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Relieving yourself of genius

If you loved Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love, then you’re going to love this video of Gilbert discussing her paradigm of creativity, and how it might help you too. Recommended viewing. Do you subscribe to Gilbert’s philosophy? If not, do you want to?

(Thanks to Suzanne Révy and Rebecca Coll for alerting me to the clip.)

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  1. Liz #

    when I read Eat, Pray, Love, I was annoyed w/ Eliabeth Gilbert for her self-centeredness & spoiled nature (although I liked the book) But watching this has made me change my mind & “get” her.

    I love this speech. Ole!

    February 24, 2009
  2. I really enjoyed this. I haven’t read Eat, Pray, Love, but now I think I ought to.

    February 24, 2009
  3. It really works for me. When you get stuck, step away and give the “ownership” to someone — or something — else. That usually clears things up and allows me to move ahead, trusting in the process and believing that something good will come out at the other side.

    February 24, 2009
  4. cathy #

    who of us has 20 mins to watch this during the day?! haha!

    i have to say, while i enjoyed listening to her self-indulgent speaking on oprah (liz), i tend to steer away from the oprah books when they are the ‘current read’ though i have often read them either before or after their oprahness. anyway, i agreed with everything she said at the time regarding her spiritual journey, etc, but still haven’t read eat, pray, love.

    love the ruth stone tale! sounds my relationship w/ my writing. and the tom waits, too. i’m feeling very tom waits about my ms right now.

    as for the allah/ole performance, it is a fabulous experience, capture it when you’re in it. don’t forget it when you’re not. i’ve had a choral experience of it and a poetry reading experience of it. that is why i keep at this even when it’s a suckass moment for writing.

    February 24, 2009
  5. Wonderful lecture:)

    February 27, 2009

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