Monday, October 31, 2016

Big Magic

If we are connected on Facebook and/or LinkedIn, you know that I have posted from time to time about Elizabeth Gilbert's book, Big Magic. She writes about people having a genius (not being a genius) as well as the fact that ideas have a life and go searching for someone to write them, make them or do whatever the idea wishes. She recounts having an idea for a novel that she set aside for a few years. She met Ann Patchett at an event where they were on a panel together. Gilbert tried to work on the novel but it just wasn't happening. It turns out that Ann Patchett started to write that novel (a few details were different). Gilbert and Patchett figured out that the idea left Gilbert and went to Patchett at the time they met. 

Gilbert also tells the story of a poet she met who would physically run after poems when she was a child. The poet could feel them coming and would run home from working in the fields so that she could write them down. Sometimes she wasn't fast enough. 

So, what does this have to do with me? Occasionally I have a poem pop into my head and I have no clue where it came from. The poem insists on being written down. The one below even insisted that it be named what it wanted to be named, not what I was going to name it. 

This is it:


I am glad
that I was
the one along
with you on
the drive that
was mapped
by a hard
winter and
the things

that you said.

©2016 Kathryn Samuelson

This poem had nothing to do with my life at the time or even in the past. But, it was insistent that it be written down. 

I have had ideas for novels show up, keep me awake and not want to leave. I now politely ask them to move along, and I will suggest an author if I know that story fits that author's genre. Sometimes I just have to explain that I will not be writing the story, that it can rest a bit, but that it needs to find a different home.

What shape does big magic take for you? 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Compassion for Others

I listened to Krista Tippet's show On Being this morning. Today's show was an interview with former Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey and Eboo Patel, writer and founder of Interfaith Youth Core. It was a conversation around compassion, being active in the community, diversity, empathy for others, and the like. It certainly has me musing. The link to the show is here.

In working on the book, Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be, one of the meditation sayings that came through for the book was "Compassion for Others." This is the image from the book: 

I think that listening and compassion, having empathy are a path for the future to move us a way from fear and anger. It makes me think of the Truth and Reconciliation commission of South Africa (although I'm sure it didn't make that culture perfect), and the various types of wisdom and other circles where we make connections on deep levels. By changing how we listen and how we see on an individual level can change everything. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Consider the Chicory

One of the things I have been spending time on since my book, Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be, was published is writing poems inspired by the book. This includes a poem for each of the plants used as a background for the meditations. The plants are chicory, honeysuckle berries, loosestrife, rose, and water lily. I have decided to post the poems here. The first poem I am posting is about the chicory flower. This is one of the meditations using the chicory flower, which happens to be the photograph on the back cover of the book: 

This is the poem: 


Consider the chicory
flower in all its open 
heartedness. How it raises
itself to the sun
and to the world. It 
heralds joy and beauty. 

Consider how its
openness is like a
starburst, yet it receives 
all that nature, the world 
gives it. 

Can we show the
bravery of the chicory,
accepting what comes
our way and using it?

©2016 Kathryn  L. Samuelson

Monday, October 24, 2016

My First Foray into Blogging

I didn’t think that I would create a blog of my own, although I was a guest blogger on the former blog, Explore Beyond the Usual, for a period of time. I was reluctant to have to create new material frequently. Then I began writing monthly for Off the Cuff e-zine and for Fountain International occasionally which does require with coming up with new ideas and writing on them.

At some point a number of years ago, Janice Donnelly, an excellent palm reader that I know, looked at me and asked about eh second book that she heard that I was writing. My book, Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be, had not been published as of yet. Others have asked about the next book, or as with Norman Moody, a psychic, have told me that they see me writing more books. So, I created a couple of book ideas.

I recently came to the conclusion that those ideas may or may not be what the next book is about. This blog may very well help me to figure out what the next book should be about. I have fair amount of writing done for one of the ideas—poetry based on Opening the Heart. I have meditation sayings that I wrote in connection to the other book idea. These may become the prompts for some of the musings on this blog.

I hope you enjoy this blog.

And, for those of you haven't seen my book, this is the cover: