May 2009

The Artist's Way

Julia Cameron is a genius. There’s simply no other way to put it.

After years at a job where my creativity gradually dwindled into a small pocket within my frontal lobe, often forgotten, often developing cobwebs and housing stray homeless creatures who wandered in and marveled at the vacant find, I suddenly found myself wholly dependant on said monochromatic pocket following a rather painful—but relieved, I must admit—layoff.

Diving head-first into finding another way to support my family, I also dove into numerous self-help books, believing that I was lacking something. And I was. I was lacking myself. And Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way helped me find… me.

Reading Guide for National Meditation Month

Though May is nearly over, there is plenty of time to learn more about meditation and begin a daily meditative practice, if you don’t have one already. There are hundreds of books about meditation available today; here is just a sampling to start off with.

The Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual on Meditation: Renowned Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh provides everyday exercises to help you meditate on a daily basis. “Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves,” says Hanh. From mindful breathing while doing daily chores to practicing Hanh’s methods for just ten minutes daily, this is an easy program for most people to follow.