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I’M LISTENING…NO REALLY, I AM

“Listen. People start to heal the moment they feel heard.”
-Cheryl Richardson

Happy Memorial day, everyone! Hope you all are doing well and staying safe. This post is a little bit different than my usual posts the format of which I’ve done once before.

Last Tuesday night was a very rough night for me. Bad news was coming at me from every direction and I felt hopelessly lost. When I put that out on Twitter, I got a tweet and a DM from a friend and a fellow writer that snapped me out of the urge of doing something drastic. Without going into tedious details, the overall message was simple: I had an outlet through her if I needed.

PAY IT FORWARD – 5

“If you stop for one second and do something, everyone is happy. You pay it forward and it comes back to you twelve-fold.”
-Mariska Hargitay

Welcome to the fifth installment of the #PayItForward series. This one is a special edition of online publications that have not only inspired me but have set new standards for contemporary literature, especially by independent writers.

SELF-PITY & THE AFTERMATH (RE-POST)

NOTE: THIS POST WAS ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON THIS SITE THIS WEDNESDAY BUT WAS DELETED DUE TO A TECHNICAL ERROR. HENCE, HERE IS A RE-POST.

“Self-pity is easily the most destructive of non-pharmaceutical narcotics. It is addictive, gives momentary pleasure and separates the victim from reality.”
-John W. Gardner

“I’m worthless. I’m a moron. I can’t do anything right. Nobody loves me. Maybe it’s better for everyone if I just disappear.” Every had these or similar thoughts? They’re thoughts of self-pity.

THREE MAGIC WORDS

“Our journey is demanding enough that the need for reassurance as well as reminders is constant.”
-Neal A. Maxwell

Hello dear readers,
This post will be a little bit shorter than usual as I will also be re-posting yesterday’s post a little later today which is unfortunately not there anymore due to technical issues. It will however, be re-posted sometime by today.

There are times when our loved ones who are suffering need to extensive reassurance that everything will be fine. Sometimes, we have to talk to them for quite a while to get them to feel better. We have to belabor a point to convince them that hope is just on the horizon.

PLANTING THE SEEDS

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”
-Robert Louis Stevenson

In previous articles, I’ve talked about planting the seeds, so to speak for any task or endeavor. For example, if you have writer’s block, I’ve suggested that keeping writing “I don’t know what to write” over and over till you think of something.

PAY IT FORWARD – 04

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
-Winston Churchill

Welcome to the fourth part of my #PayItForward series. If you’re a new reader to this series, these are writers who I look up to in some shape or fashion and try to learn from. If you’ve been following this series or any of my writings on this site, I express the warmest gratitude to all of you.

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION

“Mindfulness isn’t difficult. We just need to remember to do it.”
-Sharon Saltzberg

In a recent article, I had discussed how a state of mindfulness is not just a mental or psychological exercise. Done properly, it can also have a number of physical benefits as well. After writing that article, I got a couple of questions asking how exactly one would get started if they’ve never done so before. It’s my hope that this article answers some of those questions and serves as a basic introduction to mindfulness meditation.

BEAUTY – ONE YEAR LATER

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
-Margaret Wolfe Hungerford

It’s getting close to almost a full year since I integrated myself within this wonderful community and wonderful family known as Daily Wisdom Words. This post is a celebration to that. When Samantha first approached me to write the Wisdomology section of this site, I was very grateful for the opportunity and kind of resurrected my love for writing, especially non-fiction writing as I had not done that since my days as a journalist nearly 10-12 years ago.

MINDFULNESS – THE REAL DEAL

“Wherever you are, be there totally.”
-Eckhart Tolle

In this day and age, there’s a myriad of articles, tips, advice to focus on our mental state of mind in order to have more control, if not completely conquer. I myself have written countless posts on this topic for this site as well.

But why is that? To the best of my knowledge, none of us really possess an ability of telekinesis to where if smiling will magically get rid of a virus or a backache. And yet, there is more emphasis on a mind-body connection today then ever before.

What makes it so? What exactly makes the art of mindfulness so efficacious in practical terms?

PAY IT FORWARD – 03

“When you leave, teach. When you get, give.”
-Maya Angelou

Welcome to part three of my #PayItForward article series. The last two were very well received and I thank every reader for that. Here’s a third batch of writers that continue to inspire me and so many other independent writers among the online writing community.

Stuart Buck: This requires some context. Around mid-March, I lost a very close friend of mine to suicide. My depression seizures, which I hadn’t had in close to eight or nine months started coming back. In short, I was in a very bad place emotionally and psychologically. Around the same time, I came across Stu’s chap book “F*ck The Apocalypse.” While I had always been a fan of Stu’s poetry, this was the first time I took his writing and imbibed it from within. I embraced and bonded with every word. My first thought was, did Stu read my mind and write this just for me? That’s when I realized his greatest strength. Stu writes about inner turmoil we all go through but does so in the most eloquent and personable manner that it feels like each stanza, each line is written just for you. He makes both the positive and negative aspects of human psychology alluring via his words. Amidst a potpourri of tears, anger and frustration, I found my solace. I immediately forgot all thoughts of negativity like self-harm and started living vicariously through Stu’s poetry. Stu’s an excellent writer and an excellent artist as well. Follow him on Twitter @stuartmbuck and on http://stuartbuck.co.uk.

JD Morganne: Very often, especially on social media, when I come across writers who dabble both in poetry and fiction, one usually is better than the other. That’s not to negate their talent but we all have our strengths and weaknesses. I myself have had my fiction writing published more often than my poetry because very often, my poetry falls short. JD Morganne is one of the rare exceptions to this. She writes poetry and fiction and not once have I seen one format better than the other. Her poetry is beautiful, lyrical and evocative. The same adjectives seamlessly carry over to her fiction. And I just recently discovered that she’s a digital artist as well. Admittedly, I’m not that familiar with her artwork as I am with her writing but the little I’ve seen strongly suggests that it will soon form the perfect trifecta in her repertoire. Follow JD on Twitter @jd_morganne and on http://jdmorganne.com.

Bert Edens: Bert Edens has to be on any list I make because he’s co-editing my anthology as well as contributing to it as a writer. All jokes aside, Bert is one of the strongest writers I’ve ever known. Everything he writes creates an immediate impact and lingers in the mind long afterward. The punch he packs in every piece is amazing. What I’ve learned from Bert’s writing is the art of creating the perfect context for every word on paper so not once, does the significance dwindle. Follow Bert on Twitter @AuthorBertEdens and on http://authorbertedens.com.

Sara Siddiqui Chansarkar: When I first came across Sara’s writing, there was a connection and resonance I felt but couldn’t quite describe in words. It was only a little later that I found out what it was; both of us lost our fathers relatively early in our lives and several of her pieces allude to it either directly or indirectly. That aspect of her writing also led to one of my greatest accomplishments as a writer: receiving a Pushcart nomination. Following Sara’s lead, I too decided to write about the passing of my father in a semi-autobiographical story which gave me the nomination. Something I’ve tried to emulate from her writing but have fallen short in doing so is how to make pain and melancholy beautiful. Sara has an amazing ability to take the most heart-wrenching stories, real or fiction, and glue them to the readers minds, even as they’re blinking back tears. Follow Sara on Twitter @PunyFingers and on http://saraspunyfingers.com.

Carol Beth Anderson: Beth is the epitome of what every independent writer dreams to be. When her earliest books were out on the market, I had no idea that they were self-published because everything about them from their cover design to the platforms they were available on suggested a mainstream release. In fact, I only found out that they were self-published when she specifically mentioned it to me. Beth is probably the finest example of never underestimating the reach of a independent writers and how far they can go. In more pessimistic times, her success stands as one of the biggest motivating factors to keep going. And to boot, Beth is the exact same person that I started following before her earliest publications. She’s always supportive, helpful and providing nudges to aspiring writers exactly when they need it. Follow Beth on Twitter @CBethAnderson and on carolbethanderson.com.

Who are some independent writers you’re fond of or find inspiring? What specifically about them motivates you? Share your thoughts and experiences by commenting below on our secure servers.

CUTTING OUT TOXICITY

“Remove yourself from people who treat you like your time doesn’t matter, like your feelings are worthless, or like your soul is replaceable.”
-s. mcnutt

I’ve written about cutting negative people out of your life or at least keeping a social distance (pun intended, ha) in some of my earlier posts. But a tweet I saw this morning made me think a little. A person’s tweet asked what if the toxic comes from a parent and/or an adult child? Should they cut them off?

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"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."

Audrey Hepburn


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