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"The Power of Acceptance: One Year of Mindfulness and Meditation" is FREE today on Amazon

The Power of Acceptance: One Year of Mindfulness and Meditation is free on Amazon.com today.

This is a book I am proud of. Here, a review I just got an hour or so ago (from a stranger, in case you were curious) on Smashwords:

“Although this is one woman’s journey to understand mediation’s place in her own life, you’ll swear she is describing you. Honest, sometimes raw, and always down to earth, throughout the entire book I felt as if Mollie Player was the one friend who would truly understand: the struggle, the wonderment, the confusion, and the joy of finally touching the subtle but profound shift in approach to…everything. As well as the frustration of inconsistently sustaining it. The Power of Acceptance is itself a practical mediation. Honestly, if you even paused at the title, let alone read this far, this book is definitely for you. Pull up a cozy mug, curl deeper under that blanket, and join Mollie in an applicable, spiritual conversation that helps you level up your life: we don’t need to seek through meditation — we already are. Meditation practice is what allows us to accept this, and the magic starts happening from there.”

Get The Power of Acceptance: One Year of Mindfulness and Meditation (The Mystical Memoir Series Book 2) for free now.

Much love,
Mollie

A big announcement, a little apology. Oh, and a purple cow.

Byron Katie does it. Seth Godin does it. And you could probably name several others who do it, too.

They give away at least one of their books for free.

I read Purple Cow by Mr. Godin recently, and it inspired me in so many ways. It changed my perspective on business, on marketing, and even on life. (A little.) One of my main takeaways: Consider carefully if the primary goal of your art is to make money or to … well, do art. I mean, of course you can do both, but how likely is it, really, that you will make a good living with ebooks?

Marketing writing? Yes. Technical writing? Definitely. And I have enjoyed doing both. But right now, it’s all about the art. Or, more accurately, about the communication.

I want more people to actually read my stuff.

So today, a big announcement: I have decided to make all my ebooks available for free. Not 99 cents. Not a penny. Not a newsletter sign-up.

Free.

I’m starting with the first book in my spirituality memoir series, You’re Getting Closer, and following it up with each and every one of my ebooks in the months to come.

I doubt this decision is permanent. But right now, it feels like the right thing to do. And who knows? Maybe I’ll like it enough to keep it this way forever.

So, starting right now, get You’re Getting Closer for $0.00, and watch for the rest of my books (yes, even The Emergency Diet) to make the switch later on.

The Kindle version is available on Amazon, but if you prefer a PDF version, just email me at mollie@mollieplayer.com. You can also get the Smashwords version if you like.

Okay, so that’s the announcement part of this post. Now, the apology.

To everyone out there who already bought some of my books, I should have done this sooner. I’m sorry.

New book announcement: The Power of Acceptance

The Power of Acceptance: A Spirtuality Memoir by Mollie Player

Pleased to announce that my latest book, The Power of Acceptance: One Year of Mindfulness and Meditation, is now available at Amazon.com. This is a follow-up to You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends.

From the back cover:

For a day, a week, even a month at a time, she had the feeling continuously. She had it while she read, while she drove, while she ate, and while she played with her child. Which is why each time the feeling left, it was a great disappointment.

It was the feeling of connection with the Divine, and Mollie Player wanted to hold on to it forever. But how?

What was the key to continuous meditation?

Following You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends, The Power of Acceptance is her answer to that question. In this year-long journal she shares her attempt to do a sitting meditation each day, then remain in the state of meditation as much as possible after that.
Featuring interviews on meditation from long-time practitioners, The Power of Acceptance isn’t a meditation prescription, but rather a personal story of one woman’s spiritual struggles . . . and breakthroughs.

Thanks to my support system for helping me fill up the corners left in my day with writing time. Much love.

Here’s your chance to tell somebody what you *really* think

As I’ve no doubt mentioned before, my life is blessed with many wonderful people. A few of those people: those who give me feedback on my writing.

And yet, there is something in this area I still lack.

See, I have fans–super awesome fans who read, like, everything I write. And I have a few naysayers as well. But lately I’ve been wondering: What about all the people in-between? Might they have something even more valuable to share with me on the topic of my books–namely, really, really helpful commentary and critique?

And I’m guessing the answer to that question is yes.

And so, as I’ve done a few times on my blog before (thanks again to those who participated!), this week I’m extending an offer to you, my blog readers: If you buy any of my books, then send me a quick email telling me what you *really* thought of it and why, I’ll refund your purchase price (or send you a different ebook or printed book of your choice) with almost as much gusto as I use during the writing process itself. If you’re a writer and would prefer an in-kind critique, we can arrange that, too.

And that’s not all! I’ll also send you a whole bouquet of loving happy vibes–for free! (Can’t you just feel that gusto?)

Now, don’t worry: If you love the book you choose and have no real criticism to share, I’m actually find with hearing the good stuff, too. (You can also post a review on Amazon with the same, though note that I’m not basing your refund on that.) But a few “wasn’t really into it for this reason” comments would be super, super helpful as well.

Just email me at mollie@mollieplayer.com with the review (anonymous comments are totally fine).

Life is what you think about, reprised

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Two years ago I had the pleasure of holding a book signing for my latest book, You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends. Here, a reblog for you: the piece I wrote promoting the event–and my perspective on the goal of my writing as I see it right now.

Mollie Player is just a regular person. And yet, she is trying—sometimes very, very hard—to be different. And the way Mollie wants to be different is this: she wants to stay the same.

She just wants to be more of herself.

She wants to learn how to be aware of the Divine inside her at all times. She wants to communicate with God.

In other words: she wants to get enlightened.

Lofty goal? Maybe. Is she there yet? Probably not.

But she is, just maybe, on her way.

Often when people describe their lives these are the things they talk about:

  • What they did or do;
  • What they had or have;
  • Who they knew or know.

If you ask Mollie, though, she’d tell you that those things aren’t what life is at all.

Life, she says, is what goes on inside your mind.

It’s what you care about. It’s what you dream about.

It’s what you think about every day.

And so, even though she is just a regular person, Mollie decided to write about some of the thoughts that have made up her real life so far—and with which other regular people may be able to relate.

Mollie hopes that you like them, but more than that: she hopes they’ll make you different—even if that just means being more of yourself.

A change

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Recently, I posted that I’m working furiously on another blog called The Law of Attraction Project. Well, that’s still happening–more than ever, actually. One of the aspects of that blog that needed to be polished up was its SEO. Apparently, double posting articles, like my true law of attraction stories, isn’t so good for traffic. Google has been sending everyone who searches for law of attraction stories to this blog rather than The Law of Attraction Project. So, last week I made a tough choice: I decided to move all of the stories to that site, which is really what it’s all about, as well as to simplify this blog, Suddenly Awesome. As the blog description says, Suddenly Awesome is about how being spiritual makes my otherwise boring life suddenly awesome–and that’s really all it needs to be.

To all those who still want to receive the law of attraction success stories every month, plus monthly New Thought book summaries, do join us at storiesandtruth.wordpress.com. I am really, really loving how that blog is shaping up!

Thanks for hanging in with me.

Blessings,
Mollie

The Law of Attraction Project has begun

A few weeks back, I told you about my new mission: to create a repository of New Age/New Thought/ Law of Attraction book notes to help people review books they’ve already read and discover new ones, too. Now, the initial post is up and ready for reading at storiesandtruth.com.

To request that a book is added to the list, just comment. To participate in the notes project, email Mollie at mollie@mollieplayer.com.

Book announcement, part two: "The Naked House"

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Reminder to anyone who missed it that The Naked House: Five Principles for a More Peaceful Home is now available on Amazon.com here.

And one more excerpt for you:

“It’s a strange fact but a fact nonetheless: most people greatly underestimate the effect of their environment on their mood and enjoyment of life.

“I don’t know why this is. Shouldn’t we have figured it out by now? We pay three times the normal price of wine, just so we can drink it on an uncomfortable stool in a sexy, cool bar. We do the same with coffee at Starbucks. And we spend a whole load of cash to sit by a pool in Mexico, rather than the one at the Y.

“We think we have other reasons for doing these things, reasons that are much more logical and detached. The bar is convenient. Starbucks has free Wi-Fi. And in Mexico you can scuba dive or ride a horse.

“But home is convenient. Home has the internet, and there are bodies of water and horses here, too. We don’t go for any of that; we go because we want to get away.
Our homes can’t give us that getaway experience, of course, but they can offer something even better: an ongoing sense of well-being in our everyday life.

“Allow me to say again what I said in chapter one: Your home is like a person—and, like a person, it has a soul.”

If you are a fellow home organization hobbyist, check it out. It has a ton of ideas for greatly simplifying your life.

Things don’t cost what they cost

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Thanks to everyone who downloaded my latest book, The Naked House: Five Principles for a More Peaceful Home already.

For everyone else, an excerpt:

“It’s as true of a blender as it is of a dog: things don’t cost what they cost. They cost what they cost to buy, maintain, move around and store. All these factors cost money (yes, space alone costs money: square footage is the number one factor in home price, and have you seen your heating bill lately?), but there are several other costs to consider, and both are more valuable than cash. The first is the cost of your time: the sheer number of minutes that add up to hours that add up to days that you spend rearranging, cleaning, protecting, and working around your stuff. And the second is the cost of your emotion . . .

“For the purposes of this book, the terms “bare” and “naked” aren’t so much about wearing no clothes as they are about wearing nothing that distracts from your beauty.
It is the total and complete absence of clutter.”

Law of Attraction Success Story: "My Cat Is Healed"

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Contributor: Jeannette Maw of GoodVibeBlog.com. Maw is a Good Vibe Coach and a self-professed law of attraction geek whose mission is to inspire conscious creators.

Everyone who knows me knows my world revolves around my blind kitty Elvis. He is my favorite thing about life. I love and adore him more than anything else.

So when he got sick, I got scared.

We went to the vet who shaved his belly for an ultrasound and offered a couple of possible diagnoses. We started meds in hopes it would clear up easily.

It didn’t.

Whatever ailed him continued to.

The vet switched up meds and suggested an exploratory surgery if we didn’t see improvement within 24 to 48 hours.

I wasn’t keen on any of this.

I didn’t want to be shoving meds down his throat every couple hours. I didn’t want to haul him back to the vet’s office when he already felt so bad. I didn’t want to make him undergo a surgery when his health was so fragile. I didn’t want to lose my favorite guy.

Yet it looked like that’s exactly where we were headed – nowhere good.

I knew my resistance to losing him was adding power to that very reality that I didn’t want.

I also knew there was a reality where he was thriving and happy, and that’s the one that I wanted to experience.

But my resistance to the present reality was keeping us stuck in it.

At one point I felt like Elvis was getting ready to make his transition. I’ve fostered a lot of animals, many of them sick after being rescued from a shelter, many of whom didn’t make it. Elvis had that “exit energy” flowing, if you know what I mean. He just didn’t seem like he was really “here” any more.

I realized this might be it. It was an incredibly sad thought for me.

I thought about how Abraham says life just continues to get better and better. That whenever contrast happens, it just fuels new desires and as long as we go along with that party life can only improve.

And I thought, “Universe, you think you can do better than Elvis?! I’d like to see that.” Because this is one amazing cat!

Elvis lilly intruder

And with that I felt my attachment to this cat’s healing diminish. I felt myself being okay with his exit. I felt peace in my heart with whatever
might happen next.

Within an hour or so, I noticed he seemed to be a little more alert. He actually got up and shifted position. Shortly after that he had something to drink. And he just got better and better until within 24 hours I knew he was in the clear.

I consider it one of my most impressive successes to have found better feeling thoughts in the face of my ultimate form of contrast. To be able to release attachment to what I wanted most was quite a challenge. And if I can do that, anything is truly possible.

Jeannette Maw

New book announcement: "The Naked House"

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Quick post today to tell you about my latest book. It’s called The Naked House: Five Principles for a More Peaceful Home, and as you may have inferred from the title, it’s about home organization and simplification. Here is the back cover copy:

“The solution is almost always fewer things. That’s the Naked House philosophy in a nutshell, though the importance of top-notch organization (“a place for everything and everything in its place”), design unity, cleanliness and quality round out this book’s description of the most desirable, peaceful home in which to live. With a tongue-in-cheek, personal style, The Naked House is an inspiring but not-too-serious primer on cleaning, organizing and reducing clutter—and on changing the way you view the purpose and soul of your home.”

You can get the book on Amazon here.

One thing that’s even better than an awesome book review

Lately, I’ve been sort of pondering, sort of intending to receive something I don’t usually get (and don’t often ask for, either): really, really honest feedback. Feedback of the slightly harder-to-hear variety.

In other words: I’d like to get impartial book critiques from my readers. Because in my experience of life, there is something that’s even more awesome than an awesome book review.

And that’s a not-so-awesome one.

I mean, it’s super important to find out what you’re doing right, of course, and to receive encouragement to keep on going. But if I ever want to get on Oprah or whatever, a few “learning moments” are definitely in order.

And so, as I’ve done once on my blog before, this week I’m extending an offer to you, my blog readers: If you buy any of my books, then send me a quick email telling me what you *really* thought of it and why, I’ll refund your purchase price (or send you a different ebook or printed book of your choice) with almost as much gusto as I use during the writing process itself. If you’re a writer and would prefer an in-kind critique, we can arrange that, too.

And that’s not all! I’ll also send you a whole bouquet of loving happy vibes–for free! (Can’t you just feel that gusto?)

Now, don’t worry: If you love the book you choose and have no real criticism to share, I’m actually find with hearing the good stuff, too. (You can also post a review on Amazon with the same, though note that I’m not basing your refund on that.) But a few “wasn’t really into it for this reason” comments would be super, super helpful as well.

Just email me at mollie@mollieplayer.com with the review (anonymous comments are totally fine).

Life is what you think about, reprised

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Last year I had the pleasure of holding a book signing for my latest book, You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends. Here, a reblog for you: the piece I wrote promoting the event–and my perspective on the goal of my writing as I see it right now.

Mollie Player is just a regular person. And yet, she is trying—sometimes very, very hard—to be different. And the way Mollie wants to be different is this: she wants to stay the same.

She just wants to be more of herself.

She wants to learn how to be aware of the Divine inside her at all times. She wants to communicate with God.

In other words: she wants to get enlightened.

Lofty goal? Maybe. Is she there yet? Probably not.

But she is, just maybe, on her way.

Often when people describe their lives these are the things they talk about:

  • What they did or do;
  • What they had or have;
  • Who they knew or know.

If you ask Mollie, though, she’d tell you that those things aren’t what life is at all.

Life, she says, is what goes on inside your mind.

It’s what you care about. It’s what you dream about.

It’s what you think about every day.

And so, even though she is just a regular person, Mollie decided to write about some of the thoughts that have made up her real life so far—and with which other regular people may be able to relate.

Mollie hopes that you like them, but more than that: she hopes they’ll make you different—even if that just means being more of yourself.

Apparently, the Nook is somewhat popular

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So, the word on the street is that not all of my readers have Amazon’s Kindle; other e-readers are somewhat popular, too. And so it is for these unique path finders that I have recently gone to the trouble to publish my most recent book, You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends, on the Kobo e-reader as well as on the Nook. (I was going to do the iPad/iPhone, too, but Apple and Linux, my operating system, don’t get along so well.)

Another reason to download? Its free.

Finally, something to be negative about

Okay, so y’all know that I’m all about the positivity and stuff. But sometimes–just every once in a while–a little bit of negativity is not only an acceptable part of life and growth … it’s actually pretty darn awesome.

The other writers out there will hear me when I say that negative book critiques are often examples of that.

And so, this week I’m extending an offer to you, my blog readers: If you buy any of my books, then send me a quick email telling me what you *really* thought of it and why, I’ll refund your purchase price with almost as much gusto as I use during the writing process itself.

And that’s not all! I’ll also send you a whole bouquet of loving happy vibes–for free! (Can’t you just feel that gusto?)

Now, don’t worry: If you love the book you choose and have no real criticism to share, I’m actually find with hearing the good stuff, too. (You can also post a review on Amazon with the same, though note that I’m not basing your refund on that.) But a few “wasn’t really into it for this reason” comments would be super, super helpful as well.

Just email me at mollie@mollieplayer.com with the review (anonymous comments are totally fine).

My latest book needs some reviews, y’all

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Just checked my reviews for my latest book, You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends, and, well … there are none.

This is a good book, ladies and gents. (Then again, you knew that; after all, I’m awesome.) So give it a good review on Amazon (or a less accurate review of another kind). I know you want to.

Thanks in advance! Y’all are awesome.