Posted in the ‘Poetry’ Category

How Ireland Supports Creativity

By • May 3rd, 2017 • Category: Creativity Coaching, Ireland, Poetry, Writing Ideas

I’m in the West of Ireland where in a few days I will meet a small group of travelers as we explore the music, myths, magic and mystery of the place, the people and the culture. I am always struck for the support for the arts in Ireland and just discovered a poetry walking tour […]



How Can Nature Help Us?

By • Feb 15th, 2017 • Category: Creativity Coaching, Life Coaching, Nature, Poetry

Nature is not what you think! … She has a soul, she has freedom, she has love, and she can speak. – Fyodor Tyuchev In challenging times such as these, nature can be a great source of solace and support. Simply being in nature slows down our brain waves from everyday busy beta waves to […]



Creativity Comes From Beyond the Mind

By • Oct 8th, 2016 • Category: Creativity Coaching, Poetry, Writing Ideas

All the things that truly matter – beauty, love , creativity, joy, inner peace – arise from beyond the mind. – Eckhart Tolle Once years ago when someone asked me what we did in my writing workshop I laughingly responded, “I’ll teach you to lose your mind”. I was delighted when they signed up on […]



The Profound Beauty of John O’Donohue

By • Sep 16th, 2016 • Category: Creativity Coaching, Ireland, Poetry, Writing Ideas

We can slip into the Beautiful with the same ease as we slip into the seamless embrace of water; something ancient within us already trusts that this embrace will hold us. – John O’Donohue Beauty brings us alive. As we focus our attention on the beautiful we are immersed in the here and now. Whether […]



William Butler Yeats – The Second Coming

By • Sep 6th, 2016 • Category: Creativity Coaching, Poetry, Writing Ideas

I saw an article in a recent Wall Street Journal about Nobel Prize winning poet William Butler Yeats’ poem The Second Coming. He wrote the poem in 1919 in the aftermath of World War I, when there was darkness and chaos in the world and concern for what the future held. Apparently his words hold […]



Connecting to Nature and Creativity Can Help in These Troubling Times

By • Aug 17th, 2016 • Category: Creativity Coaching, Nature, Poetry, Writing Ideas

The earth has music for those who listen. – George Santayana Nature and creativity are doorways to the sacred. They can help us connect to the deeper parts of ourselves, the knowing of our hearts and souls. They can assist us in being more present in the moment and give us access to expanded capacities […]



Being Creative Satisfies Our Soul

By • Jul 31st, 2016 • Category: Creativity Coaching, Life Coaching, Poetry, Writing Ideas

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. ― Rumi One of my all time favorite quotes on creativity comes from Irene Claremont de Castillejo who said “Nothing is more satisfying to the human soul than creating something new. . .” I love it because it feels […]



Reclaiming a Sense of Enchantment

By • Jul 8th, 2016 • Category: Creativity Coaching, Life Coaching, Poetry

For a while now I’ve been interested in the idea of re-enchanting the world, returning to a sense of wonder and delight in the workings of the universe as more miraculous than we think or can capture with our linear minds. So recently while reading a book about the Celtic spirit, I was intrigued by […]



Poems of Gratitude

By • Nov 24th, 2015 • Category: Creativity Coaching, Life Coaching, Poetry, Writing Ideas

Below I’ve shared three poems of gratitude. One by Gary Synder for the earth, elements and all beings that sustain us, one by W. S. Merwin who is offering thanks for all the things in the world, including those that we wouldn’t normally think of giving thanks for. He is inviting us to embrace everything […]



Being Creative Makes Us Happy

By • Sep 17th, 2015 • Category: Creativity Coaching, Life Coaching, Poetry, Writing Ideas

Years ago I heard Nobel Prize winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney give a lecture at the University of Washington. In the middle of this very academic speech, he paused, threw up both his hands and said, “oh, just write for the joy of it” and then dipped back into the lecture. I don’t remember anything […]