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031: On Writing — The Dharma of a Spine

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Writing is an author’s special gift they share with the world. But does a story manifest itself, guiding an author through the process, or does an author write what is in their mind? Host, Mike Domitrz welcomes CAST members Alan Anderson, Lisa Baker King, Alexandra Folz, and Berni Xiong to discuss the origin of their creative process, and to share from which tools and resources they glean inspiration.
This conversation was inspired by this quote from The Great Work of Your Life, by Stephen Cope:
“Well, the book has a spine. A dharma. But you don’t know what it’s dharma is until you begin to write it. Forget about all the things you said to yourself about your book at the beginning of the project, or what you told your editor or what you wrote in your brilliant book proposal. Know the book has its own dharma which will slowly reveal itself to you. And then you have a choice. You can choose the books dharma.”
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 Mentioned in This Episode:
The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling,
by Stephen Cope
Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success, by Rory Vaden
750 Words
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert
“Your Elusive Creative Genius,” TED Talk by Elizabeth Gilbert
Kate Atkinson
On Writing, by Stephen King
Alan Anderson is a long-time mindfulness practitioner, and teaches to a wide range of students from children to adult; from Harley-Davidson cohort to a tent full of 200 Buddhists. He is the founder Windhorse Retreat Center, Arts & Mindfulness for Academic Progress, and teaches through Arts@Large, Growing Minds, and Shambhala International. Prior to this, he was a professional jazz musician for 20 years, and toured and recorded with Paul Cebar, playing your basic New Orleans musical gumbo.
Lisa Baker-King is on a mission to connect families, celebrate children, and change companies. As the owner of L B K Kreatives, and a celebrated author, Lisa is joined by a team of ghost marketers whose primary aim is to help small businesses fantastically flourish. As ghost marketers, they are guided by the fundamental belief that business should serve our lives and our lives should not serve our businesses. Lisa celebrates mindfulness by honoring her health and fitness, and operating by standards set by her faith, which says to love above all else.
Alexandra Folz is an advanced practice nurse, author, and intuitive, and has worked in the healing profession for over twenty years. Along with being the member liaison and a team leader for Building Connected Communities, she currently serves the holistic health of others through intuitive readings and counseling.
Alexandra has been using her clairaudient, clairvoyant, and empathic abilities for intuitive guidance for over a decade, and she is passionate about expanding her awareness and assisting others in doing the same. Alexandra is certified in Healing Touch and Reiki, and facilitates meditative journeys at Firefly Energy Center in Gig Harbor, WA. She is a hospice volunteer and her adoration for the art of caring and healing is at the heart of all her service.
Berni Xiong is The Shin Kicking Life Spark. She owns and runs Brave Bear Media, an intuitive coaching and consulting boutique helping impact-driven individuals speak up, stand out, and change the world. She is a contributing author of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Time to Thrive, and contributing writer at The Huffington Post. When she’s not kicking shins, she is hanging out at her Reiki studio in the Twin Cities.
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