“Z” is for Zany

Z is for Zany

I thought I’d end the A to Z Blogging Challenge on a serious note – KIDDING!
I think it’s time to celebrate our success and perseverance! We may as well have some fun on the last day of our journey through the alphabet!

I’ve learned a lot about blogging over the last month. I’ve spent hours reading the WordPress tutorials. I’ve learned about themes, headers, widgets, categories and tags.  I’ve also explored this fascinating realm called the “blogosphere” with the oddest assortment of inhabitants – a zany cast of characters: Artists, writers, mystics, scientists, skeptics, poets, and pontificators. The blogosphere is a global community brimming with possibilities.

Blogosphere Info Graph

Since my arrival in the blogosphere, I’ve checked out my “peeps” traveling in the spiritual realms and I’m following several blogs with a spiritual focus. I’m also following several artists, writers, and poets. I’ve become accustomed to the early morning “ding” of my WordPress app as the blogosphere wakes up and comes alive each day. As the A to Z challenge winds down I’m trying to find my groove, find my lane, and decide if there’s a place for my voice in this realm. I want to continue blogging but I need to be realistic about the time commitment. I know I don’t have the time to blog every day. So, after the challenge is over I’m considering blogging twice a week – “Monday Musings” and  “Friday Features”.

The blogosphere is a magical place, so let’s be creative, hop on a unicorn and explore together! Who knows, maybe we’ll learn a thing or two along the way!Unicorn Framed

I hope you’ll join me on  An Artist’s Path! Thank you for following me on my mystical journey through the alphabet!

~ Namaste

“Y” is for Year of Yes

Y is for Year of Yes

If you’re a fan of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal or How to Get Away with Murder you know Shonda Rhimes. She’s the creative genius behind the characters and story lines of these hit television shows. She’s also one of the most successful producers in television and she’s an introvert.

Shonda Collage

Last year, Shonda’s sister taunted her for never saying “yes” to invitations and social events. Consequently, Shonda made a pledge to herself – she declared a “Year of Yes” – and then wrote a book about it! She pledged to say “yes” for a full year to all the things that scare her, make her nervous and take her out of her comfort zone.

Shondra Rhimes

I can relate to Shonda. I’m an introvert too. And, like Shonda, I decided it was time to start saying “YES” to opportunities in my life. As a result I joined a wonderful writing community that meets weekly and I’m attending monthly writing workshops. And when I heard about the A to Z blogging challenge I said “YES” without hesitation (although the blogosphere is a great space for introverts). I enjoy people and socializing, but as an introvert I need time to recharge my batteries so I’m always striving for balance. Introvert Yin yang

During her, “Year of Yes” Shonda also conquered her fear of public speaking and was invited to give a TED Talk.
I’ve been inspired by Shonda’s willingness to step outside her comfort zone and live her “Year of Yes”.  I’m looking forward to more opportunities to say “YES”.

“X” is for X-ray Vision

X is for X-ray vision
If you had x-ray vision and could see inside yourself, what would you see beyond the human you? Do you believe there is anything beyond the physical YOU? Is there a YOU that transcends your physical existence? The answer to these questions requires a journey inward.

“The longest journey is the journey inwards. Of him who has chosen his destiny, who has started upon his quest for the source of his being.”

~ Dag Hammarskjold

Many of the wisdom traditions speak of the path, the journey beyond the bounds of religion, but a word of caution:

“When you think yours is the only true path you forever chain yourself to judging others and narrow the vision of God. The road to righteousness and arrogance is a parallel road that can intersect each other several times throughout a person’s life. It’s often hard to recognize one road from another. What makes them different is the road to righteousness is paved with the love of humanity. The road to arrogance is paved with the love of self.” ~ Shannon Alder

What role does religion play on your journey? In a recent interview, Dr. Reza Asian, author and religious scholar said, “All religions are essentially saying the same thing. They’re answering the same questions. Often they’re coming up with almost the exact same answers. They’re just using a different language. Different metaphors. Different symbols. Different path, same destination. Religion is part of our identity. Religious teachings serve as guideposts but one must break the bounds of religion to truly experience the presence of God. ”

“As with all journeys, the Way has an end, though it should not be imagined as a straight road leading to a fixed destination but rather as a majestic mountain whose peak conceals the presence of God. There are, of course, many paths to the summit-some better than others. But because every path eventually leads to the same destination, which path one takes is irrelevant.”  ~ Reza Asian, No God but God

You don’t need X-ray vision to start your journey…just take the first step.What you seek

~ Namaste