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Columbia River Gorge

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Publishing, Writing, Consulting

Jill L. Cooper

Jill L. Cooper is a poet and writer. Her writing has appeared in print literary journals, The Raven ChroniclesThe Floating Bridge ReviewShark Reef Literary Magazine, as well as online magazines, Rewire MeThe Rebelle Society, HIV Here & Now, and others. Cooper’s poetry has been anthologized in Silent Applause of Butterflies (Columbia Center for the Arts, 2014), Pontoon (Floating Bridge, 2015), Delirious—A Tribute to Prince (Night Ballet Press, 2016), and in I Only Wanted to See You Laughing (Yellow Chair Review, 2016), and others. She was the creator and editor of The Yes Book (Exult Road, 2014). Cooper has served as the Executive Director of a Buddhist publishing house, and as a consultant to publishers, and as an author coach. She is currently working on a book-length collection of prose poetry, and on a collection of lyrical essays. Cooper lives in the beautiful Palouse region of Washington state. In all her work, she intends to affirm and celebrate existence. To contact her, write to jillcooper11 at gmail dot com. 

Increasing the Capacity for Beauty.

Jill Cooper

I am appreciating beauty today! When I first moved to stunning natural beauty of the river gorge in the mountains where I live, I noticed that my capacity for so much beauty was limited. I could only "stand" so much looking at the noble mountains and luscious green forests before I stopped being able to really even see it. It was overwhelming then. I half-jokingly asked a useful question, "How will I increase my capacity for all this beauty?" The universe heard. From that day on, beauty in all forms floods my life, and softly carves out my capacity to receive, see, accept, and to revel with it.

Now, I can drink in the mountain air and natural beauty around me easily. And, now I am a divine magnet for beauty: beautiful souls, beautiful animals, beautiful relationships, beautiful emotions, beautiful food, beautiful health, a beautiful home, beautiful thoughts, beautiful projects, and daily more and more beautiful  feelings. This is expansion, I realized!

I expanded my capacity for Beauty, with the lightest intent, and like a vacuum, the new and expanding space fills quickly and overflows with lots of evidence, endless proof of the glory of Beauty. Not just aesthetic or physical beauty, but all kinds of beauty. The meaning of the word has become rich and subtle to me, opening my eyes to the straw strewn across the floor of the chicken coop, to the fog, to the scent of soil, to my own softness and strength, to understanding the beauty and power of choosing my thoughts, to the extraordinary beauty of guided action - knowing when to do what when, free of worry - and trusting daily the perfect beautiful sublime choice to flow with everything as it is flowing into its beautiful place always!

I'm appreciating opening to Divine beauty, and to the surprise of learning more about expansion in such a good way - through beauty.

With love,