Remember when you tell your story, you are speaking heart to heart, human to human, god to god.
Telling your life, changes your life.
“The Master was unmoved. To all their objections he would say, ‘You have yet to understand, my dears, that the shortest distance between a human being and Truth is a story.’ ”
— Anthony de Mello in One Minute Wisdom
“A story is told eye to eye, mind to mind, and heart to heart.” Scottish proverb
This conversation between two accomplished writers who speak with the ease of mother and son about something so rich and full as living the writer’s life moves you to write.
- Maya Angelou, poet and woman phenomally
- Guy Johnson, poet and novelist
Listen for the gems casually thrown out as their love and respect for the power of the word and the stories about us they tell is revealed in the artful and playful dialogue. Pick the emeralds and diamonds out of the air and hold them for a lifetime of wealth and beauty.
How’s this for a writing lesson?
This documentary blew my mind. I kept trying to imagine this in an American classroom. Would we be so free? Would the teacher have such latitude? Would the children cooperate, grow, and learn? Would the parents allow it? But it does show how the power of writing can instruct the body, heart, and mind. Sheer genius.
by David Whyte
Your great mistake is to act the drama
as if you were alone. As if life
were a progressive and cunning crime
with no witness to the tiny hidden
transgressions. To feel abandoned is to deny
the intimacy of your surroundings. Surely,
even you, at times, have felt the grand array;
the swelling presence, and the chorus, crowding
out your solo voice. You must note
the way the soap dish enables you,
or the window latch grants you freedom.
Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.
The stairs are your mentor of things
to come, the doors have always been there
to frighten you and invite you,
and the tiny speaker in the phone
is your dream-ladder to divinity.
Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into
the conversation. The kettle is singing
even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots
have left their arrogant aloofness and
seen the good in you at last. All the birds
and creatures of the world are unutterably
themselves. Everything is waiting for you.
Take a look at what this group is doing with the power of telling a story visually, and otherwise. More power to their story!
Are you struggling to be you? Has your story been one of always helping or rescuing others and not yourself? Listen to this advice by Caroline Myss who would say that you are raping yourself. Stark? Well, as she says being honest with someone is perhaps our greatest challenge. Is it time to be honest with yourself and reclaim your authority over yourself?