Earth Joy Writing is about coming home.
The earth is the home for our bodies.
Joy is the home of our spirits.
Writing is a home for our minds.
We can come home wherever we are. Like water, we can learn to flow.
Yesterday was the last Earth Joy Writing workshop on the Oregon book tour. It took place in Ashland, in a room of women who had forgotten how to come home.
The theme of the workshop was Slow, Play, Listen.
Using exercises from the book, we slowed down. We played like children. We walked like foxes, we listened like deer, and we watched like owls.
We can be aware of loss and devastation and at the same time see that there is still so much here.
In fact, I have found that by opening my mind, body and spirit to what is gone, I can be more present for the journey in front of me.
In my last blog post, I wrote about the half way pause that happens to writers when we are working on a long project. The pause is necessary.
You entertain the possibility of something new. Maybe abandon the plan and start over. Go someplace exciting like California. It's very American. We love to start over.
But the problem with doing this, as a writer, is that a book can only become a book when it's done.
So I stuck to the itinerary I printed out before leaving. And when I asked Siri how to go, she took me down the same road I'd seen on the map and happened upon the morning before.
As the road headed up into the mountains, I knew I'd made the right decision. I'd had a dream about this drive years before.
In the dream, I was driving north in the Pacific Northwest. My soul mate was beside me.
In the dream, I knew I would head north. And then I would come home.
It was a dream about Earth Joy Writing. It was a dream about the book tour. It was a dream about the honeymoon. It was a dream of coming home.
How do you know when you're Earth Joy Writing on the right road?
Your dreams come true.
And you strike a power pose.
This will be my last post until I get home and then I'll blog weekly to continue to guide you on your Earth Joy Writing journey.
In the meantime, listen to an audio meditation. Watch a workshop video. Order the book if you haven't yet done so.
Slow. Play. Listen. And watch as your dreams come true. I can't wait to see your power pose!