Inspiration

 These are a few of the many people who have inspired me and helped me along the path. 

Ginger Kathrens

Ginger Kathrens

Ginger Kathrens,  Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation, award winning documentary film maker and Wild Horse Advocate.  For 19 years now, Ginger has followed, documented and brought awareness to Wild Horses.  She will go down in history as the Jane Goodall of Wild Horses.  She has dedicated her life to save wild horses from the cruel practices of our government run Bureau of Land Management in their effort to  ”Manage Wild Horses to Extinction.”  Ginger inspires me to be the best that I can be and to go forth as a Bodhisattva Warrior in the ongoing quest to save our country’s wild horse herds.  Thanks Ginger!!! 

Natalie Goldberg  

Natalie Goldberg, my teacher

Natalie Goldberg, by Kevin Moul

Natalie Goldberg is the author of ten books, including Writing Down the Bones, which has sold over one million copies and had been translated into twelve languages. She has also written Old Friend from Far Away, Wild Mind – Living the Writer’s Life, Thunder and Lightening – Cracking Open the Writer’s Craft,  the beloved Long Quiet Highway: Waking Up in America, a memoir about her Zen teacher, and The Great Failure.  She also wrote Banana Rose an endearing novel.  Natalie teaches classes in writing several times each year.  Natalie is my teacher.  Her teaching woke me up to Writing Practice.  In a recent interview with Sounds True Insights Natalie explains, Writing Practice as a Spiritual Practice. 

The Minerva Institute 

The plight for Self-knowledge is an ancient one. Socrates wisely pointed out that the “unexamined life is not worth living.” His guiding principle of “know thyself” is a perennial truth. 

The Minerva Institute – founder Chintana Ahlundtruth that can still serve us in modern times.

The Minerva Institute is a nonprofit organization motivated by the need for personal peace and wisdom. We offer programs in self-discovery that weave together many traditions to honor all persons. Our commitment is to provide as many pathways of self-exploration as possible. Our purpose is to deepen a person’s connection to Self and to others. We’re here to create and sustain a heart-centered learning community that values diversity.

 

Wendell Berry . When I read the work of Wendell Berry, my heart sings and I find my way back to the real simplicity of life, my true priorities.  

Beannacht, John O’Donohue  May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around your heart. I had never heard of John O’Donohue until I heard David Whyte recite his poetry. I would have loved to have known him, but his voice and words will inspire me always. Anam Cara was just one of his inspiring books.

Barbara Kingsolver  The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. The most you can do is live inside that hope, running down its hallways, touching the walls on both sides.” — from Animal Dreams.  Barbara Kingsolver sets the bar for writing in my way of thinking.  Each time she picks up her pen to write, she gives us a gift of love,beauty, entertainment and mind opening education.  A brilliant woman who inspires me not only with her writing but in the way she lives her life.  Barbara Kingsolver is who I read to make me strive to become a better writer.

 


   

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