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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. 

Follow Your Bliss and Don't Be Afraid.

Jill Cooper

Follow your bliss.
If you do follow your bliss,
you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you,
and the life you ought to be living
is the one you are living.
When you can see that,
you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss,
and they open the doors to you.
I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid,
and doors will open
where you didn’t know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss,
doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.
— Joseph Campbell

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Some days are made for lying in the grass, for tea and sun, for lolling around the garden, admiring things, eating strawberries. Some days are for paying attention, for noticing the water run down your spine in the shower, for slowing time. 

Some days are made for eating scrabbled eggs for dinner, for finishing a novel, for wandering in the hills, or for basking. Some days are perfect for watching clouds, telling jokes, feeling feelings, and dreaming. Some days are right for doing absolutely nothing, but being.

I love those stretchy, loungey, peaceful, dreamy days. But oh do I love days like today too. Days that gallop. Days so fast I feel like a mere witness to plans unleashed. Fire-cracker days. Hot-potato days. Days when emails fling out to space and back, when agreements happen, when help is given and received easily, when communications are not only kind but fruitful.

I love these accomplishing days too - days that race out the gate. Even the clouds are flying by fast; even the wind chime is banging fast, a rhythm gongs "Let's go, Let's go!" Creating, powerful, productive days.

Today, I witnessed the sun rise and set. In-between those moments was a delightful flourish of inspired activity, connections with dear people, welcome surprises, rich writing time. Doors flung open with good news at the threshold. 

How I appreciate days like today. Days that tip-toe up to the golden sky in the early morning silence, and then burst out the gates in a cleansing torrent of useful activity. I love to appreciate how taking guided action brings the world to my doorstep, connecting me with good and gracious beings. I value how following my bliss opens me up to pure positive and authentic relationships with creative cohorts. 

I'm with Joseph Campbell on this…follow your bliss. Put yourself "on a kind of track." Then relax, and hold on for the ride of your life. 


With love,