Shelley Schanfield

About me

Shelley Schanfield’s fascination with Buddhism and yoga arose fifteen years ago, when she and her son were pursuing black belts in Tae Kwon Do in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Tae Kwon Do, like all the Eastern martial arts, includes techniques developed by Buddhist monks to calm and focus the mind.Inspired by the Buddha’s transformational teachings, she set out to learn as much as she could about who he was. By profession a librarian, Shelley immersed herself in research on the time, place, and spiritual traditions that 2500 years ago produced Prince Siddhartha, who became the Buddha. Yoga, in some form, has a role in all of these traditions. While studying yoga’s history, Shelley began her own practice, which proved as transformational as Buddhist meditation.

Because she loves historical fiction, Shelley looked for a good novel about the Buddha. Unsatisfied with what she found, she decided to writer her own.

From my website

“One becomes a writer by writing. It is a yoga.”

How is writing a yoga?  One is about emptying yourself out; stilling the mind.  The other is about filling your head up with story and putting it on the page. The above quote is from the late Indian writer R.K. Narayan.  I think he was on to something. My yoga…

The Bone Clocks

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell My rating: 4 of 5 stars As soon as I put down Cloud Atlas, I picked up this book. I liked it a lot, couldn’t wait to get back to it when other responsibilities called me away, but I don’t think I’d read it…

Book review: The Scent of Jasmine, by Anan Ameri

The Scent of Jasmine: Coming of Age in Jerusalem and Damascus by Anan Ameri My rating: 5 of 5 stars Anan Ameri is a prominent member of the Arab American community and one of the founders of the Arab American Museum in Dearborn. Her father was a prominent intellectual and…

 
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