Name: Beth Nonte Russell
Where you live: McLean, Virginia and Kiawah Island, SC
What you do as a vocation or avocation?
I am a writer, author of Forever Lily; founder of GoodTrueBeautiful, Inc, and founder of The Golden Phoenix Foundation.
Your two favorite books:
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse: Illuminates the deep challenges in the process of evolving spiritually. The language is poetic, lyrical and hypnotic, and takes you to a place of experiencing his journey.
Anna Karenina by Tolstoy: contains all the human failings, spiritual longings and the sweep of history in one story. Tolstoy’s language and depth of mind is awe-inspiring.
Your two favorite songs:
“Let It Be” by the Beatles: The simplicity and beauty of this song, and the spiritual truth it conveys, always leads me to a place of humility and acceptance. Piano Concerto No. 2 by Rachmaninoff: Transportive and uplifting; after listening to this piece I always feel as if something has happened internally.
Why you are interested in spirituality?
At one point it sunk in to me that we are spiritual beings. The substrate of all that is, is spirituality…so in that sense, spirituality is the only thing to be interested in.
Your favorite quote:
“There are only two ways to live your life: one is as if nothing is a miracle; the other, as if everything is.”
Helen Keller; with great courage, she broke through all limitations, imposed from within and without.
A spiritual lesson you hope to learn?
The one I most need to learn…and I’m sure I’ll be surprised by what that is!
A place in the world where you feel spiritually “connected?”
Kiawah Island, SC; a gorgeous barrier island that is a paradise of natural beauty. I wrote my book there. When I arrive on the island I always feel is if I’ve come ‘home’ to myself.
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