Writing as a Path to Awakening, with Albert Flynn DeSilver
Join us when Bay Area author Albert Flynn DeSilver comes to Eagle Harbor Book Company to talk about his new book, Writing as a Path to Awakening: A Year to Become an Excellent Writer and to Live an Enlightened Life. He will be at the store Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 5pm.
The best writers say their work seems to come from a source beyond the thinking mind. But how do we access that source?
"We must first look inside ourselves and be willing to touch that raw emotional core at the heart of a deeper creativity," writes DeSilver. In Writing as a Path to Awakening, this renowned poet, writer, and teacher shows readers how to use meditation to cultivate true depth in their own writing--so words reveal layers of profound insight that inspire and move readers.
Constructed as a year-long exploration with a new focus for each month and season, the book includes:
- How to approach writing and reading with a greater level of presence and immersion
- Engaging curiosity, playfulness, and spontaneity to keep your regular practice fresh
- Meditating with poetry to deeply embody the power of language
- How you can spark your imagination by connecting to the groundless source of creation
- The meditative approach to storytelling--how not being trapped in your story liberates your capacity to create
- Editing, rewriting, and the path of spiritual transformation
"Writing and meditation practice are a powerful pair, a dynamic duo," DeSilver teaches. "Together they nourish and push, trigger and define, inform and inspire, enable, and energize. To engage in both practices fully is to activate a more complete, creative, and spiritual self." With a mixture of engaging storytelling and practical exercises, Writing as a Path to Awakening invites you on a yearlong journey of growth and discovery -- to enhance your writing through the practice of meditation while using the creative process to accelerate your spiritual evolution.
Best-selling author Dani Shapiro says "In a gentle, lucid, erudite and compassionate guide, Albert Flynn DeSilver offers the wisdom and warmth of a true friend who has walked the path. One who reaches out a capable hand and offers it to the new writer, to the struggling writer, and says here, here, let me show you not only how to write, but how to live.”
Albert Flynn DeSilver is an internationally published poet, memoirist, novelist, speaker, and workshop leader. He has published several books of poetry and Beamish Boy (Owl Press, 2012), which Kirkus Reviews calls, "A beautifully written memoir of awakening and self-acceptance." He teaches at the Omega Institute, Esalen, Spirit Rock, and writing conferences nationally. He lives in northern California.