Today is the last day to get my new collection of poetry, God Whispers on the Wind, for free on Amazon.
So, I wanted to share a few of the powerful life-lessons that are laced within the pages of the book. Learning these lessons did a lot to inspire many of the poems, especially those listed below, to be written.
Just remember to pop over to Amazon and grab your copy while you can, so you can read along :)
(Last night, God Whispers was #2 in the Kindle store in Poetry and #10 in Spirituality. Thank you so much for your awesome support.)
1. The goal is not about pursuing your passion. Passion is a conscious, mental indicator of something special, as well as an emotional vehicle through which a individual’s spiritual longing manifests. (“The Symphony”)
Passion is the shooting star we latch upon to cross the barrier of a scary unknown.
The purpose of passion is to bring us to a state of transient connectedness, a feeling of true and deep presence; the wildly unique sensation of being completely “in tune” to the moment — when our minds fall silent, our thinking stops, and we feel Spirit flow through us.
2. Showing up does not ensure success; but it is the most basic prerequisite for it. Practice your craft every day. My new goal is to write every day for four hours (thanks to Steven Pressfield / The War of Art for this motivation). The quality of the output is less important than consistently showing up. (“You’re Not Here”)
3. What you give will always pale in comparison to what you take. How can you give beyond your means, even at your inconvenience? Giving is a state of mind, a state of being, not an action; a coin in the bucket. Be the giver, and watch how your world changes around you. (“Demands”)
4. Connection is invaluable, indescribable, irreplaceable. There is nothing but connection in this life. We are all bound. Connection dawns life, it brings together people, it facilitates innovative ideas. Connection is paramount. Make this a priority in everything that you do. (“Clasped In Prayer”)
5. Assholes need not apply. Your ego will get sorted in due time. (“A Petty Slave”)
6. The amount of love and support you show your friends far and away exceeds hurtful criticism from others. That’s easy to say, and easier to take for granted. You literally need to make it a habit — a dedicated personal practice — to voice your love to yours. (“This Salty Breeze”)
This is how love wins out. Its energy endures and lives on in us; in those whom we love. Criticism, hatred, anger, those don’t self-sustain. They fall to the ground without an angry hand propelling its hurdled rocks; fizzle when a voice isn’t spewing its venom.
Love is effortlessly eternal.
7. Don’t be one of those people you’d hate to meet. Or speak to. Or hear from. Or deal with. If you’d hate to run into yourself on the street, in the neighborhood pub or coffee shop, at work, over the phone or in a blog comment, what does that say? (“Name-Calling”)
Law of attraction people say that we attract what we want.
But wanting implies lacking, and lacking creates distress, desperation. I’m quite sure that we attract who we are, how we behave, and how we give. Consistently. Every day.
So, remember to show up.
And shine on.
P.S. – My friend Chantelle surprised me with this awesome image that has one of my poems, Those Daring Cattle, emblazoned upon it. How cool!
If you like cows (or thinking of yourself as a daring one), I thought you might like it too. ;)
P.P.S. – If you’re a reader overseas who can’t access any of the Kindle options on Amazon to read God Whispers on the Wind, please email me and let me know. I’ll help you out.