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Smart Woman Online: Padme Livingstone

My Smart Woman and Smart Man Online series of interviews have suffered of late. It isn't that I don't have a long list of possible candidates - I do. It's that I don't necessarily have time to do the interviews. Or, to post them. (posting them can be time consuming...changing formatting from Word, adding links, and pictures)Padme_livingstone

I've resorted to what I hope is a good solution. I've asked a few talented people to just tell me four things they really want the world to know about them.

This week, I have Padme Livingstone - the author of Let's Not Call it Meditation: Practical Guidance for People Who Think They Can't Sit Still and Quiet the Mind. I met this delightful woman with the big smile a few months ago after she called me to talk about her book. It's self-published and she wanted some marketing advice.

Naturally, I said, "Start a blog." Although she hasn't done that yet, she has done a number of other things - seminars, articles, and word-of-mouth the old fashioned way.

Let's see what Padme considers four things the world should know about her (and her book).

Yvonne: What's the first thing the world should understand about you and your book, Padme?

Padme: When I’m asked how long it took me to write my self-published book, Let’s Not Call It Meditation: Practical Guidance for People Who Think They Can’t Sit Still and Quiet the Mind, I Lets_not_call_it_meditationusually say three years, but it also took me this whole lifetime.

Ever since I began meditating thirty years ago, I've met people who didn’t understand what it’s all about. They think meditating is too difficult, or for someone special (not them!), or that they have to belong to a meditation center.

A little over three years ago, I realized it was time to help clear up mistaken ideas and confusion about it: to write about how a regular meditation practice brings more awareness, love, and clarity to your life.

And I soon realized that meant I would need to share lots of personal stuff in order to make my case. So it took both my whole life and three years to write this book!

Yvonne: Remembering and forgetting play an important part in your book. Can you explain how?

Padme: One of the most important pieces I hope people get from reading the book is how we all live our lives forgetting and remembering to be aware, or to be with what is.

With practice, the remembering times get longer and the forgetting times get shorter. I lived much of my married and parenting life focused at home, with plenty of opportunity to remember and forget being with what is. There were times when I wished and wished that I was contributing more financially to the family’s well being. And sometimes I would get caught up in wanting to be doing something that was more (I told myself) creative or exciting.

Those forgetting times often escalated into arguments, confusion, and unhappiness for myself, and family members. And then I would realize I was spreading my pain around again, and I would start meditating more. Love would fill my days again, instead of frustration and confusion. Awareness would help me remember the perfection of my life as it is.

Yvonne: Share an important event in the publication of your book.

Padme: The morning I received Jon Kabat-Zinn’s endorsement for my book, I cried so much from relief that I couldn’t even read past the second line for a half hour. Larry Dossey’s wonderful endorsement had come a few days before and had left me breathless, but Jon Kabat-Zinn’s meant more to me because he’s not only a highly respected meditation teacher and author, but he’s also the man who brought mediation out of the meditation centers, into the world as a powerful healing practice through his work at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

When I was done crying, I felt so filled with joy that I emailed the good news to all the friends who I knew would understand and celebrate with me!

Yvonne: So, what do you do in your 'down' time?

Padme: When I’m not doing what I can to help get my book (which is available on my website) out there, I love walking in the woods, being creative with food, dancing by myself to world music, especially with drumming, listening to Diane Rehm, chocolate, connecting with friends, and being playful, especially when my husband feels like playing too.


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Lena West - Technology Diet

I value these interviews and love the long format. But, I also understand business and time constraints.

Maybe you can put technology to work on solving the "no time" dilemma?

My suggestion is to create an account over at AudioAcrobat.com - for a measly $20/mo, you can give Smart Women/Men a Guest line in either the Comment (20 minutes of talk time) or Conference (60 minutes of talk time) formats. Set them up with the questions by posting them to your web site so all you have to do is send them the link - say http://www.wmeblogs.com/smart (or something like that) and let them go to town.

The Audio Acrobat system will alert you when someone records an interview if you select this option when you set up the line.

You can set up as many lines as you want and the best thing is, the recording is finalized in an MP3 format - ready to post to the blog.

All for $20 - can't beat it!

Hope this is helpful!



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