One of the overarching themes of my Hidden Lines trilogy is awareness beyond the self. Chloe has a lot thrown at her, and she uses various meditation techniques learned from the hero, Jorge, and his family, as well as her own self-study, to continually become more in tune with who she really is at her core. This work brings an openness to the world and to others that allows her to heal the hurts of her past.
Today, I read a transcript of a teaching by Pema Chodron. You can read the whole transcript here, but this is a quote from it that made me think about Chloe.
“When you are completely wound up about something and you pause, your natural intelligence clicks in and you have a sense of the right thing to do. This is part of the magic: our own natural intelligence is always there to inform us, as long as we allow a gap. As long as we are on automatic pilot, dictated to by our minds and our emotions, there is no intelligence. It is a rat race. Whether we are at a retreat center or on Wall Street, it becomes the busiest, most entangled place in the world.
Pause, connect with the immediacy of your experience, connect with the blessings; liberate yourself from the cocoon of self-involvement, talking to yourself all of the time, completely obsessing. Allow a gap, gap, gap. Just do it over and over and over; allow yourself the space to realize where you are. Realize how big your mind is; realize how big the space is, that it has never gone away, but that you have been ignoring it.”
Book 1: To Hiss or to Kiss
Book 2: To Growl or to Groan
Book 3: To Snarl or to Snuggle
I like books that are funny and fun to read (and hot!) but also make me think or look at the world in a new way. These days you’ll find me writing, pet sitting, juggling a number of freelance gigs, and reigning as my home’s domestic goddess. I live in the Midwestern U.S. with my husband, dog and cats. Alas, I have, as of yet, been unable to teach my husband how to purr. I love to hear from readers. Connect with me: