Welcome to Following the Whispers blog

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.

“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Friday, January 8, 2010


I have a new assignment, given me by my writing coach, Mark David Gerson. I am to keep a journal, recording moments of trusting. It has become an acknowledgement journal, shifting the focus and emphasis from a harsh inner/outer self-critic, to recognizing my strengths and honoring the weaknesses.

For someone who hated herself for most of her 60 years, it is a tectonic shift in consciousness. When I look in the mirror and get upset about a few lines around my mouth, I tell myself I earned them. If no new words appear on the page, I ask myself what I learned that day. If I get cranky and snap at someone, I apologize as soon as I realize what I've done. Shame is losing its place in my psyche. I have no time for self-recriminations or self-loathing.

My morning prayer/meditation is that my consciousness continue to awaken; that that which remains in the dark will be revealed. That I be allowed to shine my light wherever and whenever I can. That I have a light to shine is a given. We all do. We just need to learn to acknowledge and accept it. It will do the rest.

How are you letting your light shine?



Tamika: said...

I think keep a journal is a wonderful idea! I like to revisit journals and see just how faithful and present God has been in my struggles. It builds my faith.

Jen Chandler said...

This is wonderful, Karen. I've found blogging to be a way to let my light shine. Honestly, it's an outlet for all that is inside me, all that I can't let out during my normal work day. What a gift this journal will become for you! You'll be able to have something tangible to go to during those low moments to help you remember who you really are :)

Happy Friday,

Joanne said...

Love the concept of shining our light. It's so important for our essence to be known. I do this through my writing, different essences of light in different writing ... blog, fiction, nonfiction. And always with my family, as we all enjoy each other's spotlights.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

I have a meditation journal...but I'm behind on it! I tried to find a few minutes on Monday and Tuesday before my days spiraled wildly out of control. I think I'm going to have to build that time in, though--it definitely gives me strength for my day.


Anonymous said...

I've started journaling myself. I've heard from many this is a great exercise, personally and professionally.

Stephen Tremp

Stephanie Faris said...

Great way of looking at things. I know I beat myself up pretty badly when I get no writing done in the course of a day. I need to look at what I DID accomplish.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

A journal is a good idea! I haven't kept one in years...

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

I go to a yoga class and am always amazed at how good I feel - physcially and mentally - after each session.

The Old Silly said...

I used to keep handwritten journals but as the arthritis got worse handwriting is quite painful, so ... I keep files where I key in inpisrations, thoughts, and meditations now. Good practice for anyone, and especially writers. Lucky you having Gerson as a writing coach!

Marvin D Wilson

Patricia Stoltey said...

My light? I think people appreciate smiles, so I share mine as often as I can.

I've never been successful at keeping a journal. I'm not sure why. Maybe I should try again -- My Journal of Growing Old. :)

Sally said...

a lovely- and potentially life changing - idea

Tabitha Bird said...

Oh, great idea. And, you have a writing coach? too cool!

Sylvia Dickey Smith said...

Sounds like Mark is more than a writing coach! Good for him and for you!

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