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Reading and… Chatting with Byron Katie


A couple of weeks ago I promised you that a big surprise was coming. Well this is it! The surprise is not the book review, though I did recently read this book.

I read Byron Katie's book, Loving What Is, in preparation for my interview with her this coming Tuesday, July 7th. That is part one of the excitement- I am interviewing Byron Katie!

Part two is that Byron Katie is coming to Toronto in October for a weekend long workshop.

And... Drumroll please, excitement part three is that I have been given two tickets to give away to my beautiful readers for this event. This weekend workshop will seriously change your life.

I first came across Katie's work when I heard her on an episode of Oprah's podcast. In this interview, Katie spoke the words that have stuck with me persistently, "Defense is the first act of war". I was stopped on the spot when she said this and the next thought that came to me was, "Of course it is", and just like that my job as a nutritionist became a little bit easier.

That is why I hate getting defensive letters like I did from the Corn Refiners Association, Nutella and Coke. I am perfectly happy to have my say, and let them have their say if they need to and leave it at that. I only argue back when my editor at The Post makes me.

'The Work' that Byron Katie developed and facilitates helps us to lead lives that are simply happier. She provides tools for us to release ourselves from factless thoughts that perpetuate our suffering. If you are unfamiliar with The Work, get familiar.

As I have been honoured with the opportunity to interview Katie because of the amazing audience I have with this blog, I am asking you what you want to know. I have my questions ready but want yours too.  I encourage you to keep them somewhat health/nutrition related but what do you want to know from Katie? Post your questions below and the interview will be up in a week or two.

Now... How to win tickets. Write up why you want them, deserve them, or need them. Explain how you could benefit from attending this weekend event and do so in 250 words or less. I am not choosing the winners so please don't send them my way. Instead send your entries here to inspirationalworks(at)sympatico(dot)ca with the subject line "Making Love In The Kitchen with Katie". This generous giveaway is valued at $340 per ticket. There will be two tickets given away and you can enter until I say stop.

Please only enter if you are in or will be in Toronto the weekend of October 2-4, 2009. Direct any questions about the event to inspirationalworks(at)sympatico(dot)ca.

More information on the event can be found here.

6 Responses to “Reading and… Chatting with Byron Katie”

  1. Jes said…
    What a wonderful opportunity (getting to interview)! I have to admit I've never heard of Byron Katie, but she sounds like one smart lady. Since I'm not super familiar with her, I'm not sure what I'd ask, but I'm looking forward to your interview!
  2. Taryn said…
    -Byron Katie, you are certainly a woman blessed with an incredibly strong constitution. Do you feel as though you there are any similarities between who you were before your battle with depression and your present day self? -But, what I really want to know is what revitalizes your faith after you've combatted a tragic event? Oh Meghan, asking questions is what I do. I could go on for days I'm sure. Thank you for this incredible opportunity to win such an invaluable prize! Now, I'm going to have to find a way to condense my ideas down into 250 words...
  3. Meghan Telpner said…
  4. Marissa said…
    This is SO exciting! I was introduced to Katie's work when I was in college at the University of Texas. My favorite teacher had her husband come and take over a class for a day. I believe he was a facilitator (though he is not listed as a current facilitator now), and he brought "The Work" to us. I am not huge on self help gurus, or the Tony Robbins crowd...but Katie is pretty amazing. I am really excited about the interview!
  5. Sari Telpner said…
    Meghan, You are so blessed to have the opportunity to interview Katie and to just sit in her presence. She is such a pure being of light, clarity and truth. I followed a meditation path for 27 years and it wasn't until I met Katie at he School for The Work and learned how to work the four questions that I truly found peace and freedom! Definitely try to find a time to go to The School for The Work if you are in to Katie's teachings.
  6. free chatroom said…
    This is nice! How did you learn this stuff?

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