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The Great Spring

Writing, Zen, and This Zigzag Life
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
February, 2017
ISBN:
9781611804072
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What does it take to have a long writing life? Drawing anecdotally on her years of writing, teaching, and practicing Zen, Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones, shares the experiences that have opened her to new ways of being alive—experiences that point the way forward in our lives and our writing.

The “great spring” of this book title refers to the great rush of energy that arrives when you think no life will ever come again—the early yellow flowering forsythia, for example. It also refers to enlightenment: obstructions shatter, pain cracks open, previously resisted truth releases, an acceptance of transiency flows through. Natalie Goldberg shares the moments that have sprung from her own life of writing, teaching, and Zen practice—moments of searching, wandering, zigzagging, losing, and leaping where she has found herself and her voice. In these pages, we watch as Natalie “makes positive effort for the good” one of the guiding rules of her writing life—and we see that if we can stay attentive in our lives, even in the middle of the ruins, “we can hear the sound of a songbird in a Paris chestnut tree. Whether we know if the song comes from inside us or out doesn’t matter.”

You’ll be enthralled, from the first page to the last. Vivid, lucid storytelling!

Thirteen of the 22 essays in the Great Spring have been previously published (often in a different form). Those publications include Yoga Journal, Shambhala Sun, and Creative Nonfiction.

“Natalie Goldberg is one of the world’s most beloved writing teachers, a mentor who has inspired millions to take up the pen and write. Here, in The Great Spring, a collection of her best short essays on food, family, writing, painting, meditation, travel, love, loss, death, and enlightenment, she follows her own sage counsel, writing her way toward an understanding of what it is to be fully alive.” —Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being

Publisher’s Description: 

NATALIE GOLDBERG is the author of fourteen books, includingWriting Down the Bones, which has changed the way writing is taught in this country. She teaches retreats nationally and internationally. She lives in New Mexico.

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