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I carry a notebook with me wherever I go, to catch any whispers, insights, or images that inspire me throughout the day. In Piero Ferruci’s book, “Beauty and the Soul,” He suggests keeping a diary of beauty, and I love what he says: “Journaling in this way activates our aesthetic awareness and creates an aesthetic field, an inner space where beauty is not just a possible encounter but a close friend.” It’s through the practice of taking notes, and in a way conversing with the day, that I feel a deeper intimacy with the sacred. Yes, Beauty becomes a close friend, as is my sense of soul.
Every few years I realize that it is “harvest time.” I come to a moment when I am committed, not just to taking notes, but to bringing a writing project into being. Today is such a day. I’ve dumped my most recent dozens of journals with the last few years of scribbles and notes into a pile… and must begin to sift through. It is time to re-read, discover how often I repeat myself on various themes, and circle the passages that speak to me now as a reader. The more distance, I find, the better.
I’m looking for anything and everything on “Befriending the Soul,” as well as any poems or passages on Joy, both the high, mystical experience of joy as a sense of oneness and belonging, but also the ordinary joy of being… both body and soul joy- both human and holy.
This harvesting is like weeding a garden to uncover the flowers (so many weeds! so many flowers!)- and so much like a treasure hunt. I have to get through the grocery lists, notes to self… the “what I would be writing if only I were writing” pages… you’d think that after producing 2 albums of songs and nearly 20 books, I would be over that…
Sometimes,( and this is what I love,) I find passages that were written as if by someone so much wiser than I am- as if I were just quickly taking notes- receiving insights through my pen. I’m grateful for these. These passages usually happen when I have emptied my mind on a walk somewhere.
Sometimes there are poems, sometimes there are pages that speak to me, though I hardly know what to do with them…
It’s quite the challenge- deciphering the mysteries,… determining the difference between gibberish nonsense and something a little bit better… searching for what is beautiful, nourishing and true. I’m still not sure about that page above- it’s amusing… it’s clever…. but is it anything more?
This collection of blessings and gifts has been waiting patiently to be born, ever since I imagined how lovely it would be over a year ago. There are Seven beautiful tokens/talismans/treasures, and each has a fortune sized blessing. There is also a parchment sheet of soul wisdom. GO HERE TO ORDER.
This is a sweet, delightful celebration of soul – perfect to gift to one person, or to enjoy as a soulful group of friends. WAY better than crackerjacks!
This is a corner of the parchment of Soul Wisdom, from Soul Blessings Gift Bags…
As the day follows night,
every winter is followed by spring.
Flowers bloom again, nectar filled,
to sip for new energy,
peace and well-being.
from The Honey Sutras