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Field Guide to Now: Notes On Mindfulness And Life In The Present Tense Hardcover – September 4, 2012
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A Field Guide To Now is a reference manual for creating an extraordinary life out of ordinary moments. This collection of illustrated essays and field notes explores the tenuous line between survival and thriving; between wanderlust and making a home; between being and becoming; and about how these things inevitably converge in the scarce, haphazard, simple moments of right now. It is both an invitation to create whatever opportunity your heart yearns for, and proof that it is possible. Reinvent the way you engage with the moment and explore the texture of your present tense.
Imagine if you could look for the present moment in a field guide, the way you might look up the name of a tree you see outside your window?
For as long as you can remember, the tree has just been a tree. But when you look it up, it becomes something more—a sassafras maybe, or a tulip maple—and suddenly you can feel the way your attention toward it shifts. You recognize the way its pollen gathers fine and yellow in the weft of your bedroom screen in May, or the way its shade freckles the dying grass at the end of summer. In the act of naming it, in discovering its traits and marks, the tree becomes something more to you.
What if you could do this for all the moments that fill your life? That is what this book is about. Begin. Take note. Be right here.
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Top Customer Reviews
Upon reading the first few chapters, one may think that the book may only appeal to women or anyone that happens to have children and a family. However, that is not the case, and chapter after chapter there is something to take out of Rosalie's experiences, how human connections relate to nature but not in the respect of intense philosophical or religious reflection; her thoughts are much more practical and one where any reader may understand. She suggests this with the interactive format of the book, essays, notes, illustrations, invitations, and the old postcards of the 1960s that she has artistically and creatively reinvented that are interspersed in between essays; emulates the adage of stopping and smelling the roses or seeing the beauty that exists in just about anything, especially old postcards that may have been discarded. But in addition to the artistic display, Rosalie shares her experiences of encouragement, fears, thoughts, uncertainties, and through each of these traits, growth and maturity may happen in one's life.Read more ›
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