Writing From Your Soul – The Workshop

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Writing From Your Soul ~ Denver, CO
Reid Tracy, Nancy Levin, Dr Wayne Dyer (left to right)
Two Day Writing Workshop, April 27 – 28, 2013

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”  ~ Henry David Thoreau

I first heard this quote in the 1980’s and it so inspired me then that I typed it on a 3 x 5 card and pinned it to the wall of my work cubicle.  Somewhere through the years, I know I lost sight of my dreams and this beautiful, inspirational quote worked its way to a desk drawer, hidden, out of sight.  But now it has come back to me and I intend to place that quote somewhere in each one of my workspaces so I am constantly reminded of my dreams.  You see, I have many dreams and aspirations….now is the time to work on making them a reality.

This past weekend, I was blessed to attend this writing workshop, Writing From Your Soul, along with 499 aspiring writers and another 300+ who watched live via webcast.  Hay House is the publication house responsible for this workshop.  The speakers were:

  • Reid Tracy, President/CEO of Hay House, who truly is interested in helping authors reach their audience.
  • Nancy Levin, Hay House Event Director, who led the writing exercises and writes poetry that leaves you breathless.
  • Dr Wayne Dyer, a true super star as an author and one of the most humble men I have heard speak.

For a long time, I have wanted to write a book.  However I had no idea how to approach the mechanics of what would be needed.  More importantly, I wasn’t even sure what my subject matter would be, even who my target audience is.  Not the best way to start.  I am happy to say that all of that started to change for me last October when a good friend and I attended one of Dr Dyer’s speaking engagements at MileHi Church in Denver.

The next thing I knew, information about writing kept coming to me out of the blue, or so I thought.  I assure you it wasn’t mere coincidence.  Emails about this workshop came to me, comments on my other blog about my writing, comments on Facebook that I should write, artist friends mentioning how much they enjoyed my writing, even a Facebook post about the November Writing Challenge through National Novel Writing Month captured my attention.  The message to write was almost YELLING at me….WRITE Kathleen WRITE.

Let me share with you how important it is to pay attention to the things that continually appear in your life.  I have found it is God’s way of communicating with you, guiding you on a path where you can help others.  Deepak Choprah calls it Synchrodestiny, which is the merging of coincidence and destiny.  As Deepak puts it, recognize and trust that there is a rhythm in life and when we live in harmony with that rhythm, everything we desire comes to us effortlessly.

That’s what happened to me, the workshop was in Denver about an hour away from where I live.  It was being held on a weekend where my schedule was free.  One of the speakers was Dr Dyer, who I have admired since I first read his book Your Erroneous Zones, and it became so clear to me that I needed to be in this workshop.  I enrolled in November and also decided to start writing this blog as a way to prepare for my journey as a writer.

Fast forward to today, the morning after the workshop that has changed my life.  Not only was this an invaluable learning experience, I witnessed synchrodestiny at work in my life and others during this weekend.  The connections I shared with others in attendance, hearing their stories, watching so much unfolding before my eyes.   Many of us in attendance were/are newbies at writing.  Others who attended were certainly more practiced and better prepared knowing their base audience.  The thing is, now I have a road map that I didn’t have before and I have never been afraid at working hard to achieve my dreams.

Do I know what I will write about in my first book?  Not exactly.  I have ideas, they are percolating.  Do I know what it takes to get a book published?  Yes, I have a much better understanding of the process and all the work involved.  Am I committed to what is required of me to accomplish this? Yes, absolutely.

My next step is to begin work on the very valuable book proposal draft.  There is a lot to do and I am getting started today.  One of the by-products, if you will, of attending this workshop is being given the opportunity to present a book proposal to Hay House by the end of October 2013.  I know this will prepare me for so many things.  I hope you will follow me as I begin this part of my journey as a writer and please feel free to share with your family and friends who may be interested.  I will be posting more frequent updates on my Facebook page that I hope you will find informative.

The journey begins today.

Namaste.

What Inspires You? ~ Blog-o-Sphere Think Tank Topic for April

The topic for this month’s Blog-o-Sphere Think Tank writers is: What Inspires You?

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Ya baby!

Oh, there are so many things.  To sum it up, life inspires me.  Especially when I am able to live it to the fullest!

Dan & I just returned from vacation in the beautiful, spectacular and stunning  Zion National Park.

The park is brimming with life, like this cute little guy who climbed all over my hiking boots trying to entice me to feed him some of my lunch, which is illegal so there would be nothing from me.  Plus, little did he know I have 3 adorable basset hounds who work me every day for more food than they should have, so he didn’t stand a chance and quickly moved on to other hikers on the trail.

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Mr. Chipmunk in search of a morsel of food.

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Spring unfolding.

I am inspired from all I saw and experienced; how will that manifest?  I’m not sure.   One thing I do know is the last time we visited Zion, about 10 years ago, I think my eyes were somehow closed to the spectacular beauty that is pretty much hard to describe in words. Maybe I wasn’t ready for the experience 10 years ago.  I just didn’t see, as strange as this may sound, the majesty present in the vistas.  This time I WAS READY and soaked it all in.  I’ll let Dan’s photos give you a glimpse of what await those who travel to Zion.

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Feeling like I’m on top of the world

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Mystical

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One of the views from Angels Landing

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The serenity of morning light

As an artist, I can tell you that during this trip, my eyes were opened to things that were obscured to them before.  I am so grateful.

Sure, so many people say they are inspired by nature that it tends to sound cliche.  I get that.  I also know that spending quality time in places like Zion revitalize my mind and soul.  Now that’s my kind of inspiration!

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Me with my husband and soul mate, Dan.  This is our idea of a perfect day/date.

I urge you to seek being nurtured by nature, and its abundant life, because it can provide more than inspiration for your mind, body and soul.  You won’t be disappointed, I promise.

P.S.  All the photos, except for the chipmunk and flower, were taken by my talented husband Dan.  He rocks!

Now lets see what my fellow Blog-o-Sphere Think Tankers have written on this topic!

Andes Cruz: http://www.andescruz.wordpress.com
pencilfox:  www.pencilfox.com
Shelagh Blatz: www.designsbyshelagh.com/blog
Christine Esovoloff: http://christineesovoloff.tumblr.com/
Kathleen Krucoff: https://kathleenkrucoff.wordpress.com/

Namaste.

Meditative Swimming

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Most days, I try to cram too much into a 24 hour period of time.  I guess most of us do with our hectic lives/schedules.   Whenever I have too much on my plate, things become difficult.  The unrealistic, completely self-imposed pressures frustrate me.  Some days I manage my time better than others.  I think that’s fairly normal.  However, I began meditation practice in November of last year.  The benefits of meditation, especially daily meditation, are priceless to me.  As a result, I now make time for daily meditation.  I have found that  through meditative swimming, I can reap the benefits of doing two things at once, physical and mental.  It is a completely freeing process that leaves me refreshed and nourished to take on the rest of the day.

Shortly after I began meditating last year, I discovered that I could meditate while I swam.  In fact, I have found some of my key mentors in this practice, support the idea of meditating while you walk, swim or run.  Yes, I know most think meditation should take place in a specific location that is quiet and free from distractions   However, I like to think that meditating while doing something good for your body is another positive way to enjoy the practice.

Of course, I do find being quiet and still while I meditate to be wonderful, as it does refresh and renew my spirit, mind and energy.  Yet, I must admit I do like mixing it up and being creative with my meditation practice.  I think you have to find what works for you.  I definitely have, because  I got completely hooked when I experienced the full immersion (no pun intended) into a meditative state while swimming.  It is absolutely A M A Z I N G!

My husband and I belong to the YMCA, which gives us access to several pools in our area.  One of my favorites is 25 yards in length, making it more conducive for me to be fully immersed in meditation while swimming.

As I swim laps, I use the “I AM” statements as a positive mantra to feed my mind.  Quieting the mind can be difficult some days.  The internal voices yammering away about so many insignificant things.  But those powerful “I AM‘ mantras I utilize while swimming definitely help to quiet those voices.

I like to use positive affirmations; “I am perfect health”, “I am centered”, “I am happy”, “I am creative”.  Sometimes I include things that I want to reinforce, other times I use things I would like to project and bring into my reality.  Short, succinct statements that flow easily with the freestyle strokes as I swim.  Everything blends in a perfect, rhythmic harmony and before I know it, I am consumed by centering thoughts.

Generally I have 30 minutes on my regular swim days to engage in this practice.  I emerge from the pool, rested and refreshed.

For those of you who practice meditation, I would love to hear your experiences if you would care to share them in the comments.  For those of you who don’t practice meditation, have I peaked your curiosity?  If so, are you ready to try meditation?  Trust me, I think you will find the practice to be rich and rewarding.

Namaste.