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A LIFE FOR THE SENSES: Return to the Soul Artist Journal
March 2020, a new compilation of the Soul Artist Journal, the weekly e-column that L.R. Heartsong penned for nearly five years prior to launching TendingSacred—exploring the art of living a meaningful connected existence, celebrating “a life for the senses.” Though the posts were diverse, the underlying theme was always, how do we nourish the soul?
Heartsong writes in the Introduction:
“Life rolls on. Evolution unfurls. In the years since closing the cover on the Journal, my life and work has taken me in what seems, on the surface at least, to be a very different direction—fusing vibrant health and soul. Yet soulful nourishment remains the ongoing theme, a golden thread woven continually through all that I do. Dear reader, this is what has drawn me back to gather together another selection of posts from the Soul Artist Journal: the hope of delivering more heart-full, soulful nourishment in an accessible, digestible format. Something easy to pick up with a cup of morning or afternoon tea, a few pages read, and just as easily set down upon finishing.”
A LIFE FOR THE SENSES is the second compilation volume (in a planned series of four), a new gathering of posts selected from the archives and twenty-plus categories, spanning the Journal’s arc of existence. As with the previous offering, To Kneel and Kiss the Earth, these easily accessible, heart-full writings invite readers to welcome the ordinary, sensory moments in their days as small celebrations of a soul-centered existence.
Fans and subscribers of the Soul Artist Journal, as well as new readers discovering Heartsong’s work, will delight in this offering of lyrical prose in praise of nature, soul, and intimate relationship with Earth. With a gently luminous heart, here is a timely and welcome nod toward the re-enchantment of everyday life.
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“I’ve been reading your archives. Weeks ago, I’d meant to begin reading – one or two every now and then, I’d thought, but rather I’ve found myself reading and re-reading everything I could find. You are an amazing creature. Of all the things we’ve piled up for ‘someday’, perhaps first on my own list is to speak to you at length about your writing and to encourage you to publish further. More widely. Bravissimo, you are.”
~ Marlena de Blasi, internationally bestselling author of A Thousand Days in Venice, and A Thousand Days in Tuscany
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From the Foreword:
We all need inspiration on our journey. For nearly five years, the Soul Artist Journal explored weekly the art of living a meaningful, connected existence that cultivates a sense of well-being. Though the posts were diverse, there was an underlying theme: how do we nourish the soul?
What does it mean to be a Soul Artist? The SAJ articles offered reflections on those little, ordinary human moments of the day: a cup of tea, a fading flower in the garden, puttering in the kitchen, a stroll through the neighborhood or along a wild riverbank. Each entry, in differing ways, extoled the importance of opening our senses and heart to the living field of intelligence we are continually steeped in. How does the moment feel? What is on our plate to share? How can we nurture and befriend the body as ecstatic resource for a life of vitality and well-being? What is ours to bring to this multidimensional relationship—with place, humans, earth’s denizens, and planet? What is the Deep Imagination? And how do we heal and evolve?
The Journal traveled its own spiral and arc, varying in length and tone over the years. Yet it always sought to illuminate conscious living and embodiment, gratitude, creativity, personal authenticity and transformation, seasonal food, natural beauty, and a sensual connection with nature and earth.
In short, these writings celebrate a life for the senses… and the ordinary sacred.
Here, a first collection of posts selected by the author L.R. Heartsong. Perhaps pour yourself a cup of something, and then sit somewhere comfortable and quiet. Inhale a couple of deep breaths, sweeping aside the noisy voices and demands of the day—if only for now—and take a little journey for your soul.
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Praise for the compilation:
“Like the classic polenta dish that L.R. Heartsong describes in such glorious detail, the writings compiled here are seriously delicious. Consume slowly, savor each rich detail, and nourish yourself with the small miracles of sensual pleasure that make life, even amid all the madness, worth living.” ~ Mary Reynolds Thompson, award-winning author of Reclaiming the Wild Soul
“For several years, L.R. Heartsong’s Soul Artist Journal landed gracefully in my in-box once a week. I was an avid reader, admiring his calm and lyrical voice, knowing I would be given a connection with the everyday sacred: bare feet on earth, a grandmother tree outside his door, a lit candle, a fragrant soup, a hike in the mountains, the soul of cooking. This was mixed with a wry, searching mind, soulful melancholy, refreshing honesty, deep connection to spirit, and candid self-reflection. Always a varied and luscious feast! After reading, I emerged more engaged with life, slower, more careful, less distracted. Thank you, River, for bringing together some of these kernels into a book. They are needed in the world.” ~ Carolyn Brigit Flynn, author of Communion: In Praise of the Sacred Earth, editor of Sisters Singing: Blessings, Prayers, Art, Songs, Poetry & Sacred Stories by Women
“River is a brilliant writer who shares deep and important life wisdom with his readers.” ~ Michael Stone, Conversations Radio (arewelistening.net)
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