In burning the midnight oil, word-wrangler extraordinaire Phil Cousineau has gathered an eclectic and electric collection of soulful poems and prose from great thinkers throughout the ages. These "night thoughts" vividly illustrate alfred North Whitehead's liberating description of "what we do without solitude" and also evoke Henry David Thoreau's reverie, "Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
Burning the Midnight Oil: Illuminating Words for the Long Night's Journey Into Day #ad - The night writers in cousineau's vesperal collection range from saints, and shamans to astronomers and naturalists, poets, and tells of ancient tales and shining passages from the most brilliant albeit insomniac writers of today. John of the cross to annie dillard, beethoven to The Song of Songs, this refreshingly insightful anthology soothes and inspires all who struggle through the dark of the night.
The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel SacredConari Press #ad - Through literary travel stories and meditations, award-winning writer, filmmaker, and host of the acclaimed Global Spirits series Phil Cousineau shows readers that travel is worthy of mindfulness and spiritual examination. Whether traveling to mecca or memphis, Stonehenge or Cooperstown, one’s journey becomes meaningful when the traveler’s heart and imagination are open to experiencing the sacred.
With remarkable stories from famous travelers, and modern-day pilgrims, poets, The Art of Pilgrimage is for the mindful traveler who longs for something more than diversion and escape. Whether we’re planning a trip or buying a secondhand copy of Siddhartha, we’re always searching for some kind of pilgrimage.
The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred #ad - And although we no longer partake in this nomadic life, the instinct to travel remains. This edition of the art of pilgrimage includes a new preface by the author, and stories, more than seventy illustrations, parables, myths, and quotes from many travelers and many faiths. We are descendants of nomads. A literary and meditative guide to bringing purpose and meaning to every journey you take, now updated with a new preface by the author.
Stoking the Creative Fires: 9 Ways to Rekindle Passion and ImaginationConari Press #ad - Stoking the Creative Fires: 9 Ways to Rekindle Passion and Imagination #ad - In stoking the creative fires, award-winning author and filmmaker, Phil Cousineau, gives readers the tools they need to alleviate burnout and rekindle passion in all areas of their lives. Based on twenty years of teaching, artists of all kinds, and from his own experience, ideas, and exercises drawn from historical and contemporary figures, Cousineau offers a multitude of stories, to inspire readers on ways to live a passionate and creative life.
Soul Moments: Marvelous Stories of Synchronicity--Meaningful Coincidences from a Seemingly Random World: Stories from the Marvelous World of Meaningful CoincidencesConari Press #ad - While carl jung and others have dealt with the theory of synchronicity, until now no one has highlighted the stories themselves. Synchronicitythe occurrence of meaningful coincidencehas fascinated scholars and ordinary folks alike for enturies. Recognizing these soul moments help us follow the thread of our lives and sense the invisible bonds that connect us.
Phil cousineau has put together a fascinating collection of these intriguing stories from wellknown authors such as Huston Smith and Larry Dossey, as well as people from many other walks of life. Borrowing examples from literature, and movies such as Casablanca, Cousineau shows that synchronicity is an unfolding, myths, poetry, a sudden connection to our soul and destiny.
The Painted Word: A Treasure Chest of Remarkable Words and Their OriginsViva Editions #ad - The words themselves range from commonplace — like biscuit, such as hector; metamorphosis words, from the Basque shepherds who came to the American West; words from myths, a twice-baked cake for Roman soldiers — to loanwords including chaparral, like silly, which evolved holy to goofy in a mere thousand years; and words well worthy of revival, such as carrytale, a wandering storyteller.
The Painted Word: A Treasure Chest of Remarkable Words and Their Origins #ad - To untangle the knot of interlocking meanings of these painted words, logophile and mythologist Phil Cousineau begins each fascinating word entry with his own brief definition. He then fills it in with a tint of etymology and a smattering of quotes that show how the word is used, ending with a list of companion words.
Whether old-fangled or brand new, all the words included in The Painted Word possess an ineffable quality that makes them luminous.
Books for LivingVintage #ad - In each chapter, he discusses a particular book and how it relates to concerns we all share. Throughout, schwalbe tells stories from his life and focuses on the way certain books can help us honor those we've loved and lost, and also figure out how to live each day more fully. From the author of the beloved new york times best-selling The End of Your Life Book Club, an inspiring and magical exploration of the power of books to shape our lives in an era of constant connectivity.
Books for Living #ad - For will schwalbe, reading is a way to entertain himself but also to make sense of the world, and to find the answers to life’s questions big and small. These books span centuries and genres—from stuart little to The Girl on the Train, from Giovanni's Room to Rebecca, from David Copperfield to Wonder, and from 1984 to Gifts from the Sea.
Autumn Light: Season of Fire and FarewellsKnopf #ad - And as the maple leaves begin to redden and the heat begins to soften, Iyer offers us a singular view of Japan, in the season that reminds us to take nothing for granted. From one of our most astute observers of human nature, mortality, a far-reaching exploration of Japanese history and culture and a moving meditation on impermanence, and grief.
For years, japan, pico iyer has split his time between California and Nara, Hiroko, where he and his Japanese wife, have a small home. Iyer leads us through the year following his father-in-law's death, introducing us to the people who populate his days: his ailing mother-in-law, many years his senior, who often forgets that her husband has died; his absent brother-in-law, who, who severed ties with his family years ago but to whom Hiroko still writes letters; and the men and women in his ping-pong club, traverse their autumn years in different ways.
Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells #ad - In a country whose calendar is marked with occasions honoring the dead, this question is more urgent than anywhere else. But when his father-in-law dies suddenly, calling him back to Japan earlier than expected, Iyer begins to grapple with the question we all have to live with: how to hold on to the things we love, even though we know that we and they are dying.
A Year with Rumi: Daily ReadingsHarperOne #ad - Join them in recognizing and embracing the divine in the sublime, in the ordinary, and in us all. Coleman barks has played a central role in making the Sufi mystic Rumi the most popular poet in the world. Join coleman barks and Rumi for a year-long journey into the mystical and sacred within and without. A year with rumi brings together 365 of Barks's elegant and beautiful translations of Rumi's greatest poems, including fifteen never-before-published poems.
Barks includes an introduction that sets Rumi in his context and an Afterword musing on poetry of the mysterious and the sacred.
Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother and Daughter Journey to the Sacred Places of Greece, Turkey, and FrancePenguin Books #ad - A wise and involving book about feminine thresholds, Traveling with Pomegranates is both a revealing self-portrait by a beloved author and her daughter, a writer in the making, spiritual growth, and renewal, and a momentous story that will resonate with women everywhere. Look out for ann kidd taylor's new novel, The Shark Club, which will be published in June 2017.
Sue monk kidd has touched millions of readers with her novels The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair and with her acclaimed nonfiction. Sue, caught in a creative vacuum, longing to reconnect with her grown daughter, coming to grips with aging, struggles to enlarge a vision of swarming bees into a novel.
Between 1998 and 2000, sue and Ann travel throughout Greece and France. Ann, heartbroken and benumbed by the classic question about what to do with her life, just graduated from college, grapples with a painful depression. An introspective and beautiful dual memoir by the #1 New York Times bestselling novelist and her daughter.
Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother and Daughter Journey to the Sacred Places of Greece, Turkey, and France #ad - As this modern-day demeter and persephone chronicle the richly symbolic and personal meaning of an array of inspiring figures and sites, they also each give voice to that most protean of connections: the bond of mother and daughter. In this intimate dual memoir, she and her daughter, Ann, offer distinct perspectives as a fifty-something and a twenty-something, each on a quest to redefine herself and to rediscover each other.
Walking in Wonder: Eternal Wisdom for a Modern WorldConvergent Books #ad - With a foreword by krista tippett–a poignant and beautiful collection of conversations and presentation from John O’Donohue’s work with close friend and former radio broadcaster John Quinn John O'Donohue, beloved author of To Bless the Space Between Us, is widely recognized as one of the most charismatic and inspirational enduring voices on the subjects of spirituality and Celtic mysticism.
Walking in Wonder: Eternal Wisdom for a Modern World #ad - Presented in o'donohue's inimitable lyrical style, and filled with rich insights that will feed the "unprecedented spiritual hunger" he observed in modern society, Walking in Wonder is a welcome tribute to a much-loved author whose work still touches the lives of millions around the world. These timeless exchanges, aging, the medieval mystic Meister Eckhart, landscape, span a number of years and explore themes such as imagination, collated and introduced by Quinn, and death.