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The highly-acclaimed author of Writing Down the Bones (a book that changed the way writing is taught in this country) returns with ever more grace and honesty, reflecting on what is takes to have a long writing life and a lifelong Zen practice. Drawing her years of writing, teaching, and studying Zen, Natalie Goldberg strings together anecdotes that have opened her to new ways of being alive—experiences that point the way forward in living and in writing.
The "great spring" of her book's title refers to the great rush of energy that arrives when we think no life will ever come again—like the early yellow flowering forsythia. It also refers to enlightenment: obstructions shatter, pain cracks open, previously resisted truth releases, an acceptance of life's transiency flows through. We watch as Goldberg humbly "makes positive effort for the good"—one of the guiding rules of her writing life—and we see that if we can stay attentive in our lives, even in the middle of the ruins, "we can hear the sound of a songbird in a paris chestnut tree." From the Midwest to Japan, New York to the French countryside, Goldberg intensely and heart-wrenchingly examines loss, grief, confusion, and weariness—those very moments rebirth seems impossible, yet always inevitably arrives.
“Natalie Goldberg is one of the world’s most beloved writing teachers, a mentor who has inspired millions to take up the pen and write. Here, in The Great Spring, a collection of her best short essays on food, family, writing, painting, meditation, travel, love, loss, death and enlightenment, she follows her own sage counsel, writing her way toward an understanding of what it is to be fully alive.” —Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being