Quote of the Day: Julia Cameron

The creative soul creates from the heart. Always… The greatest gift for the creative soul is the presence of a muse… That which inspires is love.

“I recognize that art begins in the heart. I love my creative nature and I love expressing it. I create as an act of love and connection. I allow the Universe to dream through me, to create through me.” – Julia CameronHeart Steps: Prayers and Declarations for a Creative Life

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I remind myself this day and every day… I am abundant, I have love.

Namaste… Pamela

Food For Thought: Learning From The River

Decades ago I read through almost all of Hermann Hesse‘s novels hungry, in fact, voracious in my appetite for knowledge. That has not changed, for I still love to learn. Having spent my lifetime teaching myself a wide variety of things, I am now, finally, almost 3/4’s of my way through classes to finally get my B.A. in Creative Writing and Digital Communications at UMass Amherst University Without Walls. But that is a different story… Today it is about the river.

I have learned so much from the river. I live in the estuary region of the Merrimack River and I spend a great deal of time watching the river flow, sitting in deep contemplation, meditating on the lessons of life. Every day, the river shows me the meaning of going with the flow and being in the moment. It is in constant motion and it is the source of life. It is complex, it is simple, it is calm and it is powerful. It offers no opinions, it just is as Herman Hesse describes below…

“But he learned more from the river than Vasudeva could teach him. He learned from it continually. Above all, he learned from it how to listen with a still heart, with a waiting open soul, without passion, without desire, without judgment, without opinions.” – Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

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Sunset on the Merrimack River

Daily Affirmations: I Will Do My Best

As a writer I often struggle with my voice questioning whether my words are touching others lives as I intend them to. Artists often struggle with their creative talents and find it difficult at times to properly express themselves through their given medium. This is true for all people, as it speaks to a question of whether or not I am good enough, or capable of doing a good job in any vocation. It is important for us to learn to cross that bridge and put self-doubt behind us when it arises.

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The bottom-line is that all people at one time or another suffer from self-doubt. In these moments of self-doubt, we each must remind ourselves that in doing our best, we will succeed…

Today, I honor the place in me that knows who I am. I am filled with a warm sense of comfort by honoring all that I am. I thank the Spirit that moves through me and brings my creations into fruition. I go forth on this day, knowing that I will do my best, in all that I do.

Namaste… Pamela

Photo: Foot Bridge at Maudslay ~ c. Pamela J. Leavey

Hozier on the Today Show

Hozier was on the Today Show this morning performing his breakout hit Take Me To Church and his new single, From Eden, both from his self titled debut CD, Hozier. As noted in the interview before his performance of From Eden, Hozier is indeed, “a tall drink of water.” Watch here:

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