‘To Kneel & Kiss the Earth’

‘To Kneel & 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 Journal—something other than simply the website with its archives. Voilà! Finally, a first collection of posts: some that I especially enjoyed or received a good share of attention, others because they somehow felt “right” to be included in such an overview and time capsule. All years of this e-column are represented, though they are not chronological or in any particular order, covering a wide patch of sacred ground—yet each post explores, in its own manner, ways that we nourish the soul. 

From the Preface:

     “My deepest gratitude to all the readers of the Journal, particularly those who shared it with others, especially the dedicated subscribers and followers who opened the posts every Sunday morning with their cup of coffee or tea, and the generous souls who reached out to me with comments and praise. You kept me going, showing up at the page for nearly five years, determined to offer another glimpse of beauty from the heart and soul.

     Gentle reader, may you find daily inspiration to continue along the sometimes arduous track in your own search to bring something of value to the ‘more-than-human’ world. And I hope you’ll find a generous helping of soulful nourishment in these pages.”

With a gently luminous heart, TO KNEEL AND KISS THE EARTH 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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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, award-winning 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.’ … 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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