A few weeks ago, Susannah got me to pick up a copy of Martha Beck's latest book. I will admit that she had to twist my arm a bit and when I first dug into it, I really didn't like it. (Full disclosure: I actually tossed it across the room, annoyed that I had been talked into buying something that was so not me).
And then? One morning when I was out of readily available reading material, I picked it up a second time and opened randomly to the middle and bam, was hooked. I know-- there's a lesson in here somewhere-- most assuredly the curriculum would focus on key emotional development such as "patience" and "how to keep an open mind"--
I am nothing if not fussy when it comes to what I read-- some people are picky eaters, I am a picky reader.
(Is that a childish stance I should work to overcome-- um, sure-- let me put that on the list-- wow, look at that-- it comes in at #387 on priorities for personal self-improvement. I'll be tackling that shortly, no doubt).
That being said, I have since read Finding Your Way in a Wild New World twice now and I like it. In fact, I have been practicing this "wordlessness" thing she talks about which suits my dreamy head space quite nicely.
The only problem comes in when I have to wrench myself out of said non-verbal state and communicate to others with those annoying letter clusters known as nouns, verbs, prepositions-- you know, words. (NOTE: when the book comes out explaining how we can all communicate telepathically do clue me in because that is the how-to book I have been waiting for!)
One of the ways that Martha describes tapping into wordlessness is shifting into your right brain. Well hey now-- no wonder I like this stuff. This is at the heart ALL the squam blah-blah: slip into your creativity, let go of the adult worries and stresses of daily life for four days, play with paint, doodle with embroidery, get your body shifting and grooving to a finer beat--- draw from the visual, non-verbal space and watch what shows up.
But you know what part I love most about her explanation of wordlessness-- that it is "like logging on to some sort of Energy Internet, a connection that gives you access not only to your own entire intelligence, but to something much bigger."
Well alrighty then-- now she's speaking my language!
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