NANCY G. SHAPIRO

FINDING CALM IN THE MIDST OF CHANGE

 

The Book of Calm

by Nancy G. Shapiro

2017 SILVER AWARD WINNER — NAUTILUS BOOK AWARDS

2018 SILVER AWARD WINNER — LIVING NOW BOOK AWARDS

I used to have a turbulent brain.

 

With this sentence, Nancy G. Shapiro takes your hand and leads you on a story-filled adventure to Calm. In this constantly changing world where events and situations can suddenly shift the course of our lives, Nancy celebrates story as a guide to a clearer, more compassionate, and wiser way of being.

 

With your walking stick and generous attention ready, follow her roadmap to the dynamic composure within yourself and transform reaction into clarity, blame into compassion, and confusion into choice. Then watch Calm ripple out into the world: one person, one family, one community at a time.

It is easy to feel stuck, anxious, and confused when old stories influenced by family, peers, and culture define our thoughts and actions.

 

With Nancy as your advocate, choosing to step away from such uneasiness and onto the road of calm leads to actively reimagining the stories of your life.

 

Old restraints now gone, you are free to listen to, claim, and act upon your particular knowing and wisdom. This dynamic self-awareness, filled with curiosity and a reawakened commitment to yourself opens up your world, an opening that brims over with strengths and talents you can now nurture, refine, and share.

 

Open Up Your World to Calm

COMMUNION

There is a bowl.

 

Stories gather within its unsounded depths

even as the bowl sits in the curve of your palm

 

tales once pebble-sized now grown into stones,

the sly ones that enter without your knowing.

 

There is a bowl

filled with the water of compassion.

 

This is the same bowl.

 

It brims over crying

when the stories jostle against one another.

 

In its brimming the bowl asks only this —

 

Make room.

 

Make space between the words where

consequence and compassion may sit in communion.

 

Everything rests on the holding of the bowl.

 

— Nancy G. Shapiro

from The Book of Calm

NANCY G. SHAPIRO

Author

 Life Coach

Advocate of Calm