‘To Kneel and Kiss the Earth’

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TO KNEEL AND KISS THE EARTH: Inspiration from the Soul Artist Journal

Over the years, repeated requests have come from readers for some sort of 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? 

TO KNEEL AND KISS THE EARTH is the first compilation volume, a gathering of posts selected from the archives and twenty-plus categories, spanning the Journal’s arc of existence. Easily accessible, these heart-full writings praise the ordinary sacred and offer inspiration for one’s daily journey.

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.

Available for purchase at online retailers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, etc.) and select bookshops.

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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.

Welcome, traveler.”

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Advance praise for the compilation:

“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)

“River’s writing is exquisitely crafted. His poetic words will awaken in you a new way of seeing our world, and inspire you to renew your connection with the Earth. These writings are a treasure that you’ll return to again & again.” ~ Jocelyn Mercado, founder of Sacred Planet

“To discover L.R. Heartsong’s writing is to dip your feet into a pristine spring-fed stream that takes your breath away. His eloquent writing, his love of Gaia, his healing words are a balm to a world that has forgotten how to connect to the deep, the sacred, the pureness of our core essence as part of the Sacred Whole. Thank you, beautiful friend, for continuing to flow with your stunning words and work!” ~ Mare Cromwell, author of The Great Mother Bible, along with Messages from Mother… Earth Mother, and If I gave you God’s phone number

“Want a great book to wake your soul up? This book is that. Reading its words gets me present to the infinite possibility that we are all in this together: people, animals, plants, bugs… all living on this planet. I got it – like really got it – that it is in softness and stillness we can see our connection. … The format of the book is wonderful. Small bites. Easily digestable. Quickly inspired. And smile of enlightenment accomplished. … My favorite line in this book is “evolution always happens at the fringes, and the ‘edge dwellers’ are the ones deeply attuned to the environment in which we breathe, grow, make love and dream.” … LR Heartsong has a way with words that takes me into the spirit world, another plane of existence… this book is a beautiful work of poetic expression. … P.S. If you like David Whyte, you’ll love this book.” ~ John Wayne Zimmerman, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Facebook Marketing

“When I am lucky enough to have a free Sunday, I bake something rustic and tasty, brew some tea, and settle down to read this guy right here. I adore him.” ~ Joy Wilson Parrish, author of Sojourn and Rust

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