My Journey

One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice…
from “The Journey” by Mary Oliver

For a long time I dreamed of writing, I thought of writing, I read books about writing and once in a while I even became inspired enough to sit down with pen and paper and pour my heart out on the page.  I’d write for  a few days, but sooner or later my inner critic won out and I listened to the screeching voice that said, “you are no writer, what are you thinking?  You’ll just make a fool of yourself.”  And so I turned from my dreams and kept busy with all the other things going on in my life until those heart callings were silenced.

Finally, after I retired and my life settled down, I began turning inward to find that sweet voice I had once known, who spoke so clearly from my heart.  I’ve tuned her in and listened reverently to her urging.  Now writing has become my practice, my path, my journey.

My teacher and mentor, Natalie Goldberg says, The deepest secret in our heart of hearts is that we are writing because we love the world.  So wise is she and so right.  I do love the world!  I am fortunate to have found wonderful teachers in Natalie, in the authors and poets who have inspired me, in the incredible friends and family who support and encourage me, in nature, in my many wonderful puppy companions, and in my greatest teacher, Ron, my husband, beloved soul mate, best friend, biggest fan, muse and spiritual guide.

My life is blessed and my heart bursts with an abundance of gratitude. I hope that by putting my words out to the universe, I can share joy and inspiration from the incredible journeys of my heart and life to hearten others to seek their own path as well.

Peace and Love,


17 Responses to My Journey

  1. Welcome to the blogosphere! I have found that blogging is a wonderful way to keep showing up with your writing practice and also sharing practice. I’m looking forward to reading your blog and writing :)

  2. Dale Hawkins says:

    I love reading your writings. You give inspiration. Have a great trip. Can’t wait to hear all about your experiences.

  3. Tiffanie says:

    Beautiful! You continue to inspire me. :-)

    • Thank you Tiffanie – This is such a new adventure for me. I’ve been in Taos, NM for a week at a silent writing retreat with Natalie Goldberg and am anxious to get back. Love you, Paula

  4. Renay says:

    Beautiful and inspiring, as always. :)

  5. Thanks for your wonderful post Paula. I am currently going through a healing process and am finding writing very helpful and soothing.

    • Thank you Kenyon. If there is one thing I hope to accomplish with my writing it is to send messages of peace and love out into this crazy world we live in. I visited your website and think that I’ll find some healing sources there as well. I love when you put positive energy out into the universe and find connection with someone you might never have known.

  6. Congrats on the new blog. Enjoy it.

  7. JANET (KC) SMYTH says:

    I so owe you a comment here. Sad that it took me ending up flat out in bed to find time for recreational posting. I feel a kinship with your stories. Your characters are the same people I knew when I was younger and friends I have known for years. Thank you for sharing them with us.

    • Thank you so much Janet. I hope you are feeling better soon. We missed you Wed. night.
      I have felt that you’ve been a kindred spirit since I first met you. Your smile lights up the room and your wonderful are always spun with love.

  8. Melissa Maser says:

    It was lovely to read this. It was my pleasure to meet you at the meetings in Rock Springs, Wyoming!,

  9. I just now found your Blog, via the blog you sent me from Rachel Reeves. I’ve been frustrated the last few weeks because I don’t feel like I’m doing enough of the right things to build the cathedral for the wild horses and burros. Is it time for me to have a blog? Do blogs help our cause? I’m ready to March on Washington if that would help…somehow, we have to figure out how to change this game. Doing the same thing over and over without getting any different results is the definition of insanity. We must start doing different things…now. And, if not me, who? If not now, when? We are the leaders we’ve been waiting for. God, please help us. We need the Universe and all your heavenly beings and ascended masters showing us the way. Horse ancestors: please speak to us and show us the way. I am your servant, I have heard your call…now I need some Next Steps. Thank you, one and all. I KNOW in my heart we can get this done.

    • Hi Sandra, Thank you for your input. Yes, I do think Blogs help. Everyone has a different set of people who follow them. It gives you an opportunity – longer than Facebook, to tell your story.

      As far as doing the same things over and over, I hear you, but think about Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela. I think we try to keep the pressure on, keep expanding our base. Hopefully it isn’t insanity. But we are also exploring different strategies. Keep the faith. We will get there – as long as we stay the course.

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