Name: Linda Eve Diamond
Where you live: Dania Beach, FL, USA
What you do as a vocation or avocation? I'm the author of several books in the areas of self-help, business, education and poetry. My poetry book is called The Human Experience and my latest book, Rule #1: Stop Talking, is a fun, self-help guide to listening that offers practical advice and a spiritual thread. Beyond writing, I give talks and listening skills seminars and poetry readings.
Your two favorite books: One of my favorite little story collections is called Einstein’s Dreams, and Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s The Little Prince will forever be in my heart.
Your two favorite songs: Two of my favorites are “Everybody Knows” and "Dance Me to the End of Love" by Leonard Cohen.
Why you are interested in spirituality? I believe that what is essential is what we explore beneath the surface and that if we live on the surface we barely live at all.
Your favorite quote: “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." EB White
Your favorite web sites:
A Children’s International Sponsorship Website:
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals): http://www.peta.org/
Human Rights Watch: http://www.hrw.org/
FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting): http://www.fair.org/index.php
Your hero? My dad, Michael Diamond, whose work can be found at http://domesticviolenceclause.org/
A spiritual lesson you hope to learn? I think that we can create our worlds but that creativity is stifled and directed by fear and a tendency to react instead of create. I make a practice of careful inner listening, but it's a process. (Being human is a constant restriction to achieving perfection!) But I do move along—perfectly imperfect—in the right direction, and I hope to continually become more creative and less reactive.
A place in the world where you feel spiritually "connected?" I can feel connected in lots of places, but deeply in Sedona, AZ, and pretty much anyplace where mountains are.