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Our Inherited Wisdom: 54 Inspirations from Nature & Poetry
Kate Vogt. IngramSpark, $29 trade paper (366p) ISBN 978-1-7331819-2-1
Yoga instructor Vogt (Mala of the Heart) presents a collection of illuminating observations on the reverence and spirituality found in human interconnectedness and the natural world. A childhood on a Kansas farm and an adult life spent traveling the world instilled in Vogt, she writes, a deep love of nature and appreciation of its power. Focusing on themes of animals, rivers, senses, light, solitude, and love, she presents serene color photos, poems, commentary, and relaxation practices to increase one’s awareness and reverence for what she calls the sacredness of everyday moments. For instance, she describes the delight of toddlers scampering through the park (“a joyful exploration and atonement to the world”), the sight of deer in the pre-dawn, the “divine nature” of touch, and the cycles of life. Vogt also meditates movingly on the nature of turtles, the universal symbol of wisdom, patience, and persistence who “model the pathway to lasting truth as gradual and barely visible.” Poems from various cultures—including African, Catholic, Hindu, Navajo, and Tao selections—round out the volume. Readers of spiritual self-help will welcome these cheerful poems and soothing meditations on the grace of nature. (Self-published)

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on 07/31/2020

Release date 12/01/2019

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