The Imprinting of the Work on Your Soul by Shawna Lemay

This Blog highlights an important message that we feel students of the Salimpour School will find beneficial, and not only useful for your technique as a belly dancer but to other areas of your life as well. The author illustrates the value to be gained from giving up our need to control the outcome of our actions, and simply allowing the work that we are doing to be a reward in itself.  It is the process that ultimately has the ability to transform and shape who we are. As artists, allowing things to happen rather than making them happen will create art that is authentic and true. Surrender and trust that it is okay to let go. Click here to be directed to the author’s blog.

About Shawna Lemay:

Shawna Lemay is the author of the recently released novel, Rumi and the Red Handbag which made Harper’s Bazaar’s #THELIST (must-reads for Fall 2015), the “Most Anticipated” list on the popular Canadian book website, 49th Shelf, and was selected for Maria Shriver’s fall reading club. Nathalie Atkinson chose Rumi and the Red Handbag for Fall’s Must-Read Fashion Books in the Globe and Mail.

She has also written six books of poetry, a book of essays, and an experimental novel titled, Hive, which is about the possibility of the existence of a woman art forger. All the God-Sized Fruit, her first book, won the Stephan G. Stephansson Award and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Calm Things: Essays was shortlisted for the Wilfred Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction. She has an M.A. in English from the University of Alberta. She writes a weekly blog titled, Calm Things.

Shawna lives in Edmonton with her husband, Robert Lemay, a visual artist, and their daughter. She works at the Edmonton Public Library part-time.