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Conversation with Jan Lundy – “My Deepest Me”

May 7, 2015
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I am an innately calm, clear, wise person at heart. Thoughts are simply thoughts. They are not me – not the deepest me. Inner peace is me. Love is me. Joy is me. This is my birthright and my destiny.

– from My Deepest Me: A 30-Day Guided Journey by Janice Lynne Lundy

As Mother’s Day approaches, I am delighted to share a new book by one of my favorite mothers, grandmothers, spiritual directors and authors – Jan Lundy. Jan and I first met through our blogs seven years ago, and since that time we have worked on several writing and teaching projects together. Among many other things, Jan was the founder and editor of Meditate Like a Girl, and it’s predecessor BuddhaChick.

I recently had the pleasure of talking with Jan about her latest book, My Deepest Me: A 30-Day Guided Journey. My Deepest Me is part spiritual guide and part journal, offering 30 spiritual contemplations along with corresponding questions and writing space, designed to lead you into the heart of your journey and self. Written from an interfaith perspective, this is a book that anyone from any spiritual background will connect with and treasure.

In our conversation, Jan shared the inspiration for the title of the book  – a moving story about mystic Catherine of Genoa that I had never heard before. We also discuss our own thoughts on three of my favorite themes from the book (which I journeyed through myself) – ‘Naming the Nameless’, ‘True Compassion’ and ‘The Heart Knows’. As always with Jan, this was a soulful and beautiful conversation.

My Deepest Me is a wonderful gift for yourself or any spiritually minded individuals in your life, whether for Mother’s Day or ‘just because.’ So settle in for 20 minutes or so and listen in on our conversation. May it trigger new connection and heart wisdom for you:

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My Deepest Me – Conversation with Jan Lundy

And Happy Mother’s Day! May all beings know they are loved and cherished on this day, and all days.

 

 

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Annie Johnson permalink
    May 7, 2015 9:29 pm

    Hi Lisa,

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful conversation that you had with Jan Lundy. I bought the book, My Deepest Me, as soon as I heard about it from Jan’s website. It is a true gift to myself.I also got one for a friend, who is also enjoying the way that Jan gently leads us to a part of ourselves that we don’t access very often.

    I am just getting home from the elementary school where I volunteer in a second grade classroom. Today the kids were sharing their haikus that they had written about butterflies. They were using the 5-7-5 syllable count. What was so interesting as they were reading their amazing poems to me, a haiku that I had written when I was probably 10 years old just popped into my head. It went……..

    Deep within me lies My core of calm,always there Just breathe, in then out…..

    I then shared it with the kids, telling them that there is a quiet place inside us that we can always get to and I placed my hand on my heart. I don’t know if they got the message, but it was fun to share it with them…..a lesson I learned from childhood being passed on….It was so nice to come home, and then get this message from you and Jan basically saying the same thing. Thank you Lisa.

    I also want to thank you for once telling me that although I have never given birth to a child, that that does not mean that I cannot mother a child. As we approach this Mother’s Day weekend, it is a message that is dear to my heart. I wish you a very happy Mother’s Day Lisa.

    Thanks for all you do to keep us grounded and centered and inspired.

    Love, Annie

    Sent from my iPad

  2. May 7, 2015 11:02 pm

    Annie, so wonderful to hear from you and thank you for sharing such a beautiful story and haiku! And so glad to have someone else sharing direct experience with Jan’s book, I hope it will spur others to discover it. I had hoped to get this post up earlier, but life happens:-) And yes, Annie you have provided and do provide such beautiful nurturing energy to so many, both children and adults – this is divine motherhood, and something that lies within us all. I think that is really what we should honor within ourselves this weekend.

  3. Sufi Scribbles permalink
    May 8, 2015 5:58 am

    Thank you for sharing this, what a beautiful book and concept!

  4. May 8, 2015 11:45 am

    Lisa, thank you for sharing my work with the world once again. I appreciate your kind thoughts about “My Deepest Me.” I am continually amazed how, if we are faithful to our inner calling, we are continually asked to dive a little deeper and get to know we truly our in our essence. I wish more than anything that people could really know (and have a felt experience) that they ARE peace. They ARE love. They are JOY. Because without that deep knowing, we continue to skim the surface of life as it is meant to be lived. It is a courageous journey though to dive deep.

    When I wrote the book, I wasn’t that aware perhaps of how deep this journey really is—the one I guide the reader through in 30 days. It took a conversation with Peggy Tabor-Millin to bring that to my attention. She is the author of a book I just love, “Women, Writing and Soul-Making. Perhaps you know of it. She said, “Jan, this is really deep work, do you realize that?” You could say her response startled me into new awareness that this journey to delve into the truth of your being is not for the faint-hearted. It is much easier to lose ourselves in ego and television and non-choiceless awareness. But if one does have the courage to dive, oh, my! what amazing things begin to happen, as you well know. We should not be afraid of our own beauty, our light, our staggering brilliance—because that is what we are in our essence. But we have to strip away the camouflage first to get to that sweet spot though!

    So I might add that even though this is a 30-day book, it is a “lifetime” book. The 30 contemplations shared within will last us an entire lifetime. We will be asked to embrace them again and again as our lives continue to unfold and evolve. I hope everyone who reads it and works through it will come to a newfound sense of inner peace, inner love, and inner confidence in themselves and this glorious world of which we are a part.

    Much love and thanks. With metta (loving-kindness) always,
    Jan

  5. May 8, 2015 11:47 am

    Annie, I love your haiku story! Isn’t it wonderful how kids can bring us back to what matters most? And I love your haiku on breath. Suitable for all ages! May you continue to be well and lovingly kind to yourself. I appreciate you and your journey so very much. xo

  6. May 9, 2015 12:02 am

    I agree Jan, I feel like you have tapped into many universal spiritual questions in this book, ones that we cycle in and out of throughout our spiritual journey, each time relating to them on a deeper level…

  7. Pamela permalink
    May 9, 2015 12:14 am

    What a lovely conversation this was. I particularly related to the part about self-compassion, and how we grow in compassion for others as we develop compassion for ourselves. This has taken me a long time to understand. Thank you for sharing this book and interview, and Happy Mother’s Day!

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