Archives for September 2014

WRITING RETREAT: “WRITING AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE”

spiritual practiceJump-start your creativity at my day-long retreat on “Writing as a Spiritual Practice” at beautiful Mercy Center in Burlingame, CA, on Sunday, October 5, 2014, 10-4. Lunch is included. Registration closes 9/30, so grab your seat now at http://preview.tinyurl.com/nd547vn.

On this special day of community, enjoyment, and expansion, we will reflect, write, and share about:

  • Resting in the divine as we give expression to the human
  • Gently releasing old blocks, fears, and distractions
  • Practical tips and finding new inspiration

This retreat is back by popular demand, and will include more time to write, share, and explore. We’ll also delve more deeply into subjects like: “Lifting Ourselves.”

Writing is a creative act. It asks us to lift ourselves beyond the everyday world of “to do” lists, work tasks, and grocery shopping into a realm where we see those activities—and all the rest of the universe—through the eyes of the One. With that universal vision, we find greater meaning and joy. We become clearer and more productive. And we bring those riches to whatever we then say about everyday matters.

Each time we go to that higher realm, we come back changed. We may return to the everyday world when it’s time to cook dinner, but the curtain never closes as far as it was before. Each time we enter into the spiritual practice of raising our vision, we shorten the distance between cooking dinner and seeing the face of God.

For more on writing as a spiritual practice, visit my website at www.carolcostello.net.

RETREAT: WRITING AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

trackingJump-start your creativity at my day-long retreat on “Writing as a Spiritual Practice” at beautiful Mercy Center in Burlingame, CA, on Sunday, October 5, 2014, 10-4. Lunch is included. Registration closes 9/30, so grab your seat now at http://preview.tinyurl.com/nd547vn.

Here’s a taste of what we’ll do:

How can writing bring us closer to the divine—whether we’re doing poetry, fiction, a blog, a journal, letters, or ad copy? And how can we open ourselves to divine inspiration whenever we write? Like many spiritual practices, writing teaches us to pay attention, to clear our emotional field, and to turn our eyes toward God. It can put us in a place to receive grace, give us the means to express our deepest thoughts and feelings, and bring us great joy.

This retreat is back by popular demand, and will include more time to write, share, and explore. We’ll also delve more deeply into subjects like: “Flushing Out the Mental and Emotional Gunk.”

Many of us hesitate to write down anything negative, even in our secret, password-protected journals. I take just the opposite approach. The best place for my gunky, negative, self-limiting thoughts is not in my mind or emotional field—but on a piece of paper or in a Word file.

When I wake up on the wrong side of bed, feel overwhelmed, succumb to confusion, or am just a mess, I open that journal file and write until I feel better and clearer. It hurts nobody, and helps me. Then I can get on with the real writing I was meant to do that day.

For more on writing as a spiritual practice, visit my website at www.carolcostello.net.