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

Thursday, March 17, 2016

spirituality and fear

I'm afraid. There, I've admitted it. Now maybe I can let my fear go. I'm not a political person and this post will not be about politics. But I'm afraid because of what's going on politically in this country right now. I'm afraid because I guess I knew America still had issues like race and gender equality to deal with, poverty/hunger, etc. I just didn't know how prevalent racism and hatred still were. People are angry and probably have good reasons to be. But violence is not the answer to anger and fear. It only begets more violence.

Spiritual traditions teach us that we are either coming from a place of love or a place of fear and that our path is to learn to love. "Love your neighbor as yourself." "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you," etc. Don't judge. Be tolerant. Accept one another.

I'm struggling with not being judgmental. I'm struggling with coming from a place of love towards someone who makes my stomach curl inside out. I'm struggling with horror that so many Americans are listening to rhetoric that incites anger and violence.

Does history not teach us anything? Will we ever get over ourselves and become more enlightened beings? Martin Luther King said, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that." Where is the Light?

Here is my prayer. That the candidates find their way to the Light and begin behaving from a place of grace and dignity as befits the highest office in the land. That Americans eligible to vote go out and vote with their hearts, not their heads; with the candidate they feel will best help this country, and not by political affiliations and party.

This is all I can do about my fear. Give it to God and hope for the best regarding the outcome. Dear God, please shift the negative energy surrounding this election from fear to love.

Blessings,
Karen

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Insecure Writer's Support Group - March

Thank you once again to Alex http://www.alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com for creating the Insecure Writer's Support Group, a place where writers come together to share our journeys.

Aside from the idea I share about last month and the writing the firs paragraph, I haven't touched the...I can't even say manuscript. I have to admit, I've been very busy. I planned and executed a 20th anniversary celebration, hosted my son and daughter in law, plus my sister-in-law and her husband, helped with the planning of a Sugartime celebration coming this April, and rehearse multiple times a week for Sugartime and Sophisticated Ladies performances. I could say I don't have time to write, but that wouldn't be true. I do. I just don't appear to be motivated right now to focus on it. And I'm totally okay with it.

You know, retirement, I think, it meant to be a time when your to-do lists can go out the window, when you don't have to do anything you really don't want to do. I know there are daily chores that must get done. Still have laundry, grocery shopping, preparing meals, etc. But besides that, our days are our own. We get to fill them however we want.

I also seem to need more "down" time than I used to. After rehearsing, sometimes twice a day, I don't want to concentrate that hard. I want to read a book or watch a movie, or play spider solitaire. Or play around on Facebook. Or read blogs.

So, I can't really say what's going to happen with my writing at this point. Being the kind of person I am, if it becomes important for me to do, I know I will do it.

And regarding insecurity -- for the first time in my life, I feel good about me. I am at peace inside myself. I am feeding my soul in ways that makes my heart sing. I have a feeling the writing will once again become a priority, but not sure when that will be. And that's okay.

Till next time...
Blessings
Karen