Getting to Center: Pathways to Finding Yourself Within the Great Unknown (Paperback)
From the beloved creator, workshop facilitator, and author of How to Not Always Be Working comes an approachable and practical guide to leaning into the unknown even when it feels as though everything around—and inside—us is in flux.
Picking up where How to Not Always Be Working left off, Getting to Center is an empathetic offering to those who are looking for a roadmap for finding their way back to equilibrium. This book meditates on endings, grief and joy, ease, hope, addiction, and beginnings, pairing Marlee's own experiences and wisdom with practical exercises and tools for creating balance and understanding within the natural changes of life.
In her own constant shifting, improviser and entrepreneur Marlee Grace has found ways to pivot within her career, while still maintaining constant threads throughout. She has developed practices that have supported her through opening and closing multiple businesses, a divorce, several cross-country moves, choosing sobriety, and more.
Essential for anyone who feels overwhelmed and anxious about these unpredictable times, this gorgeous, thoughtful book is a hand to hold to feel less alone, and a guide to cultivating resources we can replenish and depend on in ourselves.
About the Author
Marlee Grace is a dancer and writer whose work focuses on the self, devotion, ritual, creativity, and art making. Her practice is rooted in improvisation as a compositional form that takes shape in movement videos, books, quilting, online courses, and hosting artists. Marlee's Instagram dance project Personal Practice has been featured in the New York Times, Dance Magazine, Vanity Fair, The Huffington Post, and more. You can find her zines, things she makes, artists she hosts, and more at marleegrace.space/home.
"Marlee's work shifts and stretches. This new collection is a necessary resource for those of us looking to re-center, lean in, and get curious about ourselves, about our heart's work. Getting to Center is a blessing in book form."
— Alexandra Elle, author of After the Rain
"My copy of this book is dog-eared, tea stained, and annotated beyond recognition. Getting to Center is like a long late night conversation with your best friend that reminds you of your own radiant messy perfection. This book will open you to knowing and loving yourself in ways that previously felt impossible. I’m jealous you get to take this ride with Marlee Grace for the first time.”
— Taylor Schilling
"Marlee Grace has a profound gift for helping us understand that so many of the things in life that we take pains to avoid are actually the richest parts of the journey; and that getting to center is a matter of gentle practice —of making space for mistakes, change, guilt, discomfort, not knowing, grief, and even joy—and then allowing them to feed, teach and transform us.”
— Lisa Congdon, Artist and Author
"Marlee Grace’s book has become a bible, sitting by my bed so I can pick it up and read what I’ve highlighted before I sleep and when I wake. It’s that book—the one you want to end your day with and begin the next one with. It’s required reading for everyone in my life. An accessible, tender, and honest journey toward self via Marlee Grace, one of our great teachers of grace, as it were."
— Jen Pastiloff, author of the National Bestseller On Being Human
"Marlee Grace embodies permission. Getting To Center is the physical manifestation of that embodiment. It’s a gentle guide to saying yes to yourself, going inward, hugging the dark bits and coming out the other side. It’s a book I didn’t know I needed but now that it’s here, I could imagine life without it."
— Erica Chidi, Co-founder and CEO of LOOM
"Marlee is a person who lives deeply, pressed right up to the window of her truth. She offers her findings to us in this book, a space of radical generosity and sparkling love. Getting to Center is a balm, a permission slip, a friend, an affirmation, a guide, a prayer, and a practical place to help one connect to their rhythms of a creative, authentic life spiral."
— Sarah Faith Gottesdiener, author of The Moon Book: Lunar Magic to Change Your Life
"...[Grace's] gift is a willingness to expose her insecurities and question her beliefs, and the core advice buried beneath her calls to drink water, get rest, be grateful, forgive yourself, and have faith is surprisingly universal. This will especially resonate with readers in their late teens through their thirties."