…and why should today be different from any other?

I am making a PARTICULAR effort to live in the moment this week. My book's coming out in 2 days, so I'm basically wound up like an eight day clock. Even though it's a GOOD excitement, I also know that these sorts of emotional spikes (good or bad, pleasant or unpleasant) can cause havoc to the nervous system, the mind, the sense of inner peace. The great teachers say we are meant to remain smooth and steady, no matter what is going on in our lives. So I've been meditating every morning (which, TRUST ME, I don't often do) and I spend much of the day making a considered effort to remain calm and at ease.

And then, at other moments, I'm like, "Oh, fuck it, I'm just gonna jump up and down and run in manic circles. And then eat a pile of cookies and hyperventilate."

So that's a tactic, too, I guess.

Because this is a REALLY exciting week!

You know how excited I am? I already packed for my book tour three days ago. Suitcase is by the door. This reminds me of my first day of school when I was six, when I laid out my clothes and readied my book bag a week in advance. And then, on the big day, I made my mom drive me to school an hour before it opened, just to make sure I wouldn't miss anything.

If you're looking for me, I'll be the one pacing.

Pace, peace…same thing!

Eat cookies.


via Elizabeth Gilbert’s Facebook Wall