Need some Big Magic in your life?!?!
"It's not about what you're doing, it's about how you're feeling while you're doing it." Elizabeth Gilbert
Last week, I was lucky enough to see Liz Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love, speak in person. Liz is on tour for her new book, Big Magic, her manifesto on living a creative life - so you know I had to be there!
As I've written before, Eat Pray Love was the catalyst for me changing the course of my life from sick, miserable married lawyer to the happy, healthy actor and entrepreneur I am today. That book came to me at the perfect time in my life.
Just as Big Magic has today. With section titles like "Fear is Boring", "Choose What to Trust" and "Lighten Up", this book is a guide to living a creative life beyond fear.
And not only beyond fear, but with childlike joy and wonder. In one of my favorite passages, Liz lays out the choice facing all creatives: Trickster or Martyr? (and by the way, you are a creative just by being born - no need to be a professional artist, musician or actor for that to be true). CLICK TO TWEET
"Martyr energy is dark, solemn, macho, hierarchical, fundamentalist, austere, unforgiving, and profoundly rigid.
Trickster energy is light, sly, transgender, transgressive, animist, seditious, primal, and endlessly shape-shifting...
The trickster is obviously a charming and subversive figure, But for me, the most wonderful thing about a good trickster is that he trusts...He trusts himself obviously. He trusts his own cunning, his own right to be here, his own ability to land on his feet in any situation...But mostly, the trickster trusts the universe. He trusts in its chaotic, lawless, ever-fascinating ways - and for this reason, he does not suffer from undue anxiety. He trusts that the universe is in constant play and, specifically, that it wants to play with him."
Did you get chills reading that? I know I did! I also got chills at the talk, as I was blessed to actually meet Liz.
And it gets even better. Next spring, her publisher is putting out an anthology called "Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It", a collection of essays from people whose lives were changed by the book...
...and my essay was chosen!!! It was so exciting to hand Liz a copy of my essay and a letter offering her Shift Bars samples when we launch (you know I never pass up a chance for some shameless self-promotion)!
She ended the evening by reading a poem entitled "Advice to Myself" by Louise Erdrich. It truly touched my heart and I hope it does the same for you.
[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWabkAW8D0E&feature=youtu.be[/embed] Time to put Liz and Louise's advice into action! What's one thing you're going to give up in order to have more time and energy to create Big Magic in your life? Share your answer on our Facebook page. I can't wait to see what you'll create!!!
You're the real magic, Emily
You're the real magic, Emily