Esalen Reads: What's on Ann Randolph's Nightstand?
Esalen Team
September 1, 2020
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Arts
"'Be nothing. Do nothing. Become nothing. Seek for nothing. Relinquish nothing. Be as you are. Rest in God.' These words were given to Miranda MacPherson through a transmission she received from Sri Ramana Maharshi while visiting his cave in India. I find myself often repeating these words from her book, The Way of Grace when the ego wants to take the driver’s seat, which is all the time. It’s a continual practice." —Ann Randolph

We delve into books for so many different reasons: guidance, knowledge, curiosity and oftentimes to lose ourselves in a captivating tale that can take us to the farthest stretches of our imagination. Esalen News invites our faculty to share what’s on their nightstand and why.

Esalen faculty Ann Randolph is an award-winning writer and performer with plenty of wit and verve. Her solo shows, Inappropriate in All the Right Ways, Loveland and Squeeze Box have been heralded and her workshops—at Esalen and beyond—aptly balance depth and humor. Ann shares her latest book pick with Esalen News.

Esalen News: What is the latest book you read?

Ann Randolph: The Way of Grace: The Transforming Power of Ego Relaxation by Miranda MacPherson and the audible version is the best. Her voice is one of compassion and kindness. She leads the meditations with her harmonium and you can’t get that from the book.

What drew you to the book?

I went to a meditation Miranda led in the Leonard Pavilion at Esalen and fell in love with her teachings.

What did you find most inspiring about the book?

Miranda has beautiful self-inquiry exercises and meditations to help me let go the grip of control and welcome uncertainty.

What are several other things that really stood out?

"Be nothing. Do nothing. Become nothing. Seek for nothing. Relinquish nothing. Be as you are. Rest in God.” These words were given to Miranda through a transmission she received from Sri Ramana Maharshi while visiting his cave in India. I find myself often repeating these words from her book when the ego wants to take the driver’s seat which is all the time. It’s a continual practice.

What other things did you learn?

How to drop the judgement of myself and others, bowing to the beauty and the mystery, and gentle ways to bring compassion to those parts within me which I don’t like and see how they bring me again and again to God.

How would you sum up the book in a few words?

Kindness, compassion and love pouring from the pages.