“Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
In each moment, each of us is engaged in creation. Creating song. Creating a walk to the park. Creating a meal. Creating a dialogue on why the sky is blue, with a child. Creating anxiety, sitting in a line of cars, not moving. Creating a happy memory from 1969. Creating love.
As we expand and connect these moments, we see our path, where we were, and where we are. The wisdom learned along the way. An experience that will not be forgotten soon. Something that touched the soul. Or perhaps, a routine part of the day that suddenly became steps walking upon a moving planet, in gratitude, instead of going down the sidewalk to get the mail. Every moment, in its full glory, is to be celebrated.
“If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.” ~ Barry Lopez, in Crow and Weasel
During the next twelve months, The Edge invites you to share your experiences with us, so we can share them with the community at large. Each featured topic in 2012 relates to your experience, to your journey, your pathway, and what you felt and how it has shaped your life. Simply share a story about a life-changing experience you have had, and how it impacted your life from that moment on. It is about you as you travel through your own story, unfolding the magic and how that magic impacted your life.
Submissions are 700 words or less and due on the 7th of each month prior to publication date. Include a brief bio at the end of the article sharing who you are, what you do and how you can be contacted, along with your mailing address for our records. Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org, submit online at Edgemagazine.net/submit-articles/ – and address questions to 651.578.8969.
2012 FEATURED TOPICS
- January: My Unexpected Awakening (deadline Dec. 7, 2011)
- February: Love, Revealed (deadline January 7)
- March: If I Could Do Anything… (deadline February 7)
- April: The Joy of Collaboration (deadline March 7)
- May: Friends for Life (deadline April 7)
- June: How I use my Intuition (deadline May 7)
- July: From the Mystic : Experiences I’ll Never Forget (deadline June 7)
- August: My Struggle with Fear (deadline July 7)
- September: The New Me: Reports from the Transformation (deadline August 7)
- October: An Unexplained Experience from the Beyond (deadline September 7)
- November: I am so Grateful… (deadline October 7)
- December: Intentions for the New Year Ahead (deadline November 7)
“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.” ~ Gilda Radner
We are living in magnificent times. We believe each human being is magnificent and has an incredible part to add to the tapestry that is life. By removing labels — rich and poor, educated and uneducated and even leaders and followers — each individual has the opportunity to reclaim his or her place in the whole, and to unfold and bloom and share the wonderful gifts each possess. We exist within a field of synchronicity, where the many attributes of each individual can combine with those of others, to create something new. But for any of this to happen, each of us must show up, take our places, unfold and begin to experience our potentials with others. Truly it is time to immerse and indulge ourselves in experience.
It’s about experience as you weave your way through a never-ending string of ah-ha! moments. It’s about the healing you’ve endured to become whole again, and the amazing insights and wisdom that were left in the wake of your struggles.
It’s about a given moment when senses awaken, eyes wide open to truth, when the whole universe moves in complete synchronicity, as you stand on a street corner in the middle of the day. It’s about being, and the experiences you choose to create. Your experience is just as relevant — and vital to the whole — as anyone else’s on the planet.
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~ Howard Thurman
The Edge seeks experiential writing in 2012. Simply share an experience you’ve had. May your writing be ripe with detail and emotion. Describe how something felt, to you. Share what the experience was like for you, including any magic or inspiration or illumination that resulted from it.
Experiential writing is a surprisingly powerful way to open and illuminate your personal inner wisdom. There’s something magical that happens when we read about the experiences of others like us, and then find tremendous resonance with the story. Not only do we feel authentic inspiration, but more importantly, the fact that we perceive the author to be more like ourselves removes the self-defeating barrier we tend to keep that says, “I’ll never be like her,” or “I’ll never be as wise as he is.”
For this purpose of sharing our experiences, let’s step outside of the teacher-student paradigm, into a middle ground where we are all just humans, being. We are neither teachers nor students. We are a beautiful ocean of vibrant souls sharing powerful stories about their journeys so that others may realize the power of their own experiences and one day come to share them, as well.
For more insight on sharing your story in The Edge, read: edgemagazine.net/guide-to-experiential-writing/
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- Poetry: We seek poems of any form and convention, up to 40 lines in length. Send 2 to 3 unpublished poems and a short bio to email@example.com. Attach poems to your email in Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF (.pdf). Topics should be compatible with those of The Edge magazine.
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