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Product Details

  • Paperback: 74 pages
  • Publisher: Essence of Laurel (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615394302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615394305
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 7.8 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,897,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Just what is the Essence of Laurel and when did it manifest itself? How did I become an inspirational writer and artist at this time in my life?  
I am a woman who experienced a life-changing event in 2009 - the death of my husband of 42 years - which transformed me into being the person that I am today. Through the process of loss and grieving, my creativity unfolded and my voice emerged. From my spiritual core comes Essence of Laurel's "Art from the Heart" - which includes my artwork, first book "Emerging Voices," writings and the newly created blog called  "Metamorphosis-Your Stories. 
Art from the Heart is my playground; a place where I can tap into my innermost creativity as an inspirational writer and artist. The surprise is that it came at a time when I thought that the next chapters in my life would be lonely; without purpose or passion. Instead I have been given the gift of a renewed sense of life, its possibilities and most importantly, an appreciation for living in the present moment.
My first book, "Emerging Voices," was published in 2010 and revised in 2013.  This  journal is a compilation of my original artwork and inspirational poetry which speaks to the many faces of loss and/or life transitions. Death, an unexpected teacher, was my transformative metamorphosis that took me to my "essence".
  • Because I wanted others to "use" my words and artwork to help them while on their journey through any kind of loss, I intentionally included blank pages within my book to be written upon.
  • Our human experience, whether in a crisis or a life transition, continuously gives us the opportunity to learn and grow.  We can choose to stay in a place of sorrow and regret, or embrace these life-altering experiences from which we can discover a new perspective, sense of understanding and serenity.
Several of my articles and stories have been published by the Open to Hope Foundation, Author's Den, Baby Boomer Women and More.com.   My integrated digital artwork is shown at art shows here in Florida and can also be purchased on the Fine Art America site.
My hope is that my inspirational writing and artwork touches something within you and speaks to your heart.

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Introduction
 
We have all experienced or will encounter loss and transition in life.  It shows up in many faces and forms ~ death, divorce, separation, loss of purpose or value, the transience of time (a precious commodity), and the passing of our youth and/or physicality.
 
Our human experience, whether in a crisis or a life transition, continuously gives us the opportunity to learn and grow.  We can choose to stay in a place of sorrow and regret, or embrace these life-altering experiences from which we can discover a new perspective, sense of understanding and serenity.
 
My words and art have a purpose ~ to take you on a journey to your heart. As you go inward and your own unique feelings or thoughts surface, listen to that Emerging Voice.   Find the courage to embrace your human spirit, say "I see you" and then write, write, write!
 
Listen to your music ... Find your rhythm ... Celebrate this dance called Life!
 
Laurel
 
 

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About Laurel D. Rund - Essence of Laurel - http://essenceoflaurel.com

It began in 2009 when a life-changing event transformed me into the woman I am today. Never could I have imagined that the death of my husband of 42 years would take me on a journey through loss and grief to a redefined sense of self. Death, an unexpected teacher, was my transformative metamorphosis. The slow and painful healing process unfolded my creativity and, in what I can only describe as a "new normal," Essence of Laurel was born.

The surprise is that it came at a time when I thought that the next chapters in my life would be lonely; without purpose or passion. Instead I have been given the gift of a renewed sense of life, its possibilities and most importantly, an appreciation for living in the present moment.

My first book, "Emerging Voices" has a purpose ~ to serve as a journal and healing catalyst for anyone who has experienced a loss. The art and poetry within is a testimony as to what can happen when we acknowledge grief in all its forms. It allows for the discovery of a new perspective which will lead you on a journey of self-discovery and renewal.

Our human experience, whether in a crisis or a life transition, continuously gives us the opportunity to learn and grow. We can choose to stay in a place of sorrow and regret, or embrace these life-altering experiences from which we can discover a new way of being.
My hope is that my inspirational writing and 'Art from the Heart' touches something within you. Listen to your music ... Find your rhythm ... Celebrate this dance called Life

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You'll want to make time to read the whole book in one sitting.
Anne L. Holmes
Author and artist, Laurel opens her heart and shares her journey through her poetry and beautiful artwork.
ann&heather
Emerging Voices...Living On: A Journey Through Loss to Renewal is the story of Laurel's grief.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michele on October 31, 2013
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Laurel's book, Emerging Voices, will make you cry, touch your heart, give you hope and take you on a beautiful journey. Laurel has been through the death of her loving, husband and then through an amazing transition in life. Go on this incredible journey with her and experience each stage of her grief. You feel her pain, you feel her soul, you feel her essence and you feel a spiritual connection with her. She will really empower you to move on with a greater sense of understanding. She heals and you heal. You will grow along with her. Her poetry and words are exquisite. I love how she writes! Each poem is better than the one before. And, in the end . . . she finds love again. Laurel's art work is an extension of her beautiful essence. The combination of her poetry and her inspiring illustrations is magical. She expresses so much of herself in her art work. Each image has a story of it's own. She also includes areas in the book to journal. What a great idea! Thank you Laurel for sharing something so personal with us. I know you will help many women! I highly recommend this book. Michele Penn (author of Peace in the Present Moment with Eckhart Tolle and Byron Katie, Dance in the Garden and The Faces Behind the Pages that Inspire.
Peace in the Present MomentDance in the Garden: Award winning Photographer from Eckhart Tolle and Byron Katie's book, Peace in the Present Moment (Volume 1)The Faces behind the Pages that Inspire (Volume 1)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leonard Fleisig TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 4, 2013
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Turn back, dull earth, and find thy centre out." Romeo & Juliet Act II Scene 1

First things first: The author of Emerging Voices, Laurel Rund, is my sister. I lived through the loss of my brother-in-law, really my brother when you get right down to it, of more than 40 years. I know how devastated I was by the loss that eventually gave birth to this book and can only imagine how devastated my sister was. So if you are looking for an objective, impartial review, you won't find it here. My thoughts are my own of course but they are hopelessly subjective so be guided accordingly.

I think that any time two individuals find themselves in a marriage or committed relationship there is an evolution in which two "I"s eventually merge into one "we". It is a natural and positive evolution I think but one that sometimes causes us to lose some sense of who we are. From the outside looking in it is reflected in how we describe the couple. For forty years I never said I was going to call Laurel or visit Laurel; it was always I'm going to see "Marty and Laurie". It was the same with all my siblings and long term friends and they with me. After a loss like this it seems the pain and grief is accentuated by the loss of that `we' and that feeling of who the heck am I now?

What Laurel has done in Emerging Voices is to show how she got her "I" back. For her it was exploring writing and the visual arts. She started jotting down her thoughts in a journal, writing notes, poetry and painting. Emerging Voices consists of a series of Laurel's comments and/or poems matched up with a piece of art Laurel has created. This is set out in the form of a journal with plenty of space in between each set for the reader to set out his/her notes or thoughts as they see fit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kim boyd on November 15, 2013
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This sincere, written from the depths of her soul book, will soothe and aid people going through the most painful experience a human can suffer, that is grief. As I read each page I identified with the raw emotions that you go through in each step of grieving. I would recommend this book if you need some comfort, or if you know anyone that has experienced a loss.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rita on November 12, 2013
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Very beautiful and heart warming. A great writer and artists. You will help and inspire so many people. Thank you for sharing your journey. Very blessed our paths have crossed.
Rita Lewis
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By digsblues TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 10, 2013
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Most of us have experienced crushing grief in our lives. The author describes it very well, from the empty chair at the table, to saving the recording on the answering machine, to the urge to share an experience with our loved one and the emptiness when we realize they are gone.

The author paints a picture with her art, words, and poetry that resonated with me. There is a poem called "Eulogy to a Tree" and a painting, that really spoke to my soul. After reading more, I understand that this particular one appeals to everyone.

Here's part of the poem-

"During your time on Earth,
your spirit was one of
beauty, dignity, grace and,
above all, courage.

Then, suddenly one day you
disappeared!"

There was a large tree behind their home that was suddenly cut down suddenly. Seeing it gone brought back painful memories. So Laurel Rund wrote a poem and painted a starkly beautiful rendition of a tree. I found it online, and am planning to get it. This is her art site: [...]

For some reason trees are evocative for me. My parents had a Trembling Aspen in their yard. We found it in the mountains when it was just a sapling, and brought it home. It was a witness to the joy in our lives. After my parents' deaths, I took shoots of that Aspen home on the plane with me. One is still growing in my yard.

Emerging Voices...Living On: A Journey Through Loss to Renewal is the story of Laurel's grief. But more than that, it shows her path to transcending loss, through paintings, poems, prose, and quotes. It's very hard for most people to express their awful sadness. It's palpable here. The reader will shed some tears, but come out feeling renewed.

Highly recommended.
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