Creating an Imaginative Life

Creating an Imaginative Life

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qMichael's stories have the same combination of clarity and intuitive richness as his music. A fine, contemplative guide to the artist's dedicated life.q David Whyte poet, lecturer author of The Heart Aroused and Crossing the Unknown Sea Michael Jones' inspiring and award winning book about his life at the piano offers many rich insights to help the reader find this story for themselves. qWho will play your music if you don't?q He asks. qWhat is emerging at the periphery of your awareness now? When do you feel that you are fully living your own 'signature in creation' - a place to which you often long to return?q Too often we focus on building our careers, based upon an identity crafted from our trained skills and abilities - an identity that does not accurately reflect our primary strengths, wants or needs. Michael suggests an alternative - through personal narratives that burst with wonder and magic - he offers vivid portrayals of how, through seemingly ordinary people and events, we can discover clues for living a fulfilling and imaginative life. Each story builds upon another as Michael reveals his journey toward creating a life that feels whole and complete. Throughout he offers others an invitation to reconnect with the essence of who they truly are. To begin he suggests that we learn to trust that there is a dimension of life behind life, one that lives through us and brings with it a renewed sense of dignity and grace each time we do what we love, feel what we feel and simply be ourselves. Virtually every page of this truly beautiful book provides wise and wonderful clues for allowing the creative impulse within us to emerge. Throw out your books of creativity exercises and read this book instead!Used by permission of Threshold Books. ... Excerpts from Chopin: Pianist and Teacher by Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger, edited by Roy Howat, translated by Krysia Osostowicz (1987). ... Reprinted by permission of Cambridge University Press.

Title:Creating an Imaginative Life
Author:Michael Jones
Publisher:Trafford Publishing - 2006


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