In This Episode, How to Connect More Deeply with the World, and …
- How poetry and writing can be a spiritual practice
- Recognizing the feeling of joy and aliveness that comes from ordinary moments
- How inspiration can come from the practice of just showing up
- Why fear is a regular companion on any creative journey
- The importance of nurturing our inner life and spirit
- How self compassion is about embracing whatever comes up within you
- Why it’s important to create a regular practice for whatever brings you joy
- How poetry can hold both the sorrow and joy at the same time
- How poetry helps navigate a deeper understanding and knowledge of ourselves and the world.
- Why embracing vulnerability and curiosity enhances creative growth
James Crews is the editor of several bestselling anthologies, including The Path to Kindness: Poems of Connection and Joy and How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope, which has over 100,000 copies in print. He has been featured in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, The Christian Science Monitor, and on NPR’s Morning Edition. James is the author of four prize-winning books of poetry—The Book of What Stays, Telling My Father, Bluebird, and Every Waking Moment—and a book of short essays, Kindness Will Save the World: Stories of Compassion and Connection. James also speaks and leads workshops on kindness, mindfulness, and writing for self-compassion.
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If you enjoyed this conversation with James Crews, check out these other episodes:
Connecting to What Matters with Mark Nepo
The Art of Poetry and Poems with David Whyte
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Knudson Mardi says
Know that with your insight you share you help feed my good wolf… and I thank you!
Mary Hutto Fruchter says
I love what you are doing here. I wrote about wolves this week and how the work of one range rider might give us all insight into how to lead kinder lives. I also wrote about how I try to do this in writing, and I can see you doing this in your podcast. I gave you and James Crews a shout out. You can read and listen here. It is free to read and subscribe. Grateful! https://pocketfulofprose.substack.com/