Interesting article with one of my favourite authors, the wonderful Susan Hill, creator of The Woman in Black and the Simon Serraillier crime thrillers.
According to the article we have a new novella and Serraillier novel to look forward to. I love her work not only for the quality of the writing, but also for her down to earth attitude to writing.
One of my mentors this year, through his books, has been Shaikh Kabir Helminski, translator of Rumi and Shaikh of the Mehvlevi tradition out of which Rumi's work emerged.
His books Living Presence and The Loving Heart have sat by my side every day. They aren't books to race through, but to savour and ponder, both the language and the ideas.
Here is an interview where he talks about Rumi and the central ideas of Sufism.
Our days are so rushed aren't they that sometimes we just forget to take a minute and breathe. If you're having that kind of a day, tune into the 1 minute reflection below and re-centre yourself.
Don’t let money get in the way.
If you find that funds are tight, there are a lot of things you can do for yourself. You could design your own book cover, especially if you are going to release an e book. Look at the cover of Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking –that’s not very complicated. You could build your own website by using templates on Wordpress.com – for free! There ae a lot of things you can do nowadays that costy you absolutely nothing, or very little. Years ago you could never buy a domain name for as little as $10 but now you can.
More about Peggy here.
I came to the work of Pema Chodron earlier this year and I love her down to earth language and her humour in what she offers us as practices.
If you haven't met her work, Omega Institute are hosting a live stream event with her.
Sometimes you receive something from your inner guidance that makes you feel very vulnerable but you have to share it anyway. That happened to me this week. I hope sharing it helps you.
One of the most challenging parts of us as writers is the 'inner critic'. That voice in our heads that stops us publishing, whether it's a blog, a course or a whole book. Peggy's experience has taught her that letting go of something is as important as creating it in the first place.
'Don’t let perfection stop you from moving forward.
It would probably not surprise you that many authors are perfectionists. Being a perfectionist can be a great attribute so long as you keep moving. So when is it good enough? I suspect that for the majority of authors who release their books, it is never good enough for them. There is always something more they would add but so long as it is of the highest quality – get it out there. You can always release another edition and/or create supplemental products for it.'
If you want someone to motivate you, encourage you to take action and stay moving, I can't recommend anyone better than Peggy. Find out more at www.peggymccoll.com
This is such an important time for those of us who want to play a part in making this world a place fit for all of us to live in.
We need all the support we can get and I've gained hugely over the last few years in my own development from being part of The Shift Network.
Their generosity in offering interviews with top class spiritual writers and speakers has made it possible for me to widen my view of living a spiritual life. If you haven't come across The Shift Network before then take a look at what they offer.
I first heard Terry Patten, Adyshanti and Kabir Helminski on their free to listen to interview series.
Reading many spiritual teachers as I do, something often strikes home and I feel I'd like to share my thoughts.
So I've begun to create audio reflections - short ones usually around five minutes. I hope it helps other people but if I'm honest it helps me most.
It clears my mind of thoughts that might be festering there.
It helps me pay attention to the words I read.
And above all it makes me take another look at how I translate what I think are my spiritual beleifs into actions that show up in everyday living.
This one is based on Pema Chodron on patience (Shambhala Books)
You can download it here: