The Great Spring: Writing, Zen, and This Zigzag Life (Paperback)

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I'll admit I'm a longtime fan of Natalie Goldberg's work. Writing Down the Bones has informed my work as a writer for decades, and her book The Great Failure is a model of how to tell a difficult truth about a respected figure with grace and honesty. But I feel secure saying that if you've never read her before, you will find The Great Spring a generous invitation into Goldberg's creative life, her spiritual path, and her take on life. Rather than recommending a book, I feel like I'm introducing you to a dear friend. Enjoy.

— From Dana


From beloved writing teacher and author of the best-selling Writing Down the Bones a treasury of personal stories reflecting a life filled with journeys--inner and outer--zigzagging around the world and home again.

Here, Natalie Goldberg, "a writer both energized and enlightened" (Julia Cameron), shares those vivid moments that have wakened her to new ways of being. We follow alongside her mapless meanderings in the New Mexican desert and her pilgrimages to Bob Dylan's birthplace and to Larry McMurtry's dusty Texas ghost town of rare books. We feel her deep hunger while she sits zazen in a monastery in Japan, and her profound loss when she hears of the passing of a dear friend while teaching in the French countryside.

Through it all, she remains grounded in a life informed by two constants: the practices of writing and of Zen. With humor and insight, Natalie encircles around the essential questions these paths compel her toward: Where does this life lead? Who are we?

This is a book to be relished one awakening at a time. Each story is a reminder that no matter how hard the situation or desolate you may feel, spring will come again, breaking through a cold winter, bringing early yellow forsythia flowers. And the Great Spring of enlightenment--that sudden rush of acceptance, pain cracking open, obstructions shattering--will also burst forth.

About the Author

NATALIE GOLDBERG is the author of fourteen books, including Writing 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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781611804072
ISBN-10: 1611804078
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: February 14th, 2017
Pages: 224
Language: English