"This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness."
— MARY OLIVER
I love anthologies. They serve as devotionals - those books you pull out and read one page of each day for inspiration. I also like to use them as divination tools. When something is feeling congested in my life and I want a fresh insight or some guidance, I like to flip open books like these and whatever random page they open to always provides just what I need.
DYING TO BE BORN
What is Dying to be Born? A compilation of women’s wisdom, vision and imagination.
A labour of love I put together in 2010, this collection of short essays, poetry and art work still fills me up. With contributors like Brene Brown, Danielle LaPorte, Martha Beck and Meg Wheatley, the wisdom within is timeless. It has been downloaded thousands of times over the last five years and I continue to hear reports of it being used in professional development seminars, shared at staff meetings and circulated in government departments. Download is free - no strings attached. My heartfelt gift to you.
TEACHING WITH HEART
Teaching with Heart: Poetry that Speaks to the Courage to Teach
I was thrilled to be selected as a contributor to this gorgeous and inspiring book. Put together by Parker Palmer’s organization (a man I deeply admire) this anthology of short reflections on teaching accompanied by a wide range of poetry is touching and meaningful even if you aren’t involved in education. As a poetry anthology alone, it is one of the most wide and deep I own (and I own many). My contribution is on page 74 accompanied by my good friend Tara Sophia Mohr’s poem, Your Other Name.
Books of honour
As a book lover, is there anything more satisfying then finding your name in the acknowledgements of a book that is powerfully paradigm changing? If so, I haven’t found it. I was a witness to these babies being born and I couldn’t be prouder of these empowering, transformational books written by my beloved friends.
Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message by Tara Mohr
Tara’s writing is full of wise insights and practical applications. I have already recommended it to many of my clients and know I will continue to do so, and that I will continue to reference it myself (the chapter on fear is the one I re-read the most). She addresses the many issues that hold women back from living their heart’s desire.
The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul by Danielle LaPorte
Danielle turns traditional goal setting on it’s head with this ground-breaking book that brings you back to the core of how you want to feel rather than what you want to get. Powerful. You can read some of my thoughts about it in the book on page ##. Another book I recommend to my clients often.
The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms
So much wisdom - the focus is on those with an entrepreneurial spirit, but that’s just the vehicle for clarity around how we want to show up in the world, our energy and spirituality and defining success for ourselves.