Maxine Clair, award-winning author of the critically acclaimed short story collection Rattlebone and the novel October Suite, has assembled a deeply inspirational yet practical book to help readers access their inner creativity. Imagine This is a beautifully written set of deeply personal stories from which Clair draws examples of how we can be aware of the now, keep ourselves motivated, and create work of which we are proud.
Imagine This explains how some of us consciously choose the vehicle through which we express our magnificence be it business, art, science, or other while others of us have dutifully plied a trade in arenas that society has suggested are worthwhile, with self-expression only fixed on a hobby. Both, Clair maintains, can contribute to a good life. Occasionally, however, a moment comes that is sufficiently insistent on deep examination. In that moment we float the possibility for expression of a greater self.
Imagine This shows readers how to be aware of these moments and how our inner creativity is always seeking an outlet. By combining captivating memoir with step-by-step advice, Clair helps us find and develop our own unique and personal creative outlets.
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About the Author
Maxine Clair is a poet, short story writer, and novelist. Born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas, she had a career in medical technology as chief technologist at a D.C.-area children's hospital before pursuing and achieving her MFA at George Washington University.
Table of Contents
1 Waking Up 13
Cultivating the Practice of Sacred Journaling
2 Hovering Between Endings and Beginnings 33
Cultivating the Practice of Affirming Life
3 Tuning In to the Sacred Within 45
Cultivating the Practice of Meditation
4 Finding What Is Seeking You 71
5 Making the Commitment 91
Cultivating a Clearer Mind
6 Diving into Deep Knowledge and Practice 111
Cultivating an Appetite for Knowledge and Practice
7 Landing in Celebration and Gratitude 133
Cultivating Gratitude and Forgiveness
8 Sharing Is the Best Part 155
Cultivating a Consciousness of Giving
9 Opening to Your Next Best-Yet-to-Be 171
Cultivating the Practice of Contemplation
In Gratitude 197