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When You Need Help Finding Your Way Back to Yourself by Jennifer Louden


I am writing this at my sister’s dining room table in Florida.


My mom is asleep nearby on the living room couch, contorted into a comma-like shape in the corner. My sister is asleep in her room down the hall.


Mom was up wandering most of the night so everybody is exhausted. And we’d be exhausted anyway since we are in the midst of moving mom from Washington to Florida, from me to my sister, fr...

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The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander
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Lyrically stunning, searingly intimate, yet with such respectful boundaries of her late husband. She never trades in her grief but makes it always a love story that names the grief without letting it be a book about grief. I felt honored to have glim ...more
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A fantastic series of essays about writing creative non-fiction - with such subtle and wonderful explanations of many of the predicaments a writer of memoir or creative non fiction finds herself in. Invaluable.
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The still spareness of this book is startling and penetrates my mind with clarity. Also a compelling example of memoir blended with spiritual insight.
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“Carve out the time. Notice I do not say find the time. That is an absurd and dangerous phrase. Time is never lying around waiting for us to find her. She is elusive. She wants you to sculpt her like clay, to mold her into exactly the form you desire your days to take. If you refuse to do that, if you spend your mornings worrying and your afternoons catering to others, always hoping there will be a few minutes left for you, time will play you like a sucker, making you run harder and faster with each passing week. Time wants you to realize that she is the most precious and irreducible fact in your live. Make her into what you will”
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“East of Ordinary There exists the landscape where you take yourself by the hand. Where you walk forward trembling with tears running down your face, West of Doubt where you fear your greatness and embrace it anyway. We join hands and listen for the whispers of how we each make a difference. North of Hello we gather the courage for the doing. South of Regret we loosen our jaws, lean our shoulders away from our ears, let our eyes turn upwards. It need not be hard, we have each other.”
Jennifer Louden, The Life Organizer: A Woman's Guide to a Mindful Year

“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
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“Sometimes it's a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence.”
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“Be silent and listen: have you recognized your madness and do you admit it? Have you noticed that all your foundations are completely mired in madness? Do you not want to recognize your madness and welcome it in a friendly manner? You wanted to accept everything. So accept madness too. Let the light of your madness shine, and it will suddenly dawn on you. Madness is not to be despised and not to be feared, but instead you should give it life...If you want to find paths, you should also not spurn madness, since it makes up such a great part of your nature...Be glad that you can recognize it, for you will thus avoid becoming its victim. Madness is a special form of the spirit and clings to all teachings and philosophies, but even more to daily life, since life itself is full of craziness and at bottom utterly illogical. Man strives toward reason only so that he can make rules for himself. Life itself has no rules. That is its mystery and its unknown law. What you call knowledge is an attempt to impose something comprehensible on life.”
C.G. Jung, The Red Book: A Reader's Edition

“We are constantly trying to hold it all together. If you really want to see why you do things, then don't do them and see what happens.”
Michael A. Singer, The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

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