What are you devoted to?

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About two years ago, I asked my friend and writing mentor, Jeffrey Davis, a question that I recently learned has bore precious fruit for him, and is starting to inspire his tribe in wonderful ways.

Here is what Jeffrey said about our exchange during our TeachNow call last week:

“… Jen casually asked me two years ago, ‘You must be devoted to something. What are you devoted to?’ and I said, casually, ‘Writing and my patch of the planet” – until I remembered that in 2010 I became re-devoted to something I had said to my newborn during a hard time in my life: ‘I will wonder for you to create a world you cannot wait to grow up in and where grown-ups must grow young to sustain our planet.’ And that’s what I remind my best self of. Every. Single. Morning.”

Now it’s your turn:

What are you devoted to?

Ask the question while looking into the eyes of a beloved (pets count), while gazing at a cherished landscape, perhaps collage it in your art journal. What are you devoted to? Concentrate your devotion to its soul marrow, capture in a few words or a sentence or two. It need not be poetic or grand, only true to you.

Now here’s a daring suggestion: ask this question, “What are you devoted to?” at dinner parties, at your book club, of your students, clients, and co-workers. Convene a “What are you devoted to?” circle. Of course, share your own declaration of devotion to kick the conversation off.

jen-blog-5.20.14-jenIf you wish, like Jeffrey, re-declare your devotion each day. On the couch with your coffee or in the mirror when you are brushing your teeth or before you open your email, speak your love.

Notice what happens when you live by what you are devoted to. Where does your devotion intersect with what you desire?

That feels so important and lovely to me. Thanks Jeffrey for sharing your practice!

Jen

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Daphne Cohn - May 27, 2014

hmmm… what am I devoted to. I’ll tell you, honestly, it hasn’t been what I’ve been living lately. I’m devoted to love. My stomach cringes as I write it because it feels sappy and scary and I see how far I am from being that. But I am devoted to love.

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    Lila Danielle - May 27, 2014

    Daphne…I hope that feeling in your stomach changes from a cringe to something that feels less sappy and scary and more joy-filled and juicy. To be devoted to love is beautiful.

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      jenlouden - May 28, 2014

      god i love this picture!

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      Daphne Cohn - May 29, 2014

      yes, and sometimes it does. thank you lila. 🙂

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    jenlouden - May 28, 2014

    what else is there really??

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Jan Shannon - May 27, 2014

Jenn, I’d love to know YOUR answer to this question. Is it to savor and serve? or something else/more?

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    jenlouden - May 29, 2014

    Jan thank you. I am still percolating what the “marrow” is for me. Justice? Freedom? Creativity? I’m asking everyday to find the clearest words.

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Lila Danielle - May 27, 2014

I am devoted to creative expression and feeling free.

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    jenlouden - May 28, 2014

    so perfect for you! so true.

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Suzi Banks Baum - May 28, 2014

I am shaky with sadness for the passing of Maya Angelou today. But, ever more compelled to answer this question.

I am devoted to my daily life where I dwell in ordinary living, inhabiting my creative soul fully and shining forth for me, for my loving, for my children and for this planet. I am devoted to rising.

xooxoxS

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    jenlouden - May 29, 2014

    love this!

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Shealagh Kate - June 1, 2014

I am devoted to revealing, appreciating & harnessing the might of our personal & collective potential to fuel spiritual evolution!

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    jenlouden - June 1, 2014

    that’s lovely!

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Sandra Taylor - June 12, 2014

I am devoted to love! I recently joined a women’s group that is discussing the book “Dare To Be Devoted” by Charlotte Gambill. It’s full of great insight into devotion and reaching your full potential.

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