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Self hate or self love?

January 17, 2008   |   3 Comments

I am one of the luckiest people alive because I have some amazing friendships. Like the guy mentioned above who e-mailed me those comments about Dylan. I mean how awesome is that. This morning was talking to another friend who said, when I was telling him about trying to become a better, more disciplined writer, “Sometimes the energy of self-hate... READ MORE

Inspiration much?

January 16, 2008   |   2 Comments

Was e-mailing with a friend yesterday about the kookiness of trying to make a living as a writer when he said this: Being an artist is a risk. Risking non acceptance. Art has an interior dimension. One is groping for what has profound MEANING. Then to present that sense with integrity is vital. But it is a risk because it... READ MORE

Next book?

January 14, 2008   |   Leave a reply

Woke at 530 am. Was nervous about meetings today and after much thought and study, devised the following step-by-step strategy: 1. Feel nervous. 2. Rouse good cheer and trust in my own intelligence. 3. Drop all of that. 4. Click in with the atmosphere of the meeting and allow it to affect me. 5. See what happens next. Strategy was... READ MORE

Next book?

January 13, 2008   |   9 Comments

Unlike fiction writers, we non-fiction, self-helpy people don’t submit books, we submit book proposals, a lengthy outline of an idea. Good news: The book is sold before you start writing it. Bad news: creative direction is subject to group-think.In writing 4 books, I’ve screwed this creative direction thing up every which way. I’ve acted the know-it-all and ignored valuable input... READ MORE

Any writers out there?

November 26, 2007   |   Leave a reply

There are two things writers want: time & creative flow. Getting away from your everyday routine makes space for both. Join me on a retreat constructed especially for writers. The focus will be on plenty of time alone for personal writing, combined with daily meditation practice and evening discussion groups. Open to writers of fiction and non-fiction, published and unpublished.... READ MORE

Books on Meditation & Creativity

October 9, 2007   |   Leave a reply

Mary (who commented on this post) asked about books or articles about meditation and writing. Here are some suggestions: In terms of readings, there really is nothing specifically about meditation and writing. That said The Zen of Creativity by John Daido Loori is a wonderful book about Buddhist practice and creativity. Also, Dharma Art by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche is wonderful,... READ MORE

meditation and creativity

August 29, 2007   |   6 Comments

Am at Karme Choling right now, teaching a meditation retreat for writers. This combination of practices is magical. Meditation practice reverses the traditional model for getting somewhere. We don’t see something out over the horizon and then put one foot in front of the other until we get there. Instead, we try to stay still and let something come toward... READ MORE