Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Meaning of Enthusiasm

Entheos, the root of the word enthusiasm, comes from the Greek 'to be filled with God'. Lately as I've contemplated starting new writing projects, I've felt a difference in how I approach my work. If I push myself to write just for the sake of knocking out the word count, I often feel there is emptiness to that approach. I do believe that there is benefit in starting to write when I don't feel inspired (which is often) and do often find that inspiration catches up to me. 

But the times when I feel most thrilled to be writing are when the words, sentences and stories seem to be spinning from a very deep and excited place in me - it's almost as though I can't wait to get the words down on the page. When that happens - I feel completely enthusiastic - "filled with God" - and the whole process of writing feels like a divine dance. 

How do you writers out there work? Do you subscribe to the BIC principle (butt in chair) or do you often feel filled with a divine sense of creative power — or perhaps both? 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Goddesses in the Dust: Greece and Pluto

Economically, things have been bad in Greece, but they are about to get worse. These lines at ATMs remind me of stories I read about the Great Depression and runs on the banks. 

I have many friends in Greece and am very concerned about how things will pan out in the coming days, weeks and months. If Greece leaves the EU, which seems imminent, then they will have to return to the drachma. With the country in economic collapse, how will they print their own currency? They can't even pay their own paychecks. Banks are closed, so how will people survive and pay their bills? 

So many questions unanswered. I can't help but think of the god Pluto. You know, that planet on the outer reaches of our solar system that was just demoted as a planet? Well the word comes from ploutos, which means wealth in Greek. Pluto (known as Hades in Greek mythology) is the god of the underworld, which rules the bowels of the earth, including excrement, and all manner of things taboo that folks don't want to discuss. But in order to heal these things, they must be brought up into the light and that means some serious digging. Yet Pluto also rules the riches and wealth to be found in the earth's crust, so there is duality to this deity. There where you find shit you can also find diamonds. 

I wish my beloved Greek companions the ability to dig deep and discover the massive wealth that is buried just beneath the surface of this powerful and ancient culture. It is the indomitable spirit of the people that will be its saving grace. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Goddesses in the Dust: Be the Girl on the Right

Do you ever feel different? Like different as in: not Okay?

This photo of a little girl doing her own thing - regardless of what everyone else is doing - makes me feel better. I've always felt like the odd girl out -  but then again, who hasn't? I love this image because it speaks to the deepest part of us that says: It's OK to be who you are. It's OK to be an individual. It's not only OK - but necessary to express your creativity and authentic self. 

What it really is asking is: if you're not being who you are, if you are just following everybody else and not listening to your own inner voice, then who the hell are you being?

Amen to that, little sister. Amen to that.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Big Magic

I love Elizabeth Gilbert's book, Eat, Pray, Love, which I just started to re-read yesterday. Today I saw that she has a new book coming out this fall. Can't come soon enough. I love the idea she puts forth here: 

Go Ahead and Create and Don't Make Such a Freaking Big Deal About It.

This is a huge relief. As I finish the current book I'm writing I'm already looking ahead to the next. Sweating, fretting, a bit anxious. Then I realized: Relax. Have fun. Read for a while. You just wrote a book for Goddess's sake. Take some time to rest in between and let those creative juices swell, bubble and reform themselves into a sweet new brew. 

Good advice, Liz. Cannot wait until September.  

Monday, May 11, 2015

Goddesses in the Dust: Mothering Ourselves

Unearthing the divine feminine, one archetype at a time...
My mom holding me outside our apartment in Torino, Italy

Yesterday was Mother's Day. My kids sent me greetings which made me feel very special and loved. My own mom has been gone now for over 20 years, but that doesn't mean I don't still miss her, especially on a day like this. But recently I've been encouraged to focus on mothering myself. Maybe we all didn't get what we wanted as kids, maybe our mothers weren't the most demonstrative. After all, it was the 50s. Helicopter parents were unheard of, as were seat belts, cell phones and soccer moms. Today's parents are all over their kids and back when I was growing up, you were pretty much on your own. 

Don't get me wrong. I love my mom, and know she did her best for me. But no matter how much mothering you got, it's still important to learn how to mother ourselves. Some psychologists use the term inner child, and that works for me. So when your own kids grow up and leave home, your little inner kid can use your attention. Put your mothering instincts to use there and embrace the child within. We could all use a hug.