One year ago this month, the book I labored over for so long, Your Truest Self, was finally birthed.
midwifing myself, rather than a book. The writing of it took nearly 5 years. It pushed all my buttons, bringing with it the highest emotional highs and the lowest lows I've ever known. I drowned in self-doubt and flew to the heights with newfound confidence. In spite of all of this, I labored in love. And then there was birth ...
I adore this book and I would like to celebrate it's birthday with your help—and celebrate ALL of us who are embracing our truest selves. As you may know I define "our truest self" as:
A woman who is innately peaceful, confident, and courageous;
generous, joyous, and openhearted.
The key here is "innately," meaning—these virtues of the Spirit are our essence, our true nature, and it is only an illusion or cultural fabrication that they are not. We are made of Spirit and stardust, with a divine origin and destiny. The journey into our truest selves is the journey of a lifetime. It is about embracing ourselves as holy, whole and sacred, once and for all.
So let's celebrate that we are on this path—together!
~ There will be book giveaways, plenty of copies of Your Truest Self, courtesy of my publisher, Sorin Books. (Thank you!) I will be giving away two copies each week!
~ Special guests. Two of the "holy women" featured in the book will be with us, giving away gifts of their own.
On October 12, Mari Gayatri Stein will visit.
Mari is a whimsical artist and yoga/meditation teacher from Oregon and the author of The Buddha Smiles. The "Truth" she represents is: "I Open My Heart to Others and Celebrate Our Oneness."
On October 19, Dudley Evenson will be here. Dudley is a musician and co-founder, with her husband, Dean Evenson, of Soundings of the Planet, a record label dedicated to promoting peace and healing through music. The Truth she represents is: "I Engage in Daily Practices That Nurture My Spirit."
There will be more surprises, too, so stay tuned!
For now, I invite you to ponder this:
Which of the "Twelve Transformational Truths" presented in the book challenges you right now?
Your answers will help me craft helpful posts for the next month.
The Twelve Transformational Truths in Your Truest Self
- I Am Free to Live a Spiritual Life of My Own Making
- I Trust My Body's Divine Connection
- I Choose Thoughts and Feelings That Honor My Sacred Self
- I Engage in Daily Spiritual Practices That Nurture My Spirit
- I Cultivate Compassion for Myself
- I Experience the Divine in Everything and Everyone
- I Know Divine Assistance is Available to Me at All Times
- I Acknowledge that Difficult Times Bring Healing and Deeper Wisdom
- I Can Create My Life Anew Each Day
- I Trust the Divine Timing of My Own Unfolding
- I Courageously Live and Speak My Truths
- I Open My Heart and Celebrate Our Oneness
I am eager to hear your thoughts ....
And one more thing. If you haven't done so already, please read my post of October 3 and consider putting your voice in the circle by choosing a new name for yourself. You can read how to do this here.
This "circle member list" is in place of a Blog Roll, so readers can click back to your site to learn more about you! Thank you.
May each of us give birth to our truest self! Happy birthday!
"Pregnant Women" painting by Steve Gribben.
Don't you just love this?!