I recently did a four-part video teaching series based on “Writing To Awaken.” Here is an excerpt from the first installment, titled “Who Am I?” This core question drives memoirists and seekers alike. Rather than simply accept our stories at face value, we have the power to transform our lives when we begin to question our myths. In this video, I talk about how to use writing practice as a path of self-discovery, insight, and healing.
This November, I’m leading a retreat at The Garrison Institute with my friend and collaborator, Dr. Maria Sirois. It’s called “Writing To Awaken: Exploring Loneliness, Self-Reliance, and Riddle of Human Relationship,” and takes place November 17-19. Garrison is a stunning venue on the Hudson River and I hope you’ll be able to join us! Here’s a blog on the kind of work we’ll be doing. Click here for more information and registration.
I’m excited to announce that my new book, Writing To Awaken: A Journey of Truth, Transformation, and Self-Discovery, will be published on July, 1! I’ve put together a yearlong program of essential lessons for using writing to promote creative and spiritual growth, and am thrilled with the finished product! Joan Borysenko wrote an amazing preface and the endorsements by Dan Siegel, Tara Brach, Mark Nepo and others did me proud. The book is now available for pre-order.
I had a terrific conversation with Mark Coleman, the meditation teacher and therapist, about how to defeat bullies within and without. His new book, Make Peace With Your Mind, is full of good stuff. Here’s a quote from our interview:
“The critic really started as a survivor mechanism in early infancy and childhood when we were trying to navigate our early family system and culture. When we’re learning how to fit in so we could optimize that flow of love and affection. It was an internal voice telling us to shut certain patterns and reactions down, that negativity bias that’s always looking for what’s wrong, looking for the threat. That tendency gets dovetailed into the critic, so that we don’t just notice what’s wrong. Instead, the critic comes in and nails us, slams us for it.”
What a terrific conversation I had with Sarah MacDonald at ABC Radio in Sydney. Sarah is a media fixture down here, having had the top-rated interview show in the country, and has just debuted a new program called “This Mortal Coil.” She’ll be doing in-depth, hour-long pieces on psychology, philosophy, spirituality, and the arts, and I was honored to be her first guest on the program. Lucky timing — being in Australia teaching this month. Listen to the interview here.
What a great time I’ve been having as always at Omega Blue Spirit. Stephan Rechtschaffen has created a real life paradise for reflection and renewal, self-exploration, spiritual practice, and being in this superb tropic setting. Howler monkeys, baby turtles hatching on the beach, chartreuse colored birds in the trees. And teaching with old friends and admired colleagues, Roshi Joan Halifax, Joan Borysenko, Elena Brower — big souls all. I look forward to teaching this retreat every year. Next week, Australia. Peace.