Tag: Introspection


The Gift of Recognizing What's in Your Way

When I was an MFA student at Bennington many years ago, I had a poetry mentor named Jason Shinder who used to say, “Whatever gets in the way of the work, is the work.” He was talking about poetry, of course. Whatever is getting in the way of writing poems, that’s precisely what I need to be bringing into my poetry. Is something in my life keeping me too busy to write poems? Or is something in my life distracting me from the inner work required to write poems with heart? Whatever......

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Dealmaking, Filmmaking, Stargazing: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (August 17-21), we examined the introspective work you can embrace at this time of year, the practical skills that help you master the art of reinvention, the scrutiny our leaders invite when making attempts at peace, a cinematic reaction to the Michael Brown shooting and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Looking Up, and Looking In – Rachel Barenblat One recent night, a friend reminded me that the Perseid meteors were going to be visible. Late......

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Looking Up, and Looking In

One recent night, a friend reminded me that the Perseid meteors were going to be visible. Late that evening, we turned off all our lights, went outside and lay on our backs on the deck. I knew it would take a while for my eyes to adjust. From the moment I looked up at the heavens, I was awestruck by the sheer number of stars. I thought: Even if I don’t see any meteors, it’s enough, because this is so beautiful! And then I saw one streak across the sky. I know......

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