If you have read my recent posts you will know quite a bit about Eric Maisel, creativity coach and author, he is here now on Thousand Sketches on a tour to promote Ten Zen Seconds, one of his current books, yes he has three that came out this year.
The focus is on the tension between shadow & light, so if that is of interest, read on, and please join the conversation in the comments.
Walter: Hi Eric, thanks for visiting my blog on your world tour. How are your travels so far?
Excellent! It has been interesting to see how each host has personalized the process. And the tour has helped to sell out the first edition of the book in its first month, which is unusual â€¦ and great!
That is inspiring! A blog tour is a creative project, how did the idea originate?
I put out a monthly newsletter and I asked my readers if they knew of any out-of-the-box ways to publicize books. One reader, a small press publisher, told me about the successful virtual book tour that one of her authors had recently completed, the idea intrigued me, I asked for details, and decided that I wanted to do the same.
So the creative step is to connect with your readers. I hope you enjoy your virtual stop here with the Thousand Sketches project and being here (again) in Christchurch, New Zealand. As a psychotherapist also have a psychological blog but I think this is the right place for you to visit as you have such a focus on creativity, and the artist.
Yes, much of the writing on creativity isnâ€™t very psychologically astute. It tends to be more like cheerleading or spirituality-by-a-different-name. Iâ€™ve been interested in looking at the real processes that affect creators, like depression, anxiety, addictions, and so on, along with what really helps to deepen the creative process.
What is Ten Zen Seconds all about?
Itâ€™s actually a very simple but powerful technique for reducing your stress, getting yourself centered, and reminding yourself about how you want to live your life. It can even serve as a complete cognitive, emotional, and existential self-help program built on the single idea of “dropping a useful thought into a deep breath”.
You use a deep breath, five seconds on the inhale and five seconds on the exhale, as a container for important thoughts that aim you in the right direction in lifeâ€”I describe twelve of these thoughts in the bookâ€”and you begin to employ this breathing-and-thinking technique that I call incanting as the primary way to keep yourself on track.
Where did this idea come from?
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