Michelle Aldredge at Gwarlingo has just published a very fine post on Christian McEwan. You can read the post here!
Christian McEwen was born in Britain, and now lives in Northampton, MA. Over the past two decades, she has taught poetry and creative writing at the New School in New York City; Williams College and Smith College in Massachusetts, and Lesley University. Her most recent book is World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down.
McEwen is new to me, but the excerpt below made me want to get to know her writing – straightaway:
I have spent quite some time this year in company with fairly similar ideas; especially those advocated by Susan Cain in QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking and in the writing of Jon Kabat-Zinn. Kabat-Zinn is strongly influenced by buddhist thinking, and also McEwen is pointing at Asian culture, emphasizing its focus on silence and solitude as an advantage. But my impression is that the eastern world is becoming just as cramped as the western, this is not meant as an argument against McEwen’s point – on the contrary: due to our hectic way of living, learning to slow down and pay attention is more important than ever before.
Mindfulness is about paying attention; attention to oneself, to others, and to the natural world. For me mindfulness has also initiated a new curiosity for nature writing. Having had the opportunity to discover new terrain and a new way of writing in the middle of life is such a great thing! It’s like everything is beginning anew, like being on an expedition into the still unknown, it feels …