We all yearn to have time for personal needs and creative dreams -- after all, this is our life to make the most of. And we all know how hard it is to remember what really matters. With distractions from jobs, aging parents, and children -- not to mention women's perennial fear of being labeled “selfish” -- following our own desires and dreams can become ever more elusive. The Life Organizer aims to help you shift your focus, augmenting traditional goal setting with the ease that comes from steady inner listening and mindfulness. It will become your trusted companion -- and maybe the most important book you'll ever own.
The book's author Jennifer Louden is a personal growth pioneer who helped launch the self-care movement. She is widely known as The Comfort Queen thanks to her first bestselling book The Woman's Comfort Book, has been interviewed by Oprah, and has written a total of 6 books on well-being and whole living that have inspired women all over the world. She believes self-love + world-love = wholeness for all. You can visit her online at http://www.jenniferlouden.com.
An Excerpt from The Life Organizer:
“Being ordinary and being nobody aren’t the same thing,” my friend says to me when I try to explain my struggle over needing to feel special.
My friend Mary writes a story about a woman whose husband has passed away and whose daughters are begging her to get busy. “You need to do things, Mom,” one daughter insists. But she doesn’t understand. Can’t they see how busy she is? Someone has to watch the apples bud on the old tree. Someone has to notice the peach-colored light as it travels across the oak ﬂoor. Someone has to walk outside in the early-morning dew and taste one blueberry to see if its moment of precise, ﬁrm sweetness has arrived.
In his acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in Literature, Pablo Neruda said, “I have often maintained that the best poet is he who prepares our daily bread: the nearest baker who does not imagine himself to be a god. He does his majestic and unpretentious work of kneading the dough, consigning it to the oven, baking it in golden colors and handing us our daily bread as a duty of fellowship. And, if the poet succeeds in achieving this simple consciousness, this too will be transformed into an element in an immense activity.”
If you want to write the poem that sears itself on the heart or open a bakery whose goods make the taste buds sprout wings or give birth to a movement, and you do these things to prove that you are special, no matter what you accomplish, it will never be enough. Those accomplishments will fall through your ﬁngers like air, even as they nourish the rest of us.
If you want to write the book or open the bakery or birth the movement because you are drawn to do these things through your desire to make love to life, then your hands will be brimming and you will be nourished. And by nourishing yourself in this way, you will be a light in the world.
[Excerpted from the new paperback edition of The Life Organizer: A Woman’s Guide to a Mindful Year © 2013 by Jennifer Louden. Printed with permission of New World Library, Novato, CA. www.newworldlibrary.com]
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