DAY 10 ~ REDO ~ THE SEASON OF WRITING

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Poem:
Redo You

Don’t speak— just read.
Take captive the thoughts
you ought to heed.
Imagine them
d
r
o
p
p
i
n
g
from your mind.
Take them back—
Press rewind.
Oops, how do you undo?
Next time better think it through.
Forgive, forget.
Never regret.
Just hit reset.
Now, start anew,
and redo you.
© Juliet Ligon 2014 . All Rights Reserved.

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Poem: http://www.poemzoom.com/poem/redo_you_530879

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DAY 6 REVITALIZE ~ The Season of Writing

Day 6: REVITALIZE

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To imbue something with new life and vitality.

“Trust in what you love, continue to do it, and it will take you where you need to go.”
― Natalie Goldberg

Revitalization isn’t starting over, it’s the first step in renewal, a blending of old ways with new ways. For autumn, find any neglected, forgotten, mundane thing in your life and revitalize it. Whatever you find, let it take you out of your comfort zone for a moment, and write out any and all emotions, thoughts, or ideas to grow within your creative endeavor.

Daily Journal:
Look through your writing, pick something that stands out. Play with it. Revitalize dormant words with new energy. Create something new.

Poem:
Embracing My Essence

My essence of being in which I remain,
The pursuance of dreams I wish to obtain

Melody of my soul shall sing me a song,
Embracing my essence to which I belong

Facing myself, What shall I find?
Trials endured through the hands of time

Parallels of my mind echo away,
Speaking the moments of my yesterdays

Recollection of memory embedding my thoughts,
Untangling my spirit amongst the knots

Conquering confusion consuming my soul,
Releasing the madness taking its toll

Pursuing the future with hope by my side,
Beauty of my essence no longer shall hide

Shining my light upon my darkened heart,
Stitching the pieces fallen apart

Revitalization of past stories told,
Essence of my healing starting to mold

Beginning again on this long winding trail,
Into my future my essence shall sail
~Roxie Perry

Ever grateful,
Juliet & Colette

©juliet&colette2014

Sources:
Picture: http://www.churchplanting.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/revitalize-churches.jpeg
Poem: http://www.poetrysoup.com/poems_poets/poem_detail.aspx?ID=592639

DAY 5 BALANCE ~ THE SEASON OF WRITING

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DAY V: Balance

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“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.” – Rumi

Finding balance in life can be a challenge when trying to juggle so many different things at once. It’s easy to lose sight of your writing when the responsibilities of being alive come knocking on your door. Tracking down where the balance is between work and fun can also be a challenge, especially if something fun suddenly becomes work instead. When caught up in the whirlwind of fun or imagination, you do have to find your way back to the obligations of your work and your life. There is always a time for both.

YOGA: Meditation is an incredible way to seek balance in your life. Sit comfortably, legs folded however feels best for you. Sit tall, your core open and tight, harboring the energy inside. And breathe. Do not try to push away the thoughts that come trickling in; just let them pass with quiet acknowledgement as you seek your inner balance.

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JOURNAL: Write about your meditation. Were you able to find a balance, even if just for a moment? You can use your journaling as another form of meditation. Let the flow of your words guide you to balance. You will find balance allows those words to flow more freely.

POEM:

At Dusk
At first I think she is calling a child,
my neighbor, leaning through her doorway
at dusk, street lamps just starting to hum
the backdrop of evening. Then I hear
the high-pitched wheedling we send out
to animals who know only sound, not
the meanings of our words – here here –
nor how they sometimes fall short.
In another yard, beyond my neighbor’s
sight, the cat lifts her ears, turns first
toward the voice, then back
to the constellation of fireflies flickering
near her head. It’s as if she can’t decide
whether to leap over the low hedge,
the neat row of flowers, and bound
onto the porch, into the steady circle
of light, or stay where she is: luminous
possibility – all that would keep her
away from home – flitting before her.
I listen as my neighbor’s voice trails off.
She’s given up calling for now, left me
to imagine her inside the house waiting,
perhaps in a chair in front of the TV,
or walking around, doing small tasks;
left me to wonder that I too might lift
my voice, sure of someone out there,
send it over the lines stitching here
to there, certain the sounds I make
are enough to call someone home.
– Natasha Trethewey

Ever grateful,

Juliet & Colette

©juliet&colette2014

Photo: http://myphysiosa.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/balance.jpg
Quote: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/balance
Yoga Pose: http://yoga-mind-control.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/yoga.jpeg
Poem: http://necromancyneverpays.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/at-dusk/

DAY 4: CHANGE ~ THE SEASON OF WRITING

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DAY 4: CHANGE

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“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates

Through the journey of life, change is a constant companion. Being afraid of change is normal, but accepting the change is mandatory. As your writing continues, do not be afraid to change things; do not be afraid to be unusual. Embrace the changes in yourself, in your writing, in the world. Every day is an opportunity. Just as trees shed their leaves for autumn, nature holds on to its strength, lets go of the unwanted, the unneeded, and is free to welcome all that comes. It is a natural act to change as the world continues through its cycles.

DAILY JOURNAL: Sit down and review something you’ve written. Peruse it for changes, examine alternate possibilities; nothing is set in stone.

POEM:
Change
The summer
still hangs
heavy and sweet
with sunlight
as it did last year.

The autumn
still comes
showering gold and crimson
as it did last year.

The winter
still stings
clean and cold and white
as it did last year.

The spring
still comes
like a whisper in the dark night.

It is only I
who have changed.
– Charlotte Zolotow

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Ever grateful,

Juliet & Colette

©juliet&colette2014

Picture: http://houseppd.com/2014/08/29/beyond-belief-towards-a-new-methodology-of-change/
Quote: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/525284-the-secret-of-change-is-to-focus-all-of-your
Poem: http://nexuslearning.net/books/PHLit-Copper/change.htm
Photo: Day IV: CHANGE