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October: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Updated: Oct 9, 2020

What is creativity? The relationship between a human being and the mysteries of inspiration; to perceive the world in new ways.

This beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work,  embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

Fuel For Thought Questions:

1. Do you think fear has held you back from doing something creative or risky?

2. Has there been a time when curiosity has won over fear? What was the outcome? What did you learn?

3. Gilbert says, “Ideas are driven by a single impulse: to be made manifest.” What great ideas have come to you that you have said yes to? What ideas have you passed up on and why?

4. Gilbert talks a bit about the popular creative stereotype, "the tormented artist" and "tragic heroine." Do you agree with her claims? Other than Gilbert, can you name any examples of a positive or inspiring artist? Someone who isn't tormented or tragic (or so it seems)?

5. What are you curious about? Where are you currently turning to for inspiration?

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