The Heron Dance Book of Love and Gratitude is available in these formats:
• PDF (order below)
• softcover (the newest edition, published by North Atlantic Books). Available on Amazon here
Both are 95 pages, full color throughout.
Love for life, passion for life, deep gratitude for every moment of it, extending one’s heart and brain into eternity and totality, from the fishes and the fowl to the stars, from youth to old age, from the glaciers to the tropics, from the prodigy of birth to the mystery of death, man can indeed partake in all creation if he switches on, deep inside, the will for life, the decision for happiness, the option for love. I have “decided” to love my life, to throw in my gauntlet for it, to believe in it, to find it exalting in every respect, at every moment, from the beginning to the end. . . .
- from Most of All, They Taught Me Happiness by Dr. Robert Muller
Other selections in the book explore subjects at the center of living with love and gratitude from different perspectives. Henry Miller finds unexpected late-life solace in embracing the simple quality of trust. Gabriel García Márquez muses, “If I knew that this would be the last time you pass through this door, I’d embrace you, kiss you, and call you back for one more.” Helen Keller says, “God is in me as the sun is in the color and fragrance of a flower.”
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There are 34 reviews of this book on Amazon. Here's one from an early reader:
It is a deeply reflective book which taps into several layers and angles of the human spirit, inspiring the reader to pause and listen. The watercolor images are graceful and calming, providing a soothing companion to the beautiful wisdom inside the writing. It is both a comfort and inspiration. Sitting in my rocker each night for two weeks, I turned its pages with a growing sense of peace and openness. Coaxing me into a space where I could be still and breathe, I inhaled its fresh wisdom. Now lying next to a plant by my front window, it hums a pleasant little song. Now and then I pick it up to remind myself of the importance of reflecting on life, and appreciating all its ripe beauty.
The PDF includes an introduction by former Heron Dance editor Annie O'Shaughnessy. The print edition does not.