WHAT: Local interfaith minister and author Tina Firewolf hosts a booksigning of Beneath the Chatter: The Wise Self Awaits, a book of contemplative photography and prose documenting her personal journey toward stopping what she calls the “fearful internal chatter” and discovering enlightenment.
WHEN: 7 p.m., Thursday, March 5
WHERE: Malaprops Bookstore, 55 Haywood St.
WHY: Mountain Xpress: What has your journey taught you about enlightenment? How do you define that state?
Tina Firewolf: My journey was wild and magical. I needed to wake up on many levels and pay attention — to fully participate with life, on all levels — the relationship I have with my mind (chatter), the relationship with my inner fire or wisdom, the relationship with others and especially with the Earth … that whisper on the wind.
I define the state as “fully participating in life” — and with oneself — and all that is — even that which we cannot see nor define. Enlightenment is for everyone. It is an everyday occurrence waiting there for us to enter into it in each ordinary moment.
What do you hope this book will offer the reader? Who is it written for?
The book is written for people who enjoy visual stimulation to learn concepts — who want to learn more about themselves and a new way to see life but just can’t read a ton and aren’t interested in doing so … who want the nugget now — not a lifetime of study — for there is nothing to learn only things to remember.
The images catapult the reader to remember — it makes it all sink in faster and stronger … deeper if you will.
I hope this book offers peace to people — offers them a good giggle that being human is enlightening and that when we love ourselves — even our chatter we are on our way Home to the Wise Self Within.