Meet the Inspiration-Letters contributors...
I write mostly because I would like, in some small way, to emulate those great writers that I so admire. I particularly admire Herman Melville and Somerset Maugham among novelists. My favorite poets include Emily Dickinson, Adrienne Rich and the ancient authors of the Iliad and the Mahabharata.
I was born in New Jersey, which is fitting because it is a transitional place. You pass through New Jersey to get to where you want to go. But if you stop on any one of the hundreds of miles of highways which criss-cross the state, you will see that it is filled with green parks and rivers, summer opera festivals and a college on every corner. It's a state that is always struggling to define it's own identity. I can identify with that!
Writing is an act of self-discovery. For me, writing has always had very important therapeutic uses. By setting my feelings down on paper, they no longer overwhelm me. I can make sense of them and put them in their proper context. Writing is also useful to me to make sense of who I am and what I'm supposed to do with my life. It's a way for me to understand myself better and I am fortunate if my journey of self-discovery through writing can inspire others at all.
The Sound of Truth
The Spirituality of Emily Dickinson
Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa
Learning to Live
God’s Great Experiment
|Sri Chinmoy expresses the essence of meditation and spirituality through his art and writing, which is a constant source of inspiration to me in the Sri Chinmoy Centre. There is always a lot of scope for channelling creativity here, and always a chance to enjoy the creativity of others. My favourite form of creativity is writing. I write about whatever inspires me. It seems the longer I try to lead a spiritual life, the more I observe the beauty and happiness in the simple things around me. I write about nature, about people, and about ordinary things that happen in my life, from which I derive extraordinary value. I am very glad to be able to share these writings through Inspiration-Letters.|
The Hague, The Netherlands
Written To A Muse
A Cosmic Sense Of Humour
A Short-Lived Adventure
Sri Aurobindo's Poetry
My First Dance with Silence
How I Came To The Spiritual Life
For Times They Are A-Changin'
|I became a student of Sri Chinmoy in 1998. Being a member of the Sri Chinmoy Centre has enriched my life in many ways, offering me the opportunity to discover, unfold and develop qualities and capacities I never knew I had and giving me a sense of spiritual well-being and fulfilment. I like the idea expressed by Sri Chinmoy of combining an inner, spiritual life with a dynamic and versatile outer life. As an art-lover I enjoy writing prose and poetry - both on this forum and on the Sri Chinmoy Inspiration Group - and also like playing music, singing and acting, but my main passion in life is running, especially the marathon. In my daily life I am a freelance journalist living in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.|
The Winter Of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
|Introduction Coming Soon|
New York, USA
Extreme Running: The 3100-Mile Race
Creativity Where You Least Expect It
|I started writing many years ago just as a way to express what was happening in my life from time to time. I usually just write whatever happens to come into my mind, hopefully from my heart. Although I do not consider myself as a serious or adept writer, I try to offer something meaningful, or at least of some inspirational value, through writing in my own simple way. Because I have been quite serious about running, meditation and spirituality for most of my life, that is what I usually am inspired express through words. I do hope that my words do not get in the way of truly expressing the depth and meaning of the experiences that I attempt to write about.|
New York, USA
An Adventure At The Beardsley Zoo
|Ashrita is the holder of the most Guinness World records. Find out more at Ashrita.com|
Auckland, New Zealand
Of Saints And Rabbits
The Universal Language
Loitering With Intent
The Extremes Of Sport
My Friend Nick
The Year of the Horse by Sam Mahon
Cuauhtlatoatzin: The Miracle Of The Humble
Sacred Space Memoirs
Journey To A Lamb's Heart
Lessons from Laetitia
Seven Drops of Silence
Sunless Wood: Sunlit Path
Ten Days To Learn About Time
|When the great Pope John Paul II visited New Zealand in 1986, he pointed out that the Otago/Southland diocese in New Zealand was the region of the Catholic Church furthest from Rome. It is also true that the mosque in Christchurch is the mosque furthest from Mecca. New Zealanders like to think that living as far from the centre of things as it is possible to do, gives them a perfect perspective on things. From their little slice of clear-skied, green, nuclear-free, South Pacific paradise they can cast a clear and unjaundiced eye over the world. Barney McBryde was born in Invercargill, the southernmost city in New Zealand . . . the southernmost city in the world. This, he claims, is the only credential he needs to write about . . . anything.|
Bristol - England
Reflections on Picasso and Masaccio
|I am a ceramic artist and part-time visiting instructor and research assistant in enamel at the University of the West of England. My work is based upon and flows from my inner life of prayer, meditation and service, during which I focus on the spiritual heart. This is for me the source of joy, love and oneness. These qualities I hope to offer to people who see the work. Focusing on the spiritual heart also encourages a childlike simplicity which I feel shaping my life and work. This may also explain my preference for bright colours, simple shapes and cheerful, beautiful things. As a medium, I am particularly drawn to clay because of the infinite ways it can be shaped, treated and used. Its scope and potential are a continual inspiration to me. Ultimately, I like to make pieces that make people smile. In this way I hope the world to be a happier place. You are most welcome to visit my website|
They say that putting pen to paper's turning blood to ink
and others scrutinize your thoughts—you really need to think!
With paints you're fine, a six year old can obfuscate, conceal,
while others think their dabblings do a genius reveal.
Take poetry too, e'en though you fail to scale Elysian heights
the mysteries of your quirky style will always bring delights.
But prose! Your very souls's laid bare, the critics draw their knives,
they carp and quibble, nitpick, send us fleeing for our lives.
So gentle reader, overlook my literary transgressions
and if my thoughts show symptoms of a cranial regression
encourage me to paint or sing, choose anything at random,
I'm really not much good at prose, quod erat demonstrandum.
Writing is something I never considered myself to be particularly good at, but practising meditation as a student of Sri Chinmoy has changed my conception of self, writing included.
Meditation teaches us to put aside attitudes and ways of thinking that limit our potential; it opens to those who seek it a whole new world of imagination and creativity. So it has in my life: graphic design, web-development, video-editing and writing are just some of the creative activities I pursue—even make a living from—and all have emerged from my daily practise of stilling mind and opening heart.
Writing for me is all parts inspiration and self-discovery. It is inspiring to do, inspiring for others to read—hopefully—and by approaching it as another form of meditation, it helps me to uncover a wiser, deeper, more illumining part of myself—an inner voice of inspiration.
Happy Birthday To Someone
How To Be Shakespeare
The Best Food In Town
Swimming Against The World
Lyrics and Music
The Funniest Book Ever Written
What You Don't Know Can Enchant You
Places To Worship
Magical Mystery Tour
A Writer's Life
Moments in Time
|I'm a student of Sri Chinmoy, based in Canberra, Australia. I also happen to be a freelance writer, and some of my work can be found on my website, which was recently updated for the first time since about 1964. Also, I write regular articles about Sri Chinmoy Centre activities.|
Zen and the Art of Race Car Driving
Poetry Of Hafiz
Miracles And Me
To My Beloved Guru Sri Chinmoy
It Is Written
I live physically, mentally and emotionally on the edge of nowhere, yet, spiritually close to the Unknowable thanks to Sri Chinmoy, my saving grace.
In 1975 one of hundreds of lifetime upheavals catapulted me north to Alaska from upstate New York. Trouble follows me. Oops, oops, oops, in all their full blown glory, "experiences" follow me. Apparently I need more "experiences" than others to progress. Perhaps you will have the opportunity to share in some of them here.
I write because I like to.
The Mc Guffin
The 'Way' Of Photography
|You are most welcome to visit my photography gallery|
||As a librarian and bibliophile, I especially resonate with the written word. I began studying meditation as Sri Chinmoy's student in 1985 and my spiritual strivings and creative expression are primarily a spirit of delight in the supernal beauty of God. I often find an act of centering prayer in artistic expression, especially when harmonising with Nature. I am happiest when the writing of prose and poetry or the taking of photographs leads me to a hushed place of kneeling in awe of a universe of oneness much vaster than myself. I live and work in adjoining New England states, both located near the Atlantic Ocean's coast. As a transplanted New Englander, I find that living near the sea nourishes me deeply and sparks creativity on many levels.|
On The Train Towards Destiny
On The Sunlit Path
Leaving Some Time Behind
The world of languages beckoned to my present lifetime when I was a child. Letters and postcards were the only messengers to unknown horizons in the dialogue among cultures.
Having received later the influence of three great South American women poets—Gabriela Mistral, Alfonsina Storni and Juana De Ibarbourou—I rather felt the inspiration to write short rhyming poems on spirituality in Spanish at the time Maestro Sri Chinmoy founded the first Meditation Centre in Argentina nearly 27 years ago. Since then his ever transparent and sublime poetry has invited me to undertake a new challenge—writing in the English language.
If you empathize with any of these poems, it is all due to my Guru´s unconditional and benevolent guidance, which is carrying me to share the music and images words may convey in their celebration of Life.
The Ecstatic Poetry Of The Sufis
Unlikely Sacred Spaces
|Tejvan is a cyclist and sometimes writer.|
Nature: Sacred Space
|Introduction Coming Soon|
|My name is Tom McGuire. I started writing when I was a little kid. I had an active imagination and used to write about robots, aliens, vampires, superheroes and magic spells. Now my imagination is more subdued. Through writing I attempt the translation of my innermost feelings and ideas onto the canvas of life, and in the process hopefully offer something of value to the world.|