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
Monday, April 11, 2011
A-Z Challenge: I - If only
I spent most of my life in if only land and let me tell you, it keeps you from living life fully in the here and now. Because in if only land, you are either in the past wishing you'd done something different, or in the future, imagining what life will be if such and such happens.
I have to work very hard at staying present inside my skin. The easiest way for me to lose myself is to become unconscious. There are so many ways I do this - watching junk on TV, playing spider solitaire or mah jong solitaire (for hours).
One way I've taught myself to stay aware is to focus on details - what color shirt am I wearing, what is that person saying over there. This has actually helped me as a writer, to focus on specific details.
How about you? Are you living in the land of if only or are you right here with me?