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Buddhist Writing Prompt: Take responsibility

Take responsibility is about not blaming others when things don’t go the way you hoped. Instead of looking for somebody else to blame, you can turn it around and take responsibility for your part in the drama. The original lojong slogan is: Drive all blames into one. This doesn’t mean you blame yourself or make… Continue reading Buddhist Writing Prompt: Take responsibility

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Natalie Goldberg on the Loneliness of Writing

Sometimes I wonder why I continue to write, especially when it seems to take me away from other people. The more I dig into myself, the wider the chasm between us. Do words make any difference? Can they bridge the gap? Is that even possible? Here’s a reminder from Natalie Goldberg that loneliness isn’t necessarily… Continue reading Natalie Goldberg on the Loneliness of Writing

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Buddhist Writing Prompt: Turn obstacles into the Path

Turn obstacles into the path is about working with whatever happens, no matter how difficult, rather than waiting for your life to be perfect. If you only meditate or write when you feel good, you’ll get stuck when you have a bad day. The original lojong slogan is: When the world is filled with evil,… Continue reading Buddhist Writing Prompt: Turn obstacles into the Path

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Buddhist Writing Prompt: Practice Self-Acceptance

Practice self-acceptance continues the instructions for tonglen meditation found in slogan 7 and says you should begin the practice with yourself. It’s good to have compassion for others, but you can’t help others unless you can help yourself. Compassion really does begin at home. The original lojong slogan is: Begin the sequence of sending and… Continue reading Buddhist Writing Prompt: Practice Self-Acceptance

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Review: Free Your Pen – Eloquent & Profound!

A big thank you to Claudia Durr for the first review of Free Your Pen – so glad to hear you’re enjoying the book! Here’s the review:

★★★★★ Eloquent, Simply profound! July 26, 2017

All I can say is WOW! This is exactly what I needed! The simple yet profound advice the author has to offer resonates with the essence of my being. I haven’t finished the book yet and don’t think I ever will. If this were in paper back vs. Kindle I could picture the softly worn and creased pages 20 yrs from now.

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Buddhist Writing Prompt: Always Train with the Slogans

Always train with the slogans encourages you to apply the practice of mind training to everything in your life. The slogans can be used with almost anything, it’s not just about meditation. It was this slogan that gave me the idea for the book this series is based on. The original lojong slogan is: In… Continue reading Buddhist Writing Prompt: Always Train with the Slogans