Creativity

Presence & A Writer’s Reservoir of Images

Thoreau, that perpetual present-moment monger and chanticleer to the blind and busy, wrote perhaps the most beautiful and influential ode to the life-altering benefits of heeding the present. In the chapter “Where I Lived...

Five Ways to Root a Creative Spring Mind

Each late March my mind explodes. Like earth, it becomes bloom-happy, indiscriminately popping out one idea after another. The Canadian Arctic Inuktitut have a word I relate to creative spring mind - Puijilittatuq. For...

Not Your Grandmother’s Sweetness: Active Compassion and Writers

When I traveled to South India several years ago to study with my teacher, I didn’t intend to bring my father. But sure enough almost every morning, among the smell of chai and dust,...

Writing and Living Toward Truth: Closing Words

The following words I delivered March 19, 2010 at the close of the 5th Annual Yoga As Muse for Authentic Writing & Creativity Retreat held at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, NM....

To Be Inspired or To Inspire Yourself: Is the Muse Out There?

[Note: I know conventional wisdom is to keep blog posts short and snappy. Alas, my mind doesn't work well in sound bytes. I hope the post merits the length. I'd love to hear your...

FAQs About Yoga & Creativity

I would like to answer some frequently asked questions related to Yoga As Muse. I welcome your responses and questions. WHAT IS YOGA? I speak as a writer who came to yoga later but also as...

OUT OF THE WAY & IN THE WAY: Reflections on Yoga & the Creative...

It’s a precarious way of life, this writing from some place where will steps aside and something else altogether takes over. I don’t mean to imply that divine agency is afoot or that little...