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Living a More Spontaneous, Creative, and Courageous Life -- The Great Book Giveaway

Posted Sep 11 2008 2:00am

Let's face it, sometimes in our quest to be in the present and to be a "good little yogi" we get a bit too serious about it all. I've taken quite a few trips to Seriousland myself and I must say that it's not a very fun or creative place. Recently I stumbled upon a book that I want to share with you. In fact, I love it so much that I have partnered with the generous publishers of the book to give away 3 copies (see the details at the end of this post).

As I've mentioned before, I tend to be a bit of a book addict. I can often be found rambling through the shelves of my local Border's. More often than not, my ramblings result in an addition (or two or three) to my personal library. I've read lot of wonderful Buddhist and yoga-inspired books. While I often learn a lot from these wisdom-filled books, rarely do I laugh. Then along came a little book with a picture of a rubber chicken on it...

Improvisation for the Spirit

Ah, what might a rubber chicken and living in the moment have in common, you ask? Well, there's a less often thought about link between improv comedy and living life in the moment. It makes sense right -- after all, an improv comdian has to be willing to let go of any plan in order to wring the laughter out of a situation. Living spiritually -- or living in the moment -- is a wonderful thing. But who says that we can't have fun while doing -- or at least trying -- it?

Author and improv comedian Katie Goodman has written an excellent book to help us laugh it up while living spontaneously in the moment in her new book, Improvisation for the Spirit: Live a More Creative, Spontaneous, and Courageous Life Using the Tools of an Improv Comedy. Katie takes us on a wonderful journey -- informed by her background in improv comedy -- to ourselves and life in the moment. And believe me, you'll laugh the whole way through!

Throughout the book, Katie quotes and credits well-known folks like Thich Nhat Hanh, Cheri Huber, David Hawkins (Power vs. Force), Mark Epstein, and the Dalai Lama. But Katie goes beyond illuminating the reader's mind with lovely ideas, she gets the reader involved with fun exercises included in every chapter. You'll definitely want to have a pen a notebook handy when you dive into this book. And get ready to smile, chuckle, and all out guffaw (she's not a comedian by accident, folks!).

Katie structured the book as she does her weekend comedy workshops -- in bite-sized chunks accompanied by lots of fun exercises to get you involved and experiencing the ideas she puts forth. Here's a brief overview of the book by chapter:

  1. Be Spontaneous
  2. Be Present and Aware
  3. Be Open and Flexible
  4. Take Risks
  5. Practice Trust
  6. Practice Surrender and Non-Attachment
  7. Change Your Inner Critic to an Inner Coach
  8. Get Creative
  9. Let Your Life Become Effortless...Chill
  10. Unearth Your Desires
  11. Authenticity

Sound a little like a yoga class? It is but more like laughter yoga. Kate's simple writing will keep you out of your head, her wit will have your laughing out loud (at the very least, you'll smile...a lot), and her fun and quirky exercises will teach you an important lesson or two.

I first picked up this book while I was on my way to SC and I have yet to put it down. I constantly reread sections and I've bought a separate notebook so that I can come back to the exercises again and again. I love Katie's style and her wit is only outshined by her wisdom.

How would you like your very own copy of this wise and witty book? I'm (in partnership with Katie's publisher, Sourcebooks Inc.) giving away 3 copies to a few lucky readers. All you have to do is click on the email link on the left hand column of my blog and email me your response to this question:

What's your secret to getting -- and staying -- in the moment?

I'll pick three responses at random and each person will receive his/her very own copy of Improvisation for the Spirit. You don't need to be an improv comedian to appreciate or utilize the wisdom of this book (but a rubber chicken never hurt anyone). You just need a willingness to laugh at yourself and find the humor in the situation.


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