How writing helped me find my calling

How writing helped me find my calling

I don’t talk much about it but writing is and has always been a big part of my life. From a little kid scribbling words on pieces of paper, getting an A+ for best short essay in elementary school, to now most recently having my piece published in Time.com. Writing for me is a very subtle yet powerful practice of mine that has oftentimes led me to my biggest breakthroughs in life and work.

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Top 6 Blog Posts of 2013

Whether you're a long time reader or just discovering my work for the first time today, I want to thank you for stopping by today. I've been journaling since 2009 and most of my writing on here has been a manifestation of my purest thoughts in written form.

Take a moment to peruse through some of my favorite posts of the year so far.

#6 Flowing Through Struggle – June 25, 2013

Although struggle is a part of our daily human existence when does it become something we come to identify ourselves with in our daily lives? Here is my recount of what happens when we experience ‘struggle’ and how to break out of it and into a more peaceful rhythmic flow. 'Flowing Through Struggle'. Read on.

#5 3 Ways To Meditate (or commit to any practice) Daily – May 27, 2013

From the days of starting and stopping a meditation practice without really getting into the flow of it, I finally discovered a way that has brought me to the cushion every single day. When what we value aligns with inspiration there’s nothing that can stop us. '3 Ways To Meditate'. Read on.

#4 To See Us Dance – February 6, 2013

Following an internal nudge I had received that led me to take up dance classes, I decided to post a video of my learnings. So much of what we do comes from an internal desire to move and be in flow. Dance brought me closer to movement through mind, body, and soul. I highly recommend if you have the desire to move your soul, follow it. 'To See Us Dance'. Read on.

#3 5 Lessons For Your Spititual Path – May 1, 2013

At some point in our lives we find ourselves on a spiritual path. Whether we know it or not, we’re always on the path. And when we become aware of this we hold ourselves to a higher standard as we learn to let go of the trivial things and embrace a new understanding of life itself. This post points to some of the challenges we encounter while on the path and the 5 lessons that will keep you grounded. '5 Lessons For Your Spiritual Path'. Read on.

#2 Love Is – February 22nd, 2013

During an early morning rendezvous with my journal, I found myself feeling particularly connected with this idea of Love. To define it from words does it no justice. It is a sensation truly meant for connectedness between each other. 'Love Is'. Read on.

#1 A Letter To You, From Change – January 30, 2013

In creating this post I knew I wanted to write about ‘change’ but what else could we possibly say about change that hasn’t been said before? If we look at change from a different perspective, instead of experiencing it with anxiety and nervousness, we learn to look at from a softer view. Read on for a thoughtful letter from an inevitable part of our lives that only wants the best for us. This is 'A Letter To You, From Change'. Read on.

 

Thanks for reading and I look forward to sharing with you in this space for the remainder of 2013.

Cheers!

 

Ariane Hunter

Breaking the Status Quo & Living Greatly

 

 

Love Is

Love is...

The blueish hue of the morning light through my window pain;
Blackish bronze painted finger nails squeezing the pen, wooshing across the page as I write;
Silence, meditation, stillness in the air;
The hush of a whisper, a laugh or a cry;
An instinctual heart that beats forevermore entering it’s cosmic force into the Universe.

That is what love is.

It gives birth to new ideas, sizes and shapes them to be sent out into the world.
Love is adorned with rose petals and water droplets;

Love creates and love cures.

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The Golden Stone

In a forest full of tree’s and fallen leaves lies a golden stone. This golden stone has been nestled in the ground for years.  It has been stepped upon, ignored by passerby’s, and has been bruised by the elements.  Now this golden stone lays buried just underneath the surface of the earth; completely still and undiscovered.
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The Quiet Writer In Me

When I am journaling first thing in the morning and it is just me and this spiral-bound notebook, nothing else matters.  The air around me is soft, the blue tinged sunlight filters in through my window and onto the page while my thoughts begin to trickle in.  They seem to flow so naturally without any hesitation leading my hand to move across the page writing my thoughts as they come.  In the privacy of this space I’ve created for my thoughts and words, it is the only time where they feel safe to enter the world. I enjoy giving my voice a place where it can live freely without judgment or limitations.  Since I began journaling over two years ago, I realized the power of the written word.  They have the ability to teach, empower, unlock, create, heal, and connect the dots.  Some of the best pastimes I had as a kid was writing.  Whether it was scribbling on the walls inside my home at the age of 4 or writing short stories in my English class in junior high school.  Give me a pencil and paper and my imagination would soar. 

Over the years, writing for creative play as gotten a bit lost in the shuffle.  Nowadays my writing mostly consists of grocery lists, business plans, and of course blog posts.  The most enjoyable being writing blog posts.  Other than my personal journaling, blogging has been the best and the most challenging way to reconnect with my writing.  Challenging in the sense that blogging is an open invitation for the eyes of strangers to get a glimpse into my mind and heart.  It was different back in junior high when my writing was graded for how well I could put together a sentence and place a period in the correct place. But somewhere along the way, I’ve buried that boldness to share my imagination in written form.  Now it’s my inner critic, that mean little voice inside that insists on grading anything I write.  It deters me with every word making it increasingly hard to press the “publish” button. 

These are my experiences as I seek to invite the voice of my creative child back into my writing again.  Assuring this voice that today, it is welcome to come out and play again.  Understanding that for so long it was buried and told not to write freely for fear of judgment and criticism.  To again feel what it is like to safely come forward into the world and let the thoughts of my imagination play onto the page.  I promise not to judge, second guess, or suppress what my heart is bursting to say.  They are the thoughts of my experience and imagination, which I will lovingly accept once again.

I won’t worry too much about writing perfectly; my words will come together and flow uniquely in their own way.  If I continue to write, my voice will gracefully enter my words when it’s ready. So with patience and acceptance day by day I will once again become reunited with the free spirit of my writing voice.

See Beauty...

Ariane 

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