The Garden of the World

February 20, 2014

When I have a period of time when I ignore my writing I get grouchy, itchy and soon become unable to sleep.  Tom calls me the "Queen of Sleep".  That's because usually, in fact almost always, I sleep well.


Last night I tossed and turned.  The night before I did the same.  As I was talking to a fine artist friend yesterday,  I confessed to her that I hadn't been writing.  I could see that she was disappointed, perhaps even a bit shocked.  "You need to write every day.  You know that."  Of course I do.  No excuses.  No matter how busy I am.  Write daily.


So here I sit, writing this blog to you.  I don't have to be working on a new book or finishing one (which I need to do), or writing a short story; I just need to sit and write. Why?  It's who I am.  It makes my soul feel better.  It makes me a better partner, a better friend, a better mother and grandmother.  


Yesterday I met with a harpist who will accompany me when I read a poem for ArtPoem performances.  While rehearsing I read a Rumi quote:  "The garden of the world has no limits, except in your mind."   What a fascinating idea that it is our mind that limits us, not our intuitive soul.  


Einstein held a similar philosopgy: "The new idea is in the imagination, not the mind." 


I applaud them both on their wisdom. 

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