Seattle, Washington based Author
Author: You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends (The Mystical Memoir Series Book 1) And The Power of Acceptance: One Year of Mindfulness and Meditation (The Mystical Memoir Series Book 2)
OmArtist: Helping people with depression is a major theme on your website. Can you tell us a little about your own depression? How did you find your way to connect spiritually in order to help yourself heal? What took place during your healing that you would considered a turning point toward creating your site and all of the amazing content that you share?
MP: Oh, goodness. My depression started when I was a young child. I think I always had it a little–my dad would say that I had a “cute worried expression” even as a toddler. Some of my earliest memories are of sadness.
Ever since I was a child, I looked to spirituality to heal my depression–even before I knew I had it. I grew up Christian, and for a long time I tried to be happy by being perfect. My mantra was the Bible scripture, “Be ye perfect, even as I am perfect.” This was not a good strategy.
After my first child died (and partly before that time as well), I returned to spirituality, but this time I chose a different kind. One that feels healthier to me. I started voraciously reading books about the Law of Attraction, New Thought, Buddhism and more, and I am continually in the process of forming my most effective spiritual practice combination.
That’s why I focus my blog on spiritual practices for depression. There are just so many to choose from, and I wanted to share with other people what works and what doesn’t (for me, anyway). I really, really want to help people overcome depression.
OmArtist: How does it make you feel to know that people all over the world are reading your books to help heal themselves?
MP: I don’t know for sure that they are. I don’t know if people read all the books they download or if they just grab them and forget about them. I do know that I am doing what I’m supposed to be doing, and I have many more books planned that I hope will help people. But it’s not my job to make that happen, or worry about whether or not it is.
OmArtist: Mollie as I read through your books, articles and blog posts, it’s obvious to me that you have a gift for writing. Is writing something that you’ve always loved to do through your school years or is this something that was born from your research and content on www.mollieplayer.wordpress.com?
MP: I have been a writer since I could write, and a reader since I could read, if that makes sense. As a beginning reader I would take stacks of short vowel sound books from the library and read them one after the other. I didn’t care about what the book said–I just read for the pleasure of deciphering the words. Funny, now that I think about it. Kids are great.
When I was in the second and third grades, I wrote short stories for my teachers, unassigned and unprompted. Eventually I became an ad writer, then a tech writer. Now I’m focusing on my website and my books.
OmArtist: With regard to your first book, can you tell our audience what you felt while writing it? We know that all creative people have struggles throughout their process of creating. Did you ever doubt your ability to express your message and research? What spiritual practices did you use during the creative process to help you bring the book alive?
MP: Interesting question. It does help to center yourself before sitting down to write. I suppose the main spiritual practice I use while writing is listening to my intuition, ruthlessly. Oftentimes I decide to go one way with my chapter or post or paragraph or whatever, then sense strongly that that’s not where I should take it. I reconsider, and only later realize why the thing I wanted to write about next wouldn’t have fit as well. In a way, it’s like channeling, but you don’t have to be a “real” channel to do it. Everyone has intuition.
OmArtsit: The books in your Mystical Memoir Series; “You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends” and “The Power of Acceptance: One Year of Mindfulness and Meditation“, delve into your own experiences using mindful and spiritual practices. What would you like people to know about this series and its purpose? Are there more books planned for this series?
MP: I have three more books for this series already fully outlined, two of them
with bare-bones first drafts complete. What I want people to know is that these books are for real people with real struggles with spirituality and spiritual practice. I read all these amazing teachers like Eckhart Tolle and Byron Katie all the time, and they are so darn inspiring … but I fall short in following through on their advice. This is the struggle I want to convey. The learning process, the discovery, is fascinating to me.
OmArtist: Thank you so very much Mollie for taking the time to speak with me. You are appreciated!