|Every month, subscribers to our virtual BLUU Box receive resources for spiritual grounding and reflection. We hope you enjoy this free excerpt of the BLUU Box, featuring part of an interview with BLUU community member Atena O. Danner.
Question: What advice would you give to people who want to make writing a spiritual practice?
Atena: I would say, do exactly that: practice. In my own life, I’ve spent a lot of time not writing because I was sure that I did not have time to write. AND I have written something almost every day for the past two years (and these have NOT been an easy couple of years). There are days where I didn’t get to it or days where I wrote two sentences, and that’s fine. Those low-quantity days kept me in the game. Committing to doing it and opening myself up to receive what the practice offers worked wonders for me. Practice tunes you in and reinforces the energy you put toward it.
Q: What Black writer or book by a Black author is inspiring you right now and why?
Atena: Right now, I am digging into Ross Gay’s “Inciting Joy,” and it is exactly what I need! The way he gets to joy by respecting sorrow is profound heart work. I also just finished Ashley C. Ford’s memoir, “Somebody’s Daughter,” and I’ve never read a memoir that resonated with me like that one did! Highly recommend it!