On the recommendation of Gayle Brandeis, I picked up a copy of Larraine Herring‘s beautiful book Writing Begins with the Breath. I’m enthralled with the books quiet guidance and wisdom.

This morning I read her chapter on “Empathy” and found my thoughts spiralling into my essays in new ways – trying to be more connected to and less judgmental of the characters I write, especially since they’re real people. But more than that, I found myself thinking of the people in my life outside the page who I don’t always try to understand and know. The book, for a moment while it lasts, reminded me that compassion is the central goal of life.

And for those of you who love yoga as I do, you’ll find that Herring’s language comes largely from yoga practice, and you’ll even find that she works the body movement – today it was child’s pose – into the writing. It’s a lovely way to think about your body, your mind, your spirit and your writing.

Writing Begins with the Breath: Embodying Your Authentic Voice Cover of Herring's Writing Begins with the Breath