The little town that could (Woodstock, NY) hosted a writers weekend incorporating a discussion on the art of resilience, doesn't this seem fitting!
The charming panel read from some of their work, shared with humor and poignancy their creative tales on how they keep it all together (more often than not.)
There were a few jewels that I thought spoke to the art of resilience, whether or not we are writers. I think these make great journaling questions for anyone still doing their morning pages:
"What is the purpose to what you are doing?"
'Buddha, Dharma, Sangha' - "What or Who is your teacher? Is your structure in place, that which holds your inspiration and learning's? What type of community is needed at this time - hold my feet to the fire thank you vs. a nice warm cup of cocoa and some positive stroking thank you."
What do you need to take with you on this pilgrimage?
"Where do you get your energy from?" Answers included a lot of nature, and staying in 'awe' and surprisingly social media. Both Priscilla and Kris spoke of the power of blogging and how having that community is very affirming. (Shout out to BlogHer!)
Finally and very powerfully, "Artists create as a way to go towards wholeness."
I appreciate hearing the timber and tone of their voices and the stories behind the story. Listening to others articulate their creative process jazzes me and makes me want to not be lazy! With that said I spent a bunch of hours on a rocking chair, on an old 1850's wrap around porch steering at some very contented cows (but that's another story.)
Here are some of the authors that you may want to check-out: Gail Straub - Returning to My Mother's House (empowerment through mother issues); Kris Carr - Crazy Sexy Cancer (yes, can live a healthier life); Priscilla Gilman - The Anti-Romantic Child (finding herself while finding her son); Jeff Golliher - Cultivating Your Seven Spiritual Instincts for a Fearless Life (hard to believe we come with all we need.) Stay motivated!
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