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What happens if you compassionately open your heart?

James Lawerence SkyPix

Jimmy Lawrence, the photographer of this amazing shot, is one of the intrepid writers in my Powder Keg Sessions writing workshops. As you can see, intrepid is just the way he rolls! After the stimulation of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers last March, Jimmy has absolutely taken off with his writing.

Here is one of the sweetest bits of writing advice I have seen all week.

Exercise the muscles that compassionately open the heart.
In your writing and your life.

Dinty W. Moore
The Mindful Writer

I often take advice like this and apply it to all places in my life.

Exercise the muscles that compassionately open the heart.
In your writing and

1. In my parenting (every single moment)
2. As a neighbor
3. With myself
4. With a friend in need
5. With my husband
6. With my chores
7. In difficult moments with the people bumping around my kitchen
8. With work I find challenging
9. With fussy people at 7 a.m.
10. When outcomes are not exactly as I’d hoped.

When my heart is open, my responses are softer.
I listen better.
Something about opening my heart also opens my listening.

No wonder this is such good advice for writers.

How about you?
What happens if you exercise those muscles that compassionately open your heart?

Tons of love,
S

PS Here is a fascinating interview with one of my current favorite authors, Cheryl Strayed.

  • http://gravatar.com/jim7ny jim7ny

    Lovely Suzi, thank you for that compassionate calling and for running my shot.

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