June 20, 2012
In my book author meanderings, I have met some incredible people: Dick Bolles, the author of the legendary What Color is Your Parachute, Louise Hay, author and publisher of Hay House; yes, I even met Oprah’s man friend, Stedman once as he released a new book at America’s largest book fair, Book Expo America.
For me, visiting a bookstore is like seeing old friends again. Wherever I go, I pop into one just to say ‘Hi!’ Inevitably, I will know one or two people on the shelf.
Reading is a special kind of listening. You take it in through your eyes, but if the book is written from the heart, you receive it through yours as well. Such is the book Listen by Lynn A. Robinson. Her prose has a gentle, lilting cadence that teaches you to trust your inner voice in times of trouble. I’ve talked about your inner GPS in prior posts, but listen to what Lynn says about it:
Some of us fear our inner guidance because it often leads us to something scary or outside our comfort zone. Viewed a different way, however, it can also lead us to new cycles of learning, growth, and spiritual wisdom. The discomfort or confusion you feel is actually your intuition directing you to make choices in your life that will allow you to break free (page 114).
Are you ready for some of that? Liberation is indeed a good thing. It may require some awkward steps forward. You do remember learning how to walk, right? A little crashing on your derrière is inevitable. But if you go slowly, it won’t hurt that badly. Promise!
In the fabulous words of chanteuse Zaz from France: Allons ensemble découvrir ma liberté. (Let’s discover my liberty together).
It starts with the small, still voice within. What is it saying to you?