Ang Lee: The synopsis is almost done!

Has anyone felt the lightness of accomplishment only to be weighed down by that one last thing to do?

It took me twenty years of “I wish I could write this book” to get to the messy and beautiful task of actually doing it.  “Inside the River” is done.

I am not alone in finding the synopsis, that needed summary of the book, difficult and procrastination worthy.  I have procrastinated and fought it with eyes wide open. I think I’ve done it because I fought against the fact that the summary of my work is not my work.  It’s the tastiest flavor of my book, but it’s not all the flavors.  Just like when we meet someone, start a new venture, say hello to a blind date — we cannot expect that first impression to be the full sphere of a person, idea, finished product.  But what if this glance is the only glance you get? What would  you put inside it, what would be expendable, what would stand under the spotlight?

What if you had to write the summary of your life, in about 3,000 words (double-spaced or single-spaced I am still figuring that out).  Would the joy or the sadness or the healed pain be the thread?  Would other people overpower your own story?  Would the silence and lonely times knot the thread?  Would the past inform or keep you stuck?  Would your words scream of fear or sing about love?  What flavor would you want to savor? What flavor would you surprisingly realize was not all that flavorful?  What regret could you let go of because it doesn’t move your story forward and your word count is almost full?  What happens when you edit out all the drama?  What is left?  Who is left?

After reading this summary, would an agent, and an audience,  want to read your whole story?

 

 

 

 

 

House of Jai 30 day Yoga Challenge

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mindypicI work and practice at House of Jai yoga studio in New York City.  As many of you have read, my yoga practice, my action of self-study, has unleashed the courage needed to finish my novel, “Inside the River.”

The studio has started a fun and non-competitive 30 day yoga challenge.  The challenge is to get on your mat every day for a month.  It doesn’t have to be at House of Jai so there is a wonderful component of Satya or truth to the challenge.

Today is Day 1 and so I thought I would write about it and perhaps give updates every few days as to how being aware of a daily choice can shift old habits of mind and body.  For years, I’ve been getting on my mat almost every day, and each time the practice teaches me something as I hold onto my beginner’s mind.

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House of Jai 30 day Yoga Challenge

mindypicI work and practice at House of Jai yoga studio in New York City.  As many of you have read, my yoga practice, my action of self-study, has unleashed the courage needed to finish my novel, “Inside the River.”

The studio has started a fun and non-competitive 30 day yoga challenge.  The challenge is to get on your mat every day for a month.  It doesn’t have to be at House of Jai so there is a wonderful component of Satya or truth to the challenge.

Today is Day 1 and so I thought I would write about it and perhaps give updates every few days as to how being aware of a daily choice can shift old habits of mind and body.  For years, I’ve been getting on my mat almost every day, and each time the practice teaches me something as I hold onto my beginner’s mind.

Day 1 is a seated meditation pose.  I chose to sit on my mat at home, and on a bolster so my hips are higher than my thighs, making it easier to align and balance myself.  It also helps drain some of the fluid in those hips, and we tend to hold a lot of our unconscious in that area…all those push under the rug emotions often get stuck in the hips.

My photo is in my pj’s or my version of sleepwear…no make up, my hair tussled.  It was my time to meditate, to drop my ego, to bolster my journey inward.  Yoga is a journey inward and my action of stillness is a path to my center.  So I offer up the challenge to all those out there, beginners all of us, to get on your mat in some way, for some amount of time, and take notice of the effects.  Take notice of the shift and the space and what comes your way.  After ten minutes on my bolster, I felt open and grateful.

Happy challenge…and please let me know! Check out House of Jai on all the social media sites for other fun photos and insights.

xoxo