We had such a great time at the “When You’re Falling, Dive” retreat at Old Stone Farm this past weekend! Thank you to everyone who attended (including camera-shy participants). Excellent writing, inspiring stories, new friendships, and wonderful insights. Sherry Kahn, the founder of Old Stone Farm, is one of my favorite people and I’m grateful to her for creating this event.
Alain de Botton is one of my favorite living writers. It was great to interview him for Psychology Today. Best known for brilliant, genre-rattling books that include How Proust Can Change Your Life, Essays in Love, Status Anxiety, and most recently How To Think More About Sex, de Botton is a prophet provocateur. He is also one of the founders of The School of Life which has a passionate belief in making learning relevant – and so runs courses in the important questions of everyday life. Continue reading
I was talking to my mother-in-law about Thanksgiving. “What is there to be thankful for?” she asked? I understood her desperate question. Bev has had a terrible year. Her husband’s dementia is out of control, her grandson just fathered a kid out of wedlock, the economy stinks, she has pain in her legs, and Barack Obama is still in the White House. “The world is going to pot,” Bev tells me. “How could a person be thankful for this?” I answered her in my latest blog for Purple Clover.
It was great to interview my old friend Dr. Henry Grayson for Psychology Today. Henry is a pioneer in mind-body healing who first came to my attention with his book Mindful Loving, which I covered for “O” Magazine when it was published. The radical idea in that book was that couples can work out their differences by changing their thoughts about one another. Now Henry has published another envelope-pusher, Use Your Body To Heal Your Mind, full of fascinating new research on self-healing. Check out the interview here.
I’m excited to announce my monthly column in Contemplative Journal beginning January, 2014. This new online magazine offers spiritually nourishing, intellectually stimulating perspectives on a wide range of topics including business, education, the arts, science and nature, health and wellness, faith and spirituality, and spiritual practice, as well as free access to some of today’s best spiritual writing. Check them out at www.contemplativejournal.com.
Check out Purple Clover’s first anthology. I have a piece in it called The Optimist’s Manifesto. Available on Amazon. Enjoy!
“The eleven writers featured here, in Purple Clover’s inaugural collection of personal essays, are the Lena Dunhams of our generation — a little older, possibly a little wiser, certainly more experienced and generally less inclined to parade around naked. The essays — taken from our site’s popular Voices series — covers everything from finding love in midlife to the joys and heartbreak of adoption to a longtime married couple navigating the shoals of their new stay-at-home status to a bold journey of sexual reawakening. Collectively, they reflect the emotional truth of how we live today.”
We had such a great time yesterday at The Nuts and Bolts of Memoir workshop held at The Brooklyn Historical Society! So much creativity and courage, so many intimate moments and amazing stories. We talked about the fundamentals of memoir and the all-important element of insight for writers who hope to break new ground and discover “the story inside the story” — the untold story that needs to be written. I love the rapport that forms in these groups, the trust that forms between strangers who are opening their hearts, their secrets, their longings, to one another in a few short hours. Thank you to everyone who participated! I hope that our paths will cross again soon.
I recently had an interview published in Art & Inspiration, a free bilingual English/French e-magazine & website with a directory of international artists. In the article titled From Crisis to Creativity: an Interview with Mark Matousek, I discuss the common threads in the stories from my book When You’re Falling, Dive, how to face crisis, as well as my philosophy that each of us is born with creative genius. I hope you enjoy it.
“Hardship and pain are the very things we are told to avoid, but If we recognize that darkness can be a doorway into self-realization and can “galvanize and deepen the spirit,” new opportunities begin to unfold.” This is a quote from a new article in the Hudson Valley paper Chronogram by Wendy Kagan. Read the full article here. I’ll be teaching the workshop “Thriving Through Adversity” at Old Stone Farm in Rhinebeck on December 5-8. Continue reading
The “Awakening Genius” writing retreat this past week at the Mandala Center in northern New Mexico was outstanding. So much good work and inspiration, deep breakthroughs, laughs, and revelations. Among the revelations was Beverly Manley, left, a poet from Truth or Consequences, N.M., who blew us all away with her spirit (and her verse). Mandala is located in the center of a super-volcano and the harsh, beautiful landscape tears the senses open and make way for spiritual growth. Continue reading