Today I am bringing you an excerpt and giveaway of Lori Deschene’s new book, Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions. Lori is the creator of Tiny Buddha, which has become one of the most widely read personal growth and inspiration sites on the web, with over 15 million views to date. Huge impact.
Some of you may remember I’ve guest written for Tiny Buddha a few times before – it’s a really lovely site and community. Three things I adore about Lori’s work:
1. She is playing big – but in her own very gentle, community-oriented, compassionate way.
2. Lori always reminds her readers that she is a fellow traveler seeking answers – not an expert with the answers. If you get to know her, you’ll sense how deep this conviction runs in her.
3. She shares her early journey, through her twenties. There’s an idea floating around that people don’t get interested in the deeper questions until the second half of life. I think this is entirely untrue – and patronizing! Lori is a part of a group of young writers sharing their searches for meaning and happiness in their twenties, in ways their peers can relate to. So important.

A Practice From the Book

I loved this money practice from the book and wanted to share it with you. Lori calls this “Meet Your Future Money Expectations in the Present:”
Make a list of everything you think would change if you were wealthier. Think about all the feelings you generally try to escape by pushing yourself to be successful. Do you think you’d feel better about yourself? Would you feel more satisfied in life? Would you feel less worried? Less pressured? Less
Now ask yourself: How can you create those feelings right now? If you think you’d feel better about yourself with more money, what actions can you take to operate with courage and integrity so that you feel good about the person you’re being now? If you think you’d feel more satisfied, what would need to change in your professional life in order for you to feel more fulfilled and purposeful now? If you think you’d feel less worried, pressured, or overwhelmed, can you start meditating, so that worries have less of a hold on you now? You may very well have a lot more money someday, but if you answer these questions now, someday won’t be the day you realize that money isn’t enough.
Create a second list of everything that makes life valuable to you. This list might include spending time with your family, helping people, trying new things—whatever you treasure most in life. Now cross-reference this list with your schedule from the last week. Did you have sufficient time to incorporate these things into at least some of your days? Or were you too busy working to fit them in? How can you do things differently next week so that these valuable things don’t fall by the wayside?

This is just a small taste of many beautiful and wise practices in Lori’s book. To enter yourself in the drawing for a free copy of Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions just share a comment below. (Check that the comment links to your email address, or include your email in the comment).
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And, a few other announcements:

Playing Big – Coming Soon! Sign up for information & early bird discounts on Playing Big, my women’s leadership program, starting in January 2012, HERE. I’ll begin sending out more details to this list this week – so this is the time to sign up to receive it!
Your Other Names, my poetry collection, is making it’s way into the world. It’s was the #2 Amazon best-seller for new poetry books this month. (Honestly, let me tell you, that means fewer copies than you think, but I’m still celebrating the achievement!) There is still time to order copies as holiday gifts, too! Click HERE to buy a copy, and HERE to learn about bulk discounts if you are buying as gifts.