Elizabeth Gilbert, Anne Lamott & Julia Cameron

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I thought I'd inspire you today with 3 authors  and quotes that have touched my soul.
The following quotes are by – Elizabeth Gilbert  Eat, Pray, Love

"I met an old lady once, almost a hundred years old, and she told me, 'There are only two questions that human beings have ever fought over, all through history. How much do you love me? And Who's in charge?" 

"Someone has to write all those stories: why not me?" 

"You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own blessings." 

"Imagine that the universe is a great spinning engine. You want to stay near the core of the thing – right in the hub of the wheel – not out at the edges where all the wild whirling takes place, where you can get frayed and crazy. The hub of calmness – that's your heart. That's where God lives within you. So stop looking for answers in the world. Just keep coming back to that center and you'll always find peace." 

"To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow – this is a human offering that can border on miraculous." 

"To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice." 

"You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That's the only thing you should be trying to control." 

"And what will I be able to do tomorrow that I cannot yet do today?" 

"The great Sufi poet and philosopher Rumi once advised his students to write down the three things they most wanted in life. If any item on the list clashes with any other item, Rumi warned, you are destined for unhappiness. Better to live a life of single-pointed focus, he taught. But what about the benefits of living harmoniously among extremes? What if you could somehow create an expansive enough life that you could synchronize seemingly incongruous opposites into a world view that excludes nothing?" 

"So tonight I reach for my journal again. This is the first time I’ve done this since I came to Italy. What I write in my journal is that I am weak and full of fear. I explain that Depression and Loneliness have shown up, and I’m scared they will never leave. I say that I don’t want to take the drugs anymore, but I’m frightened I will have to. I am terrified that I will never really pull my life together. 

In response, somewhere from within me, rises a now-familiar presence, offering me all the certainties I have always wished another person would say to me when I was troubled. This is what I find myself writing on the page: 

I’m here. I love you. I don’t care if you need to stay up crying all night long. I will stay with you. If you need the medication again, go ahead and take it—I will love you through that, as well. If you don’t need the medication, I will love you, too. There’s nothing you can ever do to lose my love. I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you. I am stronger than Depression and Braver than Loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me." 

"When the karma of a relationship is done, only love remains. It's safe. Let go." 

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Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

"For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die." 

"Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It's like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can't stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship."  

"It's good to do uncomfortable things. It's weight training for life." 

"Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere." 

"Becoming a writer is about becoming conscious. When you're conscious and writing from a place of insight and simplicity and real caring about the truth, you have the ability to throw the lights on for your reader. He or she will recognize his or her life and truth in what you say, in the pictures you have painted, and this decreases the terrible sense of isolation that we have all had too much of." 

"This is our goal as writers, I think; to help others have this sense of–please forgive me–wonder, of seeing things anew, things that can catch us off guard, that break in on our small, bordered worlds. When this happens, everything feels more spacious. Try walking around with a child who's going, "Wow, wow! Look at that dirty dog! Look at that burned-down house! Look at that red sky!" And the child points and you look, and you see, and you start going, "Wow! Look at that huge crazy hedge! Look at that teeny little baby! Look at the scary dark cloud!" I think this is how we are supposed to be in the world–present and in awe." 

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Quotes by Julie Cameron author of "The Artists Way."

"The creative process is a process of surrender, not control." 

"Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise." 

"I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something. Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seat belt. The most remarkable things follow."

"Art is not about thinking something up. It is the opposite – getting something down."

"Creativity – like human life itself – begins in darkness."

 “Perfectionism is not a quest for the best. It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough – that we should try again.”

 “Life is a creative endeavor. It is active, not passive. We are the yeast that leavens our lives into rich, fully baked loaves. When we experience our lives as flat and lackluster, it is our consciousness that is at fault. We hold the inner key that turns our lives from thankless to fruitful. That key is "Blessing."

 “Growth is an erratic forward movement: two steps forward, one step back. Remember that and be very gentle with yourself.”

Today I'm a guest at Jean Saraurer's blog, Virgin Blogger Notes, 14 Tips On For Turning Bloggers Into Friends. 

What books and authors have you enjoyed this summer?

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  • The Exception August 10, 2010, 9:44 am

    These are wonderful. I am drawn to the writing of Gilbert and have not read the other two, but I love the quotes you selected. I am adding these books to my ever growing list – what would like be without books and the wisdom and ideas of others.
    Thank you Tess

  • Lori August 10, 2010, 9:51 am

    Hi Tess,
    I’ve read all three of these books and can remember quite a lot of highlighting occurring when I read them, too. It will be fun for me to go back and see if we were drawn to some of the same quotes.

    As I see you on your own journey, Tess, I see one day checking out two or three (or two dozen) of my favorite books from the library — BY YOU! Then highlighting the heck out of ’em.

    Pen to page, lovely, pen to page, pretty please? I’ll be the first person standing in line at your book signing, too. 😉

    Thanks for this, Tess. You’re such a beautiful person.
    ~xo
    .-= Lori´s last post…The Jurassic Flower =-.

  • Lori August 10, 2010, 9:53 am

    OK, wait, I better clarify that comment. I’d BUY your books — because I can’t highlight a library book! (d’oh)
    .-= Lori´s last post…The Jurassic Flower =-.

  • Caroline August 10, 2010, 10:35 am

    UGH…I have not really read much this summer. I read Eat Pray Love a few years back and just loved it to pieces…I can’t wait to see the movie! And Anne Lamott…OMG!!! I love her. Have you read her book “Plan B…further thoughts on faith”? Hilarious!! Her short stories are so funny yet really touch a cord. I think I may need to re-read a few stories tonight!
    .-= Caroline´s last post…Stranger 10 =-.

  • Peggy Nolan August 10, 2010, 10:39 am

    OMG!

    I devoured Eat Pray Love (and asked myself, “why aren’t you writing something like this?)

    I LOVE Bird by Bird…There’s a gem inside each page, each paragraph, each sentence. I took Lamont’s advice and wrote a short story based on simply “listening to the little kid playing in the basement.” My job was to simply listen and write what I heard.

    And The Artist’s Way. Julia Cameron’s excercises, thoughts, suggestions, words have inspired me to some really cool things – my first artist’s date was a trip to the Planetarium and from that trip and my love of all things SPACE, the final frontier (Cue the Captain Kirk voice over), my workshops are held at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, NH! The Artist’s Way uncorked and unleashed something truly amazing inside me that was just begging to come out!

    …The book I’m reading right now, “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle!
    .-= Peggy Nolan´s last post…My Daughter My Teacher =-.

  • Sandra Lee August 10, 2010, 2:19 pm

    Hi Tess,

    These are incredible. I love the quote about imagining the universe as a big spinning engine and staying close to the core, not at the edges where you get frayed. The core has the best view too!

    “Becoming a writer is about becoming conscious….” is really beautiful too…

    You are so generous. Thank you for these wonderful gifts. My recent book list follows a different thread: The Brain that Changes Itself, Doidge and Food Allergies and Intolerances, Brostoff.

    Hugs!
    .-= Sandra Lee´s last post…30 days of getting results with J D Meier =-.

  • rob white August 10, 2010, 2:25 pm

    Hi Tess,
    Thanks for these… I have not read any of the selections. I have seen “The Artists Way” many times on the shelf at the book store and love the quote you gave: “Art is not about thinking something up. It is the opposite – getting something down.” I’ve found this to be very true… there are a million people with a million great ideas, unfortunately they stay just that: ideas. A great writer was asked: “whats more important, ideas or prose?” “Prose. Ideas are a dime a dozen.”

  • Preeti @ Heart and Mind August 10, 2010, 5:09 pm

    Tess,

    I have read eat, pray , love book and have yet to read other two. It is simply interesting that I too wrote about book reading today without knowing your post too.

    I love to quote some famous quotes of book but never thought of it the way you wrote here, simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
    .-= Preeti @ Heart and Mind´s last post…101 changes- Change 6 – Read a book Benefits of reading =-.

  • Suzie Cheel August 10, 2010, 6:01 pm

    Hi Tess,

    1. Love Eat love pray- have read twice now and looking forward to the movie- always make me want to go back to Bali
    2. Bird to Bird and Anne new to me-
    3. This is now the 3rd time in the week that Julia’s book has been mentioned- I took it off the shelf -a book I have owned for many many years
    .-= Suzie Cheel´s last post…Video Marketing- Interview With Pam Brossman =-.

  • Lance August 10, 2010, 6:28 pm

    Tess,
    I haven’t read any of these three books – although I very much respect the authors and what I have read about them (and in excerpts). Hmmm….maybe add to my list of books to read…

    This summer I’ve read a couple of books. “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz and “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl. Both very wonderfully written, and both that touched me deeply.

    Thanks so much for sharing – it was good to let these quote settle into my soul, too…
    .-= Lance´s last post…On Fields Pond =-.

  • Angela Artemis August 10, 2010, 6:31 pm

    Hi Tess,
    I see we share the same taste in books! I have all three. What great selections, especially Julia Cameron & Anne Lamott.

    Eat Pray Love made me sad – I wished I’d written it, but then I haven’t had the courage to quit my job and take off for a year!

    I think Julia Cameron is amazing. She inspires so much.

    And Anne Lamott, you just can’t read her work on writing and not yell, YES!

    Thank you for this wonderful creative post Tess. I loved remembering how much I loved these books.
    .-= Angela Artemis´s last post…Hey! There’s a Face in That Orb! =-.

  • Tony Single August 10, 2010, 6:32 pm

    Spooky. My wife is just about to read Eat, Pray, Love! How did you know? 😛

    The Artist’s Way sounds like it would be more my cup of tea. I am going to have to source a copy of that. Thanks for the recommendation, Tess. 🙂

  • Brenda August 10, 2010, 6:38 pm

    Tess,

    I read all these books and loved them and I have to tell you that these quotes take my breath away. How lovely of you to collect them and to present them in such a beautiful format. You never cease to amaze and delight me!!!

    Warmly,
    Brenda
    http://www.brendastrausz.blogspot.com last post: Lessons Learned from Living

  • Farnoosh August 10, 2010, 8:10 pm

    Fantastic and brilliant collection of your favorites which are no doubt the favorites of all of us reading these now. Tess, thank you for doing this. I loved Elizabeth Gilbert’s book. I loved that book through and through and did a deeply personal review on the blog for it. She touched me deeply too….And the Artist’s Way is a book I have heard very much about. Thank you SO MUCH for making my night with these beautiful writings…they went so well with Bach playing in the background and sleep on the horizon. 🙂
    .-= Farnoosh´s last post…10 Smart Questions to Ask before Choosing your Next Language =-.

  • Joy August 10, 2010, 9:31 pm

    Oh man Tess…you know that question, what guests would you like to have at your table for dinner..when I saw the title of your post I thought *that* would be some dinner party!!!
    The work of each of these women has changed my life…I read Eat, Pray, Love over and over each time taking away something new…my “bible” at the time..”The Artist’s Way” has been instrumental in my latest transformation..I still write my morning pages every day, take myself on Artist’s Dates, and allow my creativity to blossom on all levels…and Anne Lamott..what a phenomenal insightful writer! I’d gladly host the four of you at my table..and enjoy every second of it!!!
    This summer I’ve been absorbed in the “Conversations with God” series..I read a chapter of Oriah’s “The Invitation” every day for inspiration–her book expands upon the poem and keeps my vibration level quite high, my dreams ever growing..and my son and I read a book together which wasn’t my genre but I absolutely loved “Inkheart”..
    And I second Lori..I will also buy and highlight the heck out of your books..LOL my daughter is still most infatuated with the famous author who blessed our boat with her presence..she was paging through your workbook the other day…she loves that she “knows” you:)
    .-= Joy´s last post…Wednesday Wisdom- Abundant Joy…An Interview with a Mentor… =-.

  • gina August 10, 2010, 10:46 pm

    Wonderful line up!
    Anne Lamott is a favorite (just finished Traveling Mercies) and Julia Cameron has kept me knowing I can create for many years!
    I’m going through my books now to find Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird for a re-read.
    So glad to have found your delicious blog (a twitter RT came my way).
    Aloha~

  • Wilma Ham August 10, 2010, 11:28 pm

    Hi Tess,
    I know two out of three authors and yes books are absolutely precious. It is amazing how some people can put thoughts into words like that.
    I am reading and re-reading Love without End which is an amazing story and a book for Simon Hay as Jesus explains the situation with Judas very beautifully. I am also reading Machaelle Small Wright’s books to pieces about co-creating with nature Intelligences. They are knocking me off my perch big time, there is so much we are unaware of and if we are there is so much more possible in our lives.
    Then there is the Ringing Cedar Series and when I am reading these, I keep getting overwhelmed about possibilities how we can live a different life that is so free from fear, hard work and struggle. The images in those series are wonderful and make so much sense.
    And then there is the biology of belief by Bruce Lipton which is making me understand why change is so difficult and what an amazing intelligence our own body has.
    There are more beside my bed but these I read over and over again and are my hope for the best future ever.
    And I do agree, there is Tess’ book as well, which I loved because of its honesty and her courage.
    I stop now and will chase down Ann Lamott. xox Wilma

  • Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord August 11, 2010, 4:43 am

    What a great selection of inspirational quotes! Two that stood out:
    1. Doing uncomfortable stuff is like weight training for our life.
    (LOVE that!)
    2. “To be fully seen by somebody…and be loved anyhow – this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.” This reminds me of Evita’s interview with Simon where he talked about Jesus’s ability to see into us and love us to our core.

    Brilliant!
    .-= Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord´s last post…New Web Site =-.

  • Tammy August 11, 2010, 7:42 am

    Thanks Tess. This was an interesting post. I’ve read all three of the books and will admit to loving Bird by Bird with my whole heart. It is always next to me together with a rhyming dictionary and good cookbooks. Thanks for making me remember why I enjoyed it so much.

  • suzen August 11, 2010, 10:53 am

    Hi Tess! Fabulous choices! Love them all dearly! I have those books and everything they’ve written! I also love Natalie Goldberg.

    This summer I’m eye-ball deep in nutrition/health books both for school and research. I’ll be blabbing on blog about all of it eventually! 🙂
    hugs
    suZen

  • Theresa Bradley-Banta August 11, 2010, 6:34 pm

    Hi Tess,
    Oh, I love this! New books to read! And, I just made this declaration: “I’m going to take the rest of the summer off from all events and appearances. I’ll see everyone in the fall or at the holidays.”
    [My really big statement that the rest of the summer is mine, all mine!]
    and now… I know what I’m going to read, and read and read. Thanks for the recommendations.
    Hope you enjoy the last weeks of summer.
    Theresa
    .-= Theresa Bradley-Banta´s last post…8 Secrets To Delegating Tasks and Empowering Your Team =-.

  • Walter August 11, 2010, 6:40 pm

    One of the big reason I love reading novels is that I learn some wisdom from great minds that I would not have learned from myself alone. It makes me think deep inside who I really am and what is my essence in this life. Thanks for sharing these soul touching quotes. 🙂

  • Marion August 12, 2010, 2:57 am

    Hello Tess
    I have popped over from your guest post. Wow what a great place and as for those penguins 🙂
    I love the Artists way but would not have thought about the Elizabeth Gilbert book until I read the quotes. I think this could be my new purchase. Thank you for sharing this.
    You have a new reader!
    .-= Marion´s last post…What is Reality =-.

  • Tess The Bold Life August 12, 2010, 10:13 am

    E.
    Yes do, do read the other 2 books. What a surprise and adventure you have to look forward too! Let me know how you like them and what impact the authors have on you.

    Lori,
    You are funny. I think I’ll get to writing then. I need to block out a couple of hrs a day. That’s the only way I’ll do it. And I want to do it! So thanks for inspiring me to get started! Yes I’ll need you to purchase the books Lori!

    Caroline,
    Yes do reread some of Anne L. she never fails to get me grinning and laughing. I wish we could see Julia’s movie together. xo

    Peggy,
    Yeah me too. Why aren’t I writing something like that is right! Hey all that you do inspires me I think you are too busy living to write and there’s nothing wrong with that!

    Sandra,
    I’ve not heard of that first book. I’m checking it out and thanks for taking the time to read and enjoy the quotes. My job is to inspire you!

    Rob,
    You always share such wisdom! I’m looking forward to posting our interview next week. Thank you.

    Preeti,
    It turned out pretty good this idea, I was away for 4 days and needed to come up with something fun and quick!

    Suzi,
    Oh I would reread my copy but I gave it away! My daughters are always after my books. And good for you…Julia will inspire you forever. She has a way of making a lasting mark.

    Lance,
    OMG two of my favorite books. I sure hope you write about the impact they made, cuz I know they did!

    Angela,
    Isn’t life grand? I remember in the movie On Golden Pond, Henri Fonda saying the best thing about growing old and forgetting is you get to reread all the books and enjoy them again.

    Tony,
    I’d send my copy over but I gave that away as well! Now take your wife to the movie when it comes out!

    Brenda,
    You bring me joy each time I see a comment from you! Thank you.

    Farnoosh,
    Now you’re inspiring me to try new music. I was never a fan of classical, maybe because I don’t understand it. It’s weird admitting that!

    Joy,
    Thanks for all of the affirmations! And let me know when dinner is and what I can bring for dessert! Oh wouldn’t that be fun! Love the idea. Hey why not us wonderful bloggers meeting for dinner. Then we can put a video of our brilliant conversation on youtube!

    Wilma,
    I’m going to the library today. I’ll need a cart to push the books to my car. LOL Maybe I should break down and get a Kindle. Thanks for those book ideas. I’ll let you know how fabulous I find them. xo

    Megan,
    Can we ever get enough of that Simon?!?!?!?

    Tammy,
    Isn’t life grand?

    Theresa,
    You are wise giving yourself time to enjoy books and summer. A gift you’ll never regret. But you know that don’t you?

    Walter,
    What you say comes through loud and clear on your blog!

    Marion,
    Quick get the book before the movie, it comes out on Friday. You’ll love it!

    Suzen,
    I forgot about Natalie Goldberg. Would love to take workshops from these ladies. Looking forward to hearing all about your new direction.

  • Karl Staib - Work Happy Now August 12, 2010, 10:20 am

    I like Elizabeth Gilbert’s view on accepting a wide range of non-congruent perspectives. We need to be able to appreciate a wide range of opinions, even within ourselves. If we can’t we become to small minded and hateful.

    With that being said I appreciate Rumi’s point of view. We need focus to get anything done. Try to work on 10 projects in one month and watch nothing get done. We need to focus on what is important, so we can accomplish great work.

    Both sides are valid, we just need to know when to choose which perspective. That’s the beauty of an expansive mind.

  • Stacey Shipman August 12, 2010, 11:07 am

    I read all three several years ago and in their own way impacted my life in positive ways. Reading your quotes from Anne Lamott, though, makes me want to pick that one up again as I constantly work to improve my writing. This summer I took a break from business or soul searching books – I’m into novels, and I haven’t read a novel in years. Feels good, though to get lost in that for a bit. Hope you are having a good summer!
    .-= Stacey Shipman´s last post…Feel Good Living at 5200 Feet =-.

  • Nicone August 12, 2010, 11:18 am

    I totally loved “The artist’s way” and I followed the program in it a few years back. Nice reminder to look it up and spend some time on it again. Thanks Tess!

    Have you read “The Spirit of your Home” by Jane Alexander? I bet you’d love it. Check out the review over on my site if you like.
    .-= Nicone´s last post…A postcard from our Dynamic holiday in Denmark =-.

  • Belinda Munoz + The Halfway Point August 12, 2010, 11:47 am

    Hi Tess, I love these three authors but I have not yet read Bird by Bird. Though I am a big fan of Anne Lamott, and she’s local, I’m not sure how this book got past me. (I will pick it up! Problem solved.)

    I read Eat Pray Love when it first came out and pretty much read it in a day. With a big box of Kleenex. I love how, at her most depressed state, she chose to take care of herself. So many of us think what hse did was luxurious; and maybe it is, but there are ways to travel cheaply and when you think about the reason for doing it, to take care of yourself, I’d say that’s totally justified. And I just love that line: Only love remains. Because it’s true. We may get disillusioned; we may fall out of love. But love remains whether or not we want any part of it.

    I’m re-reading The Artist’s Way for the exercises. I find myself reaching for one of her books when I’m feeling the need for creative inspiration. I appreciate her way of guiding. It’s open and inviting without a “this is the way” tone.

  • Tess The Bold Life August 12, 2010, 4:28 pm

    Karl,
    Yes the beauty is in an expansive mind. And you know I need to focus!!!

    Stacey,
    Have you read “The Help?” Simply amazing.

    Nicone,
    No I haven’t heard of that book but I’m going to check it out. Thanks for the suggestion. I’m always open to a great book.

    Belinda,
    Oh yes look where taking care of herself led her!! It’s crazy when I look at it that way. What an example for all of us.

  • Patricia August 12, 2010, 9:15 pm

    I only had time to read one blog tonight…so I came here and was filled up with good words… Thank you

    Hubby was jogging this morning and fell and took the skin off face and elbows and hands…lots of stitches in both knees….He is asleep now…and I am exhausted…he is taking two days of vacation this year…tomorrow and Monday to hike the mountains with his daughters…now no hiking…sleep is a good vacation sometimes too..

    Thank you for your great comments on my post today…I just loved that CD and thinking about joyously healing..

  • Jannie Funster August 13, 2010, 6:09 pm

    Um, such yummy hearty quote meals — thank you, dear Tess!

  • Jannie Funster August 13, 2010, 6:12 pm

    Whoops, I did not mean to post it that fast — I still had more to say. Like…

    this… “So stop looking for answers in the world. Just keep coming back to that center and you’ll always find peace.”

    and this…

    “never to ask whether you can do something. Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seat belt. The most remarkable things follow.”

    are super-awesome quotes!!

    the latter one the story of my creative quest these day!!

    With Love,
    me
    xoxo
    .-= Jannie Funster´s last post…Song Baby a flash 55 poem =-.

  • Sharmila August 13, 2010, 9:16 pm

    Hi Tess,
    I love Julia Cameron, I appreciate her grounding principles and also how she helps us to stretch and find our wings.

    I have not heard of Anne Lamott but I like what she shared also.

    If I had to choose my absolute favorites here they are:
    “Someone has to write all those stories: why not me?”
    “You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own blessings.” ~Elizabeth Gilbert
    “Becoming a writer is about becoming conscious.
    “It’s good to do uncomfortable things. It’s weight training for life.” -Anne Lamott
    “Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise.” -Julia Cameron

    I am looking forward to watching Eat, Pray, Love this weekend.
    hugs, thank you for this power-punching post! I loved it!

    Sharmila
    .-= Sharmila´s last post…Looking at My Summer Goals- I Better Frittata It Up! =-.

  • Andy August 14, 2010, 2:15 am

    I’ve always been a big reader, but lately I can’t find much time to read. I love it how you read something and imagine how the people and places described in the book look like. It’s like you build a whole new world in your head through your imagination.

    I haven’t read any of these books but they seem interesting to me. I especially like the last ones quote about growth, because it’s true and it applies to me.
    .-= Andy´s last post…MALIE 7 Zonen Kaltschaummatratze im Test =-.

  • Emily August 14, 2010, 7:47 am

    Hey, Tess, I haven’t been here for a while and wanted to tell you that I love the “new” look of your blog!

    I have Anne Lamott’s book as well and found it very encouraging.
    .-= Emily´s last post…Career Success Without A Real Job- Part 3 =-.

  • Robin Easton August 14, 2010, 8:16 am

    Dearest Tess, this is amazing! I rarely read, which is so funny considering I am a writer, but I usually go outside when I’m not working. Regardless…..I LOVED this. It made me want to read some of these, especially Eat Pay Love. When I read these lines tears came to my eyes and it is a “Love” that I know well and one I first discovered in the rainforest and has been with me ever since:

    “I’m here. I love you. I don’t care if you need to stay up crying all night long. I will stay with you….. There’s nothing you can ever do to lose my love. I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you. I am stronger than Depression and Braver than Loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me.”

    After I experienced this In the forest I was able to start to give this tender love to myself. Now, at 56, I give it to myself often. And I am so blessed to live with a man who also gives this to me, even to staying up through the night with me, if needs be. He is a friend beyond compare. I too would do this for him. Once we know this profoundly compassionate love, we never forget it.

    Thank you for sharing this dear Tess. It took a lot of work to post all these quotes. You are soooooo amazing. And it seems to me that you picked that parts that REALLY matter, the parts that, even in this post, change people’s lives. Beautiful job, Tess. Much love to you dear friend. I’ve missed you and being here. Love, Robin

  • Kristie Ryan August 14, 2010, 11:36 am

    Hi Tess,

    I finished “Eat, Pray, Love” about two days ago and absolutely loved it. It is such a great story of a spiritual journey and I found it very inspiring. I grew to love the character (or author) and could really relate to her desire to become strong in her own self. Loved, Loved, Loved it!

    I also wrote down some of my favorite quotes while reading the book. Some of the same ones you have here. There were so many bits of wisdom in it. I didn’t even know what an ashram was before I read it and now I want to go to one! haha.

    Thanks for sharing these great excerpts 🙂
    Kristie

  • Patty - Why Not Start Now? August 14, 2010, 1:39 pm

    Hi Tess,

    It’s very serendipitous for me that you chose these three books, because they made such an impact that I can tell you exactly where I was when I first read them:

    Artist’s Way, Summer 1997, on a beach in Sea Ranch, Northern California. Toes dug into the sand, I read it in one sitting and all I could think was, “Why haven’t I heard of this before now?” I was mesmerized, and as soon as I got home I gathered up a group of friends and we did the 12-week program together. And the book itself was a beacon for me when I was writing my master’s thesis on creativity and counseling, something I could come back to again and again after reading stacks of dry journal articles.

    Eat, Pray, Love, Spring 1997, huddled in a small cabin in Sonoma County, during a rainstorm. Finished in a weekend. My clients had been telling me about it, and many seemed a little put out that they couldn’t do what Gilbert did. “Yeah, I could change my life too if someone would pay me to take a year off,” they said. I could hear a boatload of projections in their responses. I experienced the book very differently. Clearly Gilbert had paid her writing dues, she deserved the advance she got, and her writing about the depths of her depression and transformation out of it was so authentic that it touched my core. My copy is dog-eared and underlined; one of my favorite quotes: “Time – when pursued like a bandit – will behave like one…You have to admit that you can’t catch it. That you’re not supposed to catch it.” I’m still working on that one.

    Bird by Bird, the end of 2008, my bedroom in Sacramento. I asked myself what would be important when I got old and looked back at my life. I wrote down three words: “write, write, write.” To have written. I longed for a writing practice. I didn’t have one. Lamott showed me a way through. A month later I started writing my blog, and haven’t looked back. I found the original note recently. I smiled.

    Thanks for reminding me of all these touchstones. This summer I’m reading and working through “Life, Paint, Passion” by Cassou and Cubley, and “The Creative Connection” by Natalie Rogers. I suspect they too will become touchstones for me.
    .-= Patty – Why Not Start Now?´s last post…Meaning Mondays- Life As Collage =-.

  • Zeenat{Positive Provocations} August 14, 2010, 4:04 pm

    HI Tess,
    Such brilliant writing..and so awesome of you to highlight your favorites! I love each and every quote you chose, cause simply each touches a different chord.
    I have read eat, pray love…have yet to read the other two. You have just enticed me to get them over the weekend 🙂
    Thank you fro always stirring me in the right direction. You are love and wisdom personified!
    Lots of love,
    Z~
    .-= Zeenat{Positive Provocations}´s last post…What is in Your Happiness Checklist =-.

  • Tony @ Android August 14, 2010, 5:57 pm

    Nice girl in the pictures. Julia Cameron, any similar with James Cameron ?
    .-= Tony @ Android´s last post…Verizon has released the Samsung Gusto- with two display =-.

  • Terri August 14, 2010, 9:05 pm

    Hi Tess
    Just popped over to your blog after reading your great guest post on Virgin Blogger Notes which I loved. I see we are on the same wavelength in a number of ways! I love Anne Lamott and have been writing about her thoughts in Bird by Bird in my last two posts. I love Julia Cameron and The Artist’s Way. I have heard a lot about Eat, Pray, Love and clearly need to put it at the top of my reading list – thanks for the inspiring words,
    Terri
    .-= Terri´s last post…I contain multitudes =-.

  • Davina August 15, 2010, 10:46 am

    Tess, I have yet to read Eat, Pray, Love, but now that the movie is out I will be able to satisfy my curiosity about the story. I loved the line “You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day.” So often I’ve found myself getting into a ‘mood’ and not long after I realize it’s because my thoughts had taken a nosedive. We really can learn to select our thoughts and it CAN be easy if we just let go of expectations and having to be right.

    I love Julia Cameron, too, having read The Artist’s Way. Another one of her books I would recommend is The Right to Write.

  • Sue August 15, 2010, 8:35 pm

    Hi Tess,

    Thanks for putting together these quotes from three fabulous authors. I haven’t read much of Anne Lamott, but I have read Elizabeth Glibert’s ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ and Julia Cameron’s “The Right to Write” and “Finding Water. The Art of Perseverance”. Sifting through three books to find such compelling quotes is quite the labour of love. I think the two that really stand out for me are Elizabeth Gilbert’s quotes on unconditional love (To be fully seen and loved anyhow) and choosing our thoughts every day. I also really like the quote by Anne Lamott about how writing and becoming conscious.

    Best wishes for many inspired thought and inspiring posts.

    Sue

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