Here are some excerpts from the interview:
On a transformative moment at a cocktail party in her home on the Riviera:
I felt, ‘Why bother with this?’ I wanted to climb onto the windowsill and jump out because making money to buy more things seemed totally pointless to me. That was my moment of despairing-awakening. It was my initial moment of crisis when I determined there is no point to a material based life: money isn’t going to do it for me, having things isn’t going to do it for me, relationships isn’t going to do it. I have to find out what fulfills me, and become whole within myself, so that I can fully awaken to who I am.
What are the two or three top practices in the book to embody spirituality in our ordinary lives?
Not everybody has the same path, and we use or need different tools at different times. I find our needs change and people who read the book tell me they change. For me, the ones that are always there are meditation. I find in order to stay connected with the inner divine essence in us daily meditation is essential. Working with dreams is another one.
Through dreams, and most of us have access to this if we cultivate, dreams open us to all kinds of wisdom to guide us on the spiritual path. For me connecting with the inner teacher is easily done through dreams. The third one has to be connecting mind, body, spirit through words, thoughts, and action. In the United States where we are bombarded with media and messages, it is more difficult to keep these aligned.