Episode 69: Albert Flynn DeSilver

On showing up for your writing with devotion. On reading as writing; writing as reading. On humility as wisdom.

Albert Flynn DeSilver is a poet, memoirist, speaker, master mindfulness meditation teacher and workshop leader teaching nationally at the Omega Institute, Spirit Rock, 1440 MUltiversity, Shambhala Mountain Center, the Esalen Institute, and at writing conferences nationally. Albert has read and shared the stage with International bestselling authors Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert, Maxine Hong Kingston, and many others. His recent book, “Writing as a Path to Awakening: A Year to Becoming an Excellent Writer and Living an Awakened Life,” based on his popular meditation and writing retreats by the same name—was released from Sounds True in September of 2017. He is also the author of several books of poems and the memoir “Beamish Boy,” (2012) which Kirkus Reviews called “a beautifully written memoir, poignant and inspirational.” He lives in Northern California.

For Practice You listeners Albert is giving away FREE copies of his popular book from Sounds True “Writing as a Path to Awakening” + a 7-Track guided meditation program “Creativity Meditations for Writers, Artists, and Other Humans” (all we ask is $7.95 for shipping and handling) You can grab your copy at: brilliantwriter.com/free-book

  • Impermanence and creativity [4:12]
  • Realizing that you are not your story [7:08]
  • Writing from other people’s points of view [14:40]
  • Free-writing after meditation [16:17]
  • Reading and writing. Reading and meditation [21:38]
  • Devotion [27:31]
  • Writing from your senses [33:13]
  • Practice makes process [40:00]
  • Writing altars [42:43]
  • Favourite writing prompt [44:15]
  • What needs healing [46:42]
  • Favourite view [50:50]
  • Prayer [51:54]


Writing as a Path to Awakening, free book and meditation program w
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Ajahn Jumnian
The Overstory, Richard Powers
The Heart Sutra, Red Pine
Devotion, Dani Shapiro

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