The Temple of the Subway Goddess

March 24, 2009 at 9:59 am Leave a comment

That is the name of the latest book I am reading. I just started it today and here’s a wonderful quote from page 15: “Dreams, visions, and magic were not mirages, but were the means by which one survived and met life’s basic needs day to day.” That strikes a chord. Lately I feel exactly that way: my dreams and visions are what have kept me alive. And they still keep me going.

I read that this morning after a night of very little sleep. Last night I worked the night shift. There was a storm and a banging window woke me up at 1 am. At 2 am one of the residents woke me up because she’d had a nightmare and couldn’t sleep. I went back to her room with her and did a mini-fantasy trip (relaxation and imagining herself on a meadow on a sunny day, where she finds a tree, sits down, leans against it and falls asleep — she was out in less than 5 minutes!). Then someone’s alarm clock went off at 4.30 am and he didn’t turn it off. I managed to weave the beeping sound into my dream for what seemed an eternity, then finally got up and shut it off.

Though lacking sleep, I decided to follow the original plan and go to the gym on my way home — and start reading my new book. It is “a novel of sisterhood, the quest for a modern woman’s sacred spirit, and urban renewal, circa 5000 BCE” — and just what I’m in the mood for! The author, Carolyn Lee Boyd, offers it as a simple novel, but also invites the reader to dive in and use it as a tool for her own personal development. Of course I have chosen the latter alternative. Thus I’m taking my time reading it — enjoying the writing, evoked thoughts and insights, and using it as a source of encouragement along my path. I think it was perfect timing!

Oh, by the way, if any of you are interested in the book…check it out at Goddess in a Teapot. You can buy a real book or download it for free. I’m old-fashioned and prefer the feel of a book in my hands. I have a thing about turning pages and feeling the paper between my fingers. Oh, by the way, the author is a friend of mine, but that’s not why I’m recommending the book. There’s a better reason: I think it’s good!

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