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Archive for the Practices: Writing category

Tara Mohr on Playing Big

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

The first conversation Tara Mohr and I ever had, about four years ago, was about her desire to write a book (I was writing Zen Under Fire at the time) and how she was confronting the fears, doubts and challenges that come with the kind of ‘playing big’ it takes to do so. About a […]

A Hard-won Lesson: what I learned from a harsh review

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

This month I’ll be sharing some of the hard-won lessons I learned in the process of writing, publishing and promoting Zen Under Fire as a Guest Contributor in the online Conscious Booksmith workshop. A book doesn’t come to life in a vacuum — mine certainly didn’t. A book is made real in the midst of […]

Courage, Comfort Zones and Creative Joy

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Last week I said that life takes practice, and practice takes community. Life also takes courage. And courage loves company. One of the key themes of my life over the past 18 months has been the centrality of courage to the life I want to live. Creativity takes courage. Compassion takes courage. Curiosity takes courage. […]

Life takes practice. Practice takes community.

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

You are what you practice most.” ― Richard Carlson Practice is a big theme for me this month. When I use the word practice, I’m using it to mean something particular. It’s not the kind of practice that you do to get better, like a violinist before a performance. It’s not the kind of practice that […]

Honour thy teacher. Honour thyself.

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

When your teacher asks: Have you been writing? Tell her the truth. Tell you have been writing. Finally, despite the resistance and the struggle, you have been writing. And then, if you are brave, tell her that your writing is still as bad as it ever was. If you are really brave, admit that the reason […]

You don’t always get what you want.

Friday, June 21st, 2013

(I find my appearance in this photo amusing. I think I look like the CEO of Chicago, arms-crossed and smiling as though to say, ‘I may have built this town, but I’m taking a break now to pose casually for this photo’ The photo itself is gorgeous, thanks to Rebecca Downes) But you get what […]

Do you realise how extraordinary your story is?

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

(Photo by Karen Walrond) Yesterday, after my book reading in Houston, my friend Karen asked me, ‘Do you realize how extraordinary your story is?’ ‘Honestly,’ I said, ‘no – I don’t.’ I’ve spent most of my adult life living and working with people who have stories at least as courageous as mine, and many of […]

Retreat, Rest & Press Reset on 2013 – July 21-26 in Big Sur, CA

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

This year I’m hosting a sweet retreat at one of my all time favorite places in the world: Esalen in Big Sur. Five years ago, soon after I had left Afghanistan, I went on retreat at Esalen with Seane Corn, Hala Khouri and Suzanne Sterling of Off the Mat, Into the World. During my week in Big […]

What is Creative Joy? Does it matter?

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Have you ever had the experience of writing, creating or teaching something and then hearing from someone who has read, studied or taken part in it and thinking to yourself: ‘She got more from it than I even realised I was putting in it?’ It often happens to me when I’m teaching yoga, which is […]

Whose story is it to tell?

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Today I’ve read some powerful articles drawing on the tragic events in Sandy Hook in order to illustrate really important social issues. And I’ve felt a deep tension within myself as I read them. On the one hand I am a storyteller who believes our stories have incredible power to help us connect to each […]

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