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The Back Door to the Inner Voice of Confidence

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on May 4, 2011 2 Comments • views: 535
The Back Door to the Inner Voice of Confidence

I just finished a performance tonight at an awards concert. I accompanied my French horn student, who was the winner of a scholarship competition. I was a little nervous, as it’s been a long time since I’ve played on stage. I’ve been a musician for decades, soloing in high school and college and leading the […]

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Suicide of the Self

Filed in Your Purpose as a Writer by on May 2, 2011 0 Comments • views: 357
Suicide of the Self

When I was growing up, I loved to listen to Barry Manilow. Call me square. I probably was. One of my favorites was one of Barry’s greatest hits, “Copacabana.” It was the beat that first attracted me, but as I grew older, the story came to life in my imagination, and I found myself wondering […]

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The Voice of Resistance is NOT the Real Inner Voice

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, When Writing Is Hard by on April 29, 2011 0 Comments • views: 328
The Voice of Resistance is NOT the Real Inner Voice

Steven Pressfield wrote in his book The War of Art that resistance with a capital “R” raises its ugly head anytime we try to pursue something that calls to us from our higher nature. Such activities, he says, may include any calling in any creative art, any diet or health regime, any program of spiritual […]

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5 Ways to Gain the Freedom to Follow Your Inner Voice

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on April 27, 2011 0 Comments • views: 296
5 Ways to Gain the Freedom to Follow Your Inner Voice

There’s a lot of talk in today’s culture about how if you follow your inner voice—or think positive thoughts—the money will follow. This has led a lot of people to believe that all you need to succeed is a positive attitude and faith in yourself, but that can be a dangerous point of view. Let’s […]

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127 Hours of True Isolation

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on April 25, 2011 0 Comments • views: 413
127 Hours of True Isolation

I finally got a chance to see the movie 127 Hours a couple weeks ago. After all the accolades I was looking forward to finally getting a chance to share in what everyone was talking about—the amazing story of this young man who cut off his own arm to survive in the middle of the […]

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Can Today’s Kids Hear Their Inner Voices?

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on April 22, 2011 0 Comments • views: 289
Can Today’s Kids Hear Their Inner Voices?

A friend commented today on a recent trip she took with her son. Typically, on long drives, she and her husband take the vehicle with the DVD player in it so the boy can watch movies or play video games. Recently, however, the player malfunctioned, and so far they haven’t taken the time or money […]

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The Opposite of the Inner Voice

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on April 20, 2011 4 Comments • views: 883
The Opposite of the Inner Voice

Sometimes, especially when we’re trying to make a decision, we’re not sure which of the voices inside us is the true inner voice. Often it can seem like our heads are bombarded by many voices. There’s the rational one, the one that sounds like mom or dad, the complainer, the inner child, and maybe a […]

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We All Want to be Seen

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, Your Purpose as a Writer by on April 18, 2011 0 Comments • views: 461
We All Want to be Seen

Actor Kiefer Sutherland has a new, innovative series showing on Hulu called “The Confession.” Airing in five-minute episodes, it tells the story of an assassin who corners a priest in the confession booth for an in-depth conversation about the nature of good and evil. The assassin wants to understand faith, and the priest doesn’t have […]

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Stability or Authenticity? The Inner Voice at Mid-Life

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on April 15, 2011 0 Comments • views: 305
Stability or Authenticity? The Inner Voice at Mid-Life

I’m reading a new book this month: Living Your Unlived Life by Robert A. Johnson and Jerry M. Ruhl, Ph.D. It’s been out a couple years, but it’s brand new to me. The authors talk about how we spend the first half of our lives pursuing a certain path and creating an existence for ourselves […]

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The Key to Your Limitations: Belief?

Filed in The Inner Life by on April 8, 2011 0 Comments • views: 349
The Key to Your Limitations: Belief?

I watched Bradley Cooper’s new movie, Limitless, this week. The main character Eddy gets ahold of a new drug that helps him “access” more of his brain, which makes him smarter. A lot smarter. This gives him many advantages, including the edge at his job and a second chance with his ex-girlfriend. But without the […]

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Sleepy Nation: Are You Listening to Your Body’s Exhaustion?

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on April 6, 2011 0 Comments • views: 569
Sleepy Nation: Are You Listening to Your Body’s Exhaustion?

We Americans fail to listen to our bodies. I caught part of a documentary today called Eyes Wide Open, directed by Quentin McDermott. Broadcast on the Documentary Channel, it talked about how sleep deprivation is becoming a way of life for many of us, with economists estimating that sleep disorders cost us over $9 billion […]

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The Inner Voice Speaks Through the Body

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on April 4, 2011 2 Comments • views: 456
The Inner Voice Speaks Through the Body

For the last week my eye has been driving me crazy. I’ve got one of those muscle twitches, the kind that makes the eyelid quiver and spazz out like a dying fly. I figured it would go away after a day. Or two. Certainly after three. But I’m going on seven days now, and it […]

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