The two sets of "rules" are intentionally similar because I believe that the same precepts that can guide us to more creative, imaginative, expressive, passion-filled and spontaneous writing and artistry apply equally to living a more creative, imaginative, expressive, passion-filled and spontaneous life.
There are no rules: There is no right way. There is no wrong way. There is only your way...the way that works for you.
What works for you today may not work tomorrow, so you might as well live in the present moment.
Listen to your heart and trust it; it speaks with the voice of God (or whatever you call that divine intelligence or infinite mind we all carry).
Be vulnerable: Share your pain and your passion. That's what makes you human.
Treat yourself as you would your child or best friend: with love, compassion and respect.
Don't live your life according to others' expectations...or according to your own preconceptions. Free yourself to follow the path that is uniquely yours, and surrender to its gifts and surprises.
It's not how often you meditate, it's whether you live your life as a meditation.
Giggle. Smile. Dance. Guffaw. Don't take life too seriously. Just as you don't censor your pain (see Rule #4), don't censor your joy.
It's not how hard you push, it's how fully you surrender.
Find your passion and embrace it. Passionately.
It's not about being perfect, it's about being human.
Empower yourself: This is your life. Don't let anyone else tell you how to live it (or not live it).
There are no rules. None. Never.
You'll find a more detailed version of my writing rules in The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write (paperback or ebook) and on The Voice of the Muse Companion: Guided Meditations for Writers (CD or MP3 download).
• Images: "There Are No Rules" by Wharton; "I Choose Joy" from Teri Wilder's CD of the same name
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