Anne Lamott

“If you are writing the clearest, truest words you can find, and doing the best you can to understand and communicate, this will shine on paper like its own little lighthouse. Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.”

If you are a writer, or think you might be, or even afraid you might be, invite yourself to a cup of your favorite herbal tea or a matcha latte and sit with Anne Lamott’s book, Bird by Bird. Invite yourself to get to know yourself deeply.

Anne Lamott doesn’t shy from tough love, though she is gentle with your soul.

Advice on writing and life from acclaimed bestselling author, Anne Lamott:

“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, ‘Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'”

The lighthouse stands in bold truth, illuminating the path home. The lighthouse is not preachy, rather is a magnetic force that inspires, uplifts, and empowers through sheer presence of being, of existing. The light that shines is a gift of grace. This is the magic we feel from those who truly embody their power in an authentic way. These visionaries, writers, and radiant souls empower by simply being true, by sharing their own stories, and by leading by example – without the need to convince or entice.

The inspiration that is channeled through you to the world is simply a gift of grace. This is something Elena Brower, author, mamma, and creator of Practice.You journal, inspires in everything she touches. She is a beautiful example of one who writes from her soul with reverence, with pure intention to share and elevate.

Reverence is when you have such grace behind your presence, grace inspiring your thoughts and actions, your whole world admires and reflects your presence because you are being true to you.

A lighthouse isn’t trying to give anything or help anyone — much less save anyone! Simply by being and existing, a lighthouse offers so much to everyone: beauty, energy, power, serenity, inspiration, and motivation.

A lighthouse is not running around seeking people to help (or “save”). Because the lighthouse stands tall and radiant, we are drawn to it — and we draw nourishment from it simply by being in its presence.

So, how do we express our voice without sounding holier-than-thou?

Ask yourself: “Am I sharing with the intention to share? Or is my intention give moral advice in a tedious or self-righteous way?”

It comes down to knowing yourself, and discovering how your authenticity feels to you.

So, we invite you take a deep breath, light candles and burn your favorite Nag Champa incense, and look within today.

Then, in your most beautiful journal (we love Practice.You) and begin to write.

How does it feel to be you, today?

How does it feel to be unique?

What if the Earth invited you here because of this uniqueness?

What if the Earth made you come here because of this?

Could you begin to embrace everything about yourself that anyone has ever told you about being weird, different, or unique?

What would life begin to look like if you fully embraced every single fiber, every cell, of your beautiful, perfect, weird, messy, raw, ever-evolving self?

How would you feel?

What would soften?

What would shine?

Write for truth. Write for freedom. Whatever you do, write and live in a way that brings you to liberation. Hide nothing. Writing – and living – is a cathartic, spiritual somatic experience.

An affirmation you can repeat daily to encourage your illuminated voice:

“I provide value to those who resonate with my true essence and are naturally drawn to my radiance. If living this way happens to inspire anyone to find and express their own authentic inner voice, that would also be wonderful!”

And maybe, just maybe, you can write and express something so true, so vulnerable, so deep, that makes the tremendous impact our Earth is seeking:

“Against all odds, you have put it down on paper, so that it won’t be lost. And who knows? Maybe what you’ve written will help others, will be a small part of the solution. You don’t even have to know how or in what way, but if you are writing the clearest, truest words you can find and doing the best you can to understand and communicate, this will shine on paper like it’s own little lighthouse.”

We think it’s safe to say that now we would love to be her best friend.


Image courtesy of Cosmopolitan

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