Newburyport, MA (PRWEB) March 24, 2006
There are no mistakes – there are only choices. That is the simple premise of There Are No Mistakes (Conari Press, April 2006), which Eleanor Wiley has learned in 25 years of sobriety as a meditator, an artist, and a teacher.
This astoundingly candid and simple book is illustrated with personal stories from the author and people she has encountered on her path, along with specific and simple exercises to do at the end of each chapter.
“For many years I tried to make my life conform to a lot of shoulds. Not until I got into recovery through Alcoholics Anonymous did I realize just how many shoulds I had been trying to follow. Along my own travels, first through the Twelve Steps and now through my teaching around the world, I have come across many people who walk through the world in comfort. Their lives aren’t easy, they have just accepted them and approach them with a certain grace and ease. As I thought about what they had in common, I identified eleven attributes,” writes Eleanor Wiley.
The eleven attributes Wiley found through her journeys for readers to cultivate, include: 1) know where you came from; 2) know your story; 3) accept yourself; 4) own your pain, hurt, and vulnerability; 5) laugh at yourself; 6) find community; 7) take care of yourself; 8) give yourself permission to change your mind; 9) be willing to fall apart and put yourself back together again; 10) create a tool box; and 11) go with the flow.
Wiley acknowledges that you may not be perfect, may not be happy all of the time, may not be rich or amazingly enlightened, but you will be okay. And, the thing about okay is that it’s really about acceptance and moving through the world with a sense of grace and ease.
At all bookstore events for There Are No Mistakes, Eleanor Wiley will host a bead meditation that incorporates the eleven attributes she introduces in the book. All attendees will be sent home with their own personal bead strand. For more information on her event schedule, please visit: http://www.conari.com or http://www.prayerbdzs.com.
Eleanor Wiley is a former speech pathologist and gerontologist who began her prayer bead practice at age fifty-eight. She teaches workshops on making prayer beads as a spiritual practice all over the world—her pieces have been worn by Ram Dass and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She is the author of A String and a Prayer (Red Wheel, 2002). Her own spiritual practice includes beading, sitting meditation with both Christian and Buddhist communities, and practicing yoga and the Twelve Steps. Wiley’s prayer beads are available through her website: http://www.prayerbdzs.com. She resides in Alameda, California.
There Are No Mistakes by Eleanor Wiley; Published by Conari Press; Publication date: April, 2006; Price: $17.95; ISBN 1-57324-262-4; Hardcover; Category: Self-help/Recovery; Available soon at bookstores everywhere or through the publisher at (800) 423-7087 or online at http://www.conari.com.
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