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The magic of a morning routine

September 9, 2015   |   4 Comments

Yesterday was a wonderful day. I felt productive, connected, and easeful. I accomplished work I was proud of. I liked myself. I focused on what mattered to me and honored my energy ebbs and flows. When I went to bed, I felt good-tired. The day before yesterday sucked. I wandered around in a fog. I watched a lot of television.... READ MORE

Is writing an egotistical act?

July 8, 2015   |   2 Comments

I recently saw this question: Does anyone of you write morning pages? With Sokuzan Brown‘s talk today (in the Daily Dharma Gathering) I thought about the observing of the I and I was wondering if it is an act of holding on to the ego to constantly make I-statements in the free-writing. Generally, I would be interested what others think of journaling in connection to meditation.... READ MORE

A room of my own

June 3, 2015   |   5 Comments

In addition to creating a new online home (this redesigned website!!), I’ve taken a leap and decided to move to a new offline home as well—a workspace that is separate from my personal home. For years, I have worked at home and there are many things I love about doing so. There is something powerful about removing the separation between work... READ MORE

Why blog?

May 23, 2015   |   6 Comments

I am so excited about my new website. I could not be happier with the design and, as important, with the increased clarity about what exactly is going on here and how you might take advantage of it. I was a little surprised by how emotional the redesign process was. Every decision had repercussions for me, for you, for the... READ MORE

Creative Mornings Boston: Changes in business hopeful for the world…

June 13, 2014   |   Comments Off on Creative Mornings Boston: Changes in business hopeful for the world…

I really enjoyed giving this talk to the creative community here in Boston. I talked about how changes in the way we do business bode well for other changes we’d all like to see in the world…

Writers: How to Gain Confidence with the Container Principle

January 8, 2014   |   13 Comments

I was in beautiful Shambhala Mountain Center recently, teaching a writing and meditation workshop. As always, it was a wonderful combination of creativity, peace, and vulnerability. I really don’t know why, but the act of writing produces a lot of emotion, regardless of the subject matter. I’ve never known a writer who doesn’t do regular battle with these two issues:... READ MORE

Home Retreat: The Practice of Doing Exactly What You Want

July 4, 2013   |   23 Comments

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful time of year, whether it is summer or winter where you are. Here in Boston, the sun is shining on this Fourth of July and we are delighting in corn, tomatoes, and squash. And I am getting ready to do my annual summer meditation retreat. (I usually go on retreat two to four... READ MORE

My Annual Report for 2012

December 31, 2012   |   25 Comments

Hello, all. Inspired by Jonathan Fields, I wrote this annual report to try to make sense of 2012 and clarify my direction for 2013. Writing it was very instructive. I reviewed what worked, what failed, what influenced me, and where I plan to go creatively, spiritually, and professionally. Even though this report is about me, I hope you will find... READ MORE

You are weird. You're welcome.

December 5, 2011   |   2 Comments

We Are All Weird The Myth of Mass and the End of Compliance By Seth Godin I must begin this rare book review (I don’t think I’ve ever reviewed a book on my blog?) with a disclaimer: I love Seth Godin. I think he is one of the smartest, coolest, most generous people ever, EVER. Naturally I’m predisposed to like... READ MORE

Savor and Serve…my interview with Jen Louden

September 13, 2011   |   Leave a reply

I love me some Jen Louden. She is devoted, generous, smart, funny, and has a fantastic haircut. What’s not to love? Oh yes, she also wants to help everyone in the world become who they’re really meant to be and thereby save the planet. A mission I wholly admire. She interviewed me for her Savor & Serve project and you... READ MORE

How do you get back to your writing?

September 5, 2011   |   2 Comments

[youtube][/youtube] It’s hard enough to get to your writing on a regular basis. How do you find the courage to return to it after an absence? Patti Digh, Jen Louden and I discuss and also give some info about our upcoming workshop.

Walk Into Fear: How to Make Fear Your Writing Companion

September 1, 2011   |   Leave a reply

[youtube][/youtube] My friends (both wonderful writers and teachers) Jen Louden, Patti Digh and I met on Skype to try and answer some of your writing questions, gathered on Twitter and FB. Here is our riff on the first such question, “What do you do with all the fear that accompanies writing?!” Click on the video to check out our thoughts... READ MORE

Thrilled to have been interviewed for Susannah Conway's blog

February 16, 2011   |   2 Comments

Susannah is a photographer, writer, and teacher. Her creations are an organic expression of her heart rather; a true artist. It was a pleasure to meet her in person a few months ago and now connect our worlds through this lovely and fun interview about creativity. Please enjoy! Click on her logo to read. OR Interview here!

John Cleese's advice for nurturing creativity

January 21, 2011   |   2 Comments

Well worth watching. A wonderful explanation of, among other things, what we in Shambhala Buddhism call “Container Principle,” the view that the environment you find yourself in informs your experience just as much as the other way around.

Fun podcast interview with Ethan Nichtern

September 29, 2010   |   Leave a reply

Ethan Nichtern, founder of the awesome Interdependence Project, interviewed me for his podcast. Topics: finding the path, relationships and the lack of Buddhist teachings on them, creativity, and more. I loved talking to Ethan. Check out his book. One City. Here is the interview. Enjoy!

There is a way to write that solidifies story lines–and a way to write that liberates you from them.

June 8, 2010   |   8 Comments

I and Twitter pals Hiro Boga (@hiroboga), Mahala Mazerov (@luminousheart), and Jennifer Louden (@jenlouden) all wrote on the same topic today: The process of writing. For a kaleidoscopic view of this issue (storytelling vs truth telling), check them out. Hiro Boga: Tsunamis in the House of Wholeness Jennifer Louden: How to Be a Writer Who Loves the Gap Mahala Mazerov:... READ MORE

Talking w @JenLouden…

February 8, 2010   |   5 Comments

While I stayed at Jennifer Louden’s house, we talked about heartbreak, writing, and teaching. Plus she and Bob cooked for me and let me do laundry. It was awesome. Untitled from jennifer louden on Vimeo.

The Strange Habits of a Writer (this writer)

September 5, 2008   |   3 Comments

I can write to the ambient noise of a coffee shop, but not to music. I prefer to write when other people are sleeping. I like to write on holidays like Christmas and the 4th of July. Something about feeling that the rest of the world is otherwise engaged helps me. Hard as I try, I cannot, cannot, CANNOT write... READ MORE

What it's like to write

August 3, 2008   |   1 Comment

This from Philip Pullman, author of “His Dark Materials” trilogy, which I love. To read the whole interview, click here. Thank you, Mr. Pullman. Very clear and wonderful. I especially like this: Then I read it all again and think it’s horrible, and get very depressed. That’s one of the things you have to put up with. I hear that.... READ MORE

Halfway Home

July 29, 2008   |   8 Comments

So I can’t believe it, but I’m halfway through my sojourn in the clouds. I feel so sad and happy about this. Of course, almost nothing turned out the way I thought it would, but it has been a momentous time nonetheless. I’m still not sure why. Let me see if I can recount some possibilities. From a spiritual practice... READ MORE

Day Seven

July 17, 2008   |   11 Comments

This is the 7th day of writing/meditation retreat. Things are beginning to get interesting. Last night, I drove the 10 miles to Shambhala Mountain Center to hear Sakyong Mipham give a talk and in-depth meditation instruction. It was wonderful to see him, beyond wonderful, indescribable. Anyone who has had the great fortune to find a spiritual teacher, the teacher for... READ MORE

Where am I?

July 15, 2008   |   5 Comments

Somehow I’ve ended up house sitting in Shangri-la, up in the clouds, surrounded by quiet. This house is a gift, a blessing, a treasure. It is absolutely beautiful on the inside, but the killer beauty is just outside. The house is situated all alone looking directly out onto the front range of the Rockies which appear soft and distant and... READ MORE

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