closes the door to future possibilities. My first spiritual teacher said to be mindful and skillful in our good-byes. We want to say good-bye in ways that allow for us to meet up with this person again. We want our endings to be as rich and abundant as our beginnings (and middles!).

I want all my endings to be an example to my daughter, and to others, on how a real duck lives and dies.

I want my stories to have endings that offer a way for me and the reader to take flight into another story.

After all, the story of our life is a series of catches, banding, and releases.more.banding


“On motionless wing they emerge from the lifting mists, sweep a final arc of sky, and settle in clangorous descending spirals to their feeding grounds. A new day has begun on the crane marsh.”  –Aldo Leopold, Sand County Almanac



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August 12, 2015

DSCF1000Recently I was asked whether what I am writing in my novel is story relevant? Or, is it only writer relevant?

At first, this question stopped me.

Then I thought — right!, if what I write doesn’t move the story forward then it’s not truly relevant to the story. The subject may be important to me but not to the story and therefore not to the reader.

Sometimes my writing gets into all sorts of topics that are not truly relavant to the story or theme of my piece. I find myself writing around the topic, creating more back story, or going into detail about something that has little or nothing to do with the story.

Yup, like life.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks about how we often know what causes us suffering, but we still act in unhealthy ways. Or, we know what truly benefits us but we don’t get to our meditation practice or walks. We don’t truly move the story of our life forward because we choose to engage in activities that are not relevant to a vibrant, active life.

Resistance, fear and distrust often have us write and act in ways that create more of the same –– more resistance, more fear, and more distrust. Instead we can use these negative qualities as pointers that we are “off story” both in writing and in life. When resistance, fear, or mistrust arise, ask what you can do to bring your writing, or life, back to what is truly relevant, truly meaningful.

“Self satisfaction alone cannot determine if a desire or images-1action is positive or negative. The demarcation between a positive and a negative desire or action is not whether it gives you a immediate feeling of satisfaction, but whether it ultimately results in positive or negative consequences.” –His Holiness the Dalai Lama, from The Art of Happiness


In my writing life I maintain an awareness of my piece’s theme to keep me writing on what is relevant to the story. I am willing to take out material that isn’t story relevant. I may have written a beautiful piece about a tree frog but it doesn’t belong in this story –– so out it goes. I have to be willing to repetitively ask this question: Is this relevant to my story? Also, (and this may seem ridiculously obvious but) I have to know what my story is about and where the story is headed!

In my spiritual life I keep an awareness on my intentions to move my life forward. I ask: Is this decision or action relevant to my intention? (I have one core intention and a few others around specific areas in my life. For more on living an intentional life, read: The Zero Point Agreement). I do my best to remove those parts of my life that either hinder my health and intentions, or prevent me from moving the story of my life forward. I do also need to know what my life is about — where am I headed, (or want to be headed)?

Community also keeps both writing and life relevant. Don’t attempt to go at writing or life alone. Join in the noise of the world; live an active life in conversation with others. This means you will take risks, and sometimes even lead the rest of us in active engagement.

There is a community of the spirit.

Join it, and feel the delight

of walking in the noisy street,

and being the noise. –Rumi, A Community of The Spirit




Parker J Palmer, teaching engaged leadership





For information on Parker J Palmer’s circles: The Center for Courage and Renewal.

I have room for You in my writing circle that begins in September!

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