What's this book about, anyway?
Next Steps (the End)
It's been over a month since my last post. Reason being, instead of writing about the book, I was actually writing the book. And the very good news is that – amazingly – this thing looks like maybe it's almost done.
Which begs the question: what's this book about, anyway?
Shambhala Decides (Part 3)
Finally I got the email from Shambhala. Put simply, they weren't psyched. The way we'd framed the book was too political. And Shambhala doesn't publish political books - like, ever.
The Luncheon (Part 2)
So. These two book proposals. As you'll remember, I submitted a proposal, went to a luncheon, got some feedback from an editor, and then split the proposal into two - one that I loved, one that was just kind of . . . meh.
Problem being: I was just about certain Shambhala, being a wise and reputable publisher, would choose the second.
This Book Thing (Part 1 in the Book Chronicles)
A couple weeks later I was on a plane to Colorado for my first ever very official publishing luncheon. Just to make things interesting, this grand little adventure was unfolding in the midst of a big teaching/learning tour, in which Devon and I were in the midst of flying around all over the place.
It's been quite a while since my last blog post. Reason being: Devon and I are writing a book. And writing a book actually takes a lot of writing. And so I haven’t had much headspace to also write these little missives.
But yesterday we handed in our mess of a manuscript to our wonderful editor at Shambhala Publications. And now she'll be making sense of it all for the next couple of weeks. Which means I suddenly I have a little more time on my hands. And so I thought I'd catch you all up on this whole book writing thing.
Yesterday at sunset I went walking on the beach next to my house. It was a lovely evening, the sun dropping beneath a phalanx of red-tipped clouds, waves crashing - and right there in the middle of it all, a couple was getting married.
Let's talk doubts (re: compassion)
In my last post I got started on the top three doubts that come up during compassion meditation. Then I spent all my words on just the first one (I'll get flooded) and never got to the next two (helps nobody but me and don't have time). So in the spirit of continuity, let's tackle these last two:
Let's talk doubts. In particular, let's talk about the doubts that usually come up for folks when they start doing these compassion practices. Here's the top three, as far as I've heard so far: