In my Yin Yoga class today, the teacher read a passage from Paulo Coelho’s book The Alchemist. The words inspired me and I left the class with these thoughts. Maybe you could use them, too. I’m really loving my yoga class.


Stay with your breath
Come back if you lose it
In the space between
Listen for the pulse of your heart
and be open to its wisdom

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering
is worse than the suffering itself.
And that no heart has ever suffered when
it goes in search of its dreams….”

Let your breath be a guide
Your senses a map
Let your heart soften and
absorb the sounds around you

Like individual grains of sand
We are separate
Let the earth take your weight
Together, we are one, all the same


You don’t have to understand the desert: all you have to do is contemplate a simple grain of sand, and you will see in it all the marvels of creation.

Paulo Coelho from The Alchemist

photo credit: Baker Beach – San Francisco via photopin (license)


It’s time for Friday Fictioneers, the weekly challenge where writers compose a 100-story based on a photo.

Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting the Fictioneers and to Jennifer Pendergast for this week’s photo. All are welcome to give this challenge a shot. Join in!

PHOTO PROMPT – © Jennifer Pendergast

 Genre: Fantasy/Myth (98 words)

Tumbleweed Junction

Rob kicked sand at the tumbleweeds and watched them roll, floating and drifting, glued to the wind like rails to a train with no conductor.

Ellie climbed into the train car.

“I thought I was seeing things,” Rob said. “Like this train was a mirage.”

“Get on. Let’s see where it takes us,” Ellie patted a spot next to her. As if pinching herself, she drew in the dust on the floor, “Ellie was here.”

Rob was not. The wind picked him up to join the other tumbleweeds, hopping and skipping with the desert’s scraggly skeletons.


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Tumbleweed Junction – Friday Fictioneers