“Ego is a ghost who is terrified of dying.” ~Mooji, spiritual teacher from Jamaica
This sounds like my novel…
“Don’t allow your mind to tell your heart what to do. The mind gives up easily.” ~Paulo Coelho
Our modern society seems to value mind over heart. I wonder what our world would be like if we valued our hearts above all else?
“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy” ~the poet Rumi
I think Rumi is talking about any and everything you do, not just something you’re passionate about. Do everything from your soul. This makes the most mundane moment come alive so that it’s fresh and new and miraculous.
That’s living. ~Cricket
The same teachings are found in many religions. Here’s one on love and nonjudgment:
“As rain falls equally on the just and the unjust, do not burden your heart with judgments but rain your kindness equally on all.” ~Buddha
“One should view their spiritual work as learning to live life without stress, problems, fear, or melodrama.” ~Michael A. Singer, The Untethered Soul.
I’m just finishing up reading Mr. Singer’s book again, for the second time in just a few months! The clarity of his spiritual teaching is absolutely awesome, and like nothing I’ve ever read. This quote is a good one for me when I head to work in my job as a counselor for teens. Of course, as a storyteller of supernatural fiction, I pay no attention at all to minimizing fear, problems, or drama!! Ha-ha.
I agree with this in that I think all religions have Truth in them…if you’re open and willing to see how we’re really all the same.
“I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It’s just that the translations have gone wrong.”
― John Lennon
I think the dictionary should have this poem to offer as a definition of innocence:
And, for no reason, I start skipping like a child.
And, for no reason, I turn into a leaf
That is carried so high
I kiss the sun’s mouth
~the poet Hafiz
Six pages written today on my new novel is a good, solid day of writing. I’m earning the privilege of reading my copy of the new Dan Brown novel. Love, love, love religious intrigue in stories! My favorite thing, along with ghosts, of course. If I’m writing, you can bet it’s religious-y or mystical, and absolutely supernatural.~Cricket
Writing isn’t work.
I’m writing a new novel, and it’s like playing. In the same way it’s so much fun to visit Hogwarts, for example, it’s fun for me to write a world I want to be in. Writing is playing.
But writing isn’t just playing. It’s also artistry, but that’s not work either. Artistry is when I have a story that’s been a lot of fun for me, and now I want to shape it into something that readers can enjoy, too. That’s exciting, really cool. Rewriting is artistry.
And then there’s marketing the finished book. Sigh. Oh my God.