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Writing is Bliss

“Your bliss and your purpose are the same thing.” – Mastin Kip

Follow Your Bliss, the dictum by Joseph Campbell, and if you do, Campbell insists, “you put yourself in a kind of a track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living.” According to Campbell discovering one’s bliss requires sacred space – “a space for uninterrupted reflection and unrushed creative work.” He believes you must have a room, or a time each day, where “you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes you.” Meaning, of course, it’s necessary to self-empty, allowing whatever is there to bubble up so you can get in touch with your own creative inner voice and reflect on it.

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Whoosh, There’s Writing!

“If you were an Aztec maiden who knew months in advance that on a certain morning the priests were going to throw you into a hot volcano, and if you spent those months undergoing a series of purification rituals and drinking dubious liquids, you might, when the time came, be ready to write.” – Annie Dillard, in The Writing Life

On a recent Sunday afternoon, after several unsuccessful attempts to get something on paper, I decided to organize my kitchen drawers, and came upon a small oak box hidden under some old cross-stitched tea towels. It was my mother’s favorite recipe box in the shape of a tiny roll top desk. The lined recipe cards pictured with apples and pears stamped in the right hand corners were all finger-worn, dog-eared and creased with the places and times of Mother’s living: Blueberry Crème Pie (Thanksgiving, ‘04, Glenna’s), Rhubarb Cobbler (Alta’s anniversary, church), Oatmeal Raisin cookies (Mary’s 50th birthday party). Mother certainly had her own ways of showing love, and cooking for others was her favorite. One day with a big grin on her face, she quipped, “How do you think I kept your Father interested for fifty years? I baked my way into his heart.”

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