Posted in the ‘Writing Ideas’ Category

Bringing Your Gifts to the World

By • Jun 15th, 2017 • Category: Creativity Coaching, Life Coaching, Writing Ideas

It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though the limits of our abilities do not exist. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin I just watched the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions for this year. The most surprising was Joan Baez, Folk music icon from the 1960s whose career began in coffeehouses […]



Creating with All Your Heart

By • May 31st, 2017 • Category: Creativity Coaching, Life Coaching, Writing Ideas

If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing. – Marc Chagall Love is a sacred reserve of energy; it is like the blood of spiritual evolution. – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin I recently saw a short film tribute to Chuck Berry, the undisputed father of rock and roll, […]



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 […]



Nature the Greatest Inspiration

By • Mar 16th, 2017 • Category: Creativity Coaching, Life Coaching, Writing Ideas

Among my favorite nature writers are Thomas Hardy and John Steinbeck. Best known as literary giants, they brought an extraordinary sense of the natural world to their work. In the first chapter of Hardy’s Return of the Native no humans are introduced. Rather, a place, Egdon Heath takes center stage in all its wonder and […]



How Is Surrender Essential to Being Creative?

By • Feb 28th, 2017 • Category: Creativity Coaching, Life Coaching, Writing Ideas

We can’t force creativity. We know this intuitively. If we told a painter that we wanted a masterpiece by five o’clock tomorrow, they would look at us like we were crazy, that we clearly didn’t understand what being creative was all about. An important part of being creative is learning to surrender to the flow […]



Are You Adrift in a Sea of Distractions?

By • Jan 14th, 2017 • Category: Creativity Coaching, Life Coaching, Writing Ideas

I started writing before the development of the personal computer, when cut and paste meant I was down on the floor with a pair of scissors and a jar of that thick white glue that smelled vaguely of peppermint. It was in many ways a simpler time with far less pulling on my attention. Every […]



The Invisible That Supports the Visible

By • Dec 9th, 2016 • Category: Creativity Coaching, Ireland, Life Coaching, Nature, Writing Ideas

I just listened to an interview with the late Irish poet John O’Donohue where he tells a wonderful story from Africa that he got from poet Robert Bly’s book The Soul Is Here For It’s Own Joy. As it goes, there is a man with a herd of cows who notices that they are not […]



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 […]