In a wise and heart-centered way Daphne Stevens gently charts a new map for midlife women in her book "Watercolor Bedroom."
Each of her fifty-two essays is followed by questions for insight and reflection.
Daphne's heart-warming personal stories show how we tend the "soul of the world" when "we honor our bodies and feed our souls and spark our imaginations and listen to our dreams."
She says it is a blessing that midlife women find it harder to hide behind roles, rules and relationships and challenges us to "fully occupy the space where we stand."
Some of her gentle guideposts include resisting the illusion that we can earn our space on the planet by sacrificing ourselves and to tell the truth when truth serves the emergence of our higher selves. Also how the greatest gift we can give or be given is the willingness to witness pain without fixing and advising.
Her book has a womb-like quality that makes it safe for us to explore and shift our physical and emotional frequency and to acknowledging our power...in the service of discovering who we are underneath our assigned roles.
Watercolor Bedroom is a book that speaks to the souls of women ready for the adventure of midlife. This is a terrific book for any woman entering the age of 'Autumn,' as Dr. Daphne Stevens calls it. Instead of pining over lost youth, Watercolor Bedroom calls readers to embrace the wisdom and renewal that midlife brings. I highly recommend it!
I thoroughly enjoyed Watercolor Bedroom:Creating a Soulful Midlife. Each chapter is like a soothing cup of tea in the afternoon, even if you don't have any tea. The book gently inspires confidence, courage, and faith in one's own intuition. I emailed Daphne Stevens a year ago at her website (daphnestevens.com)and immediately received a warm and helpful response. She is a compassionately creative woman whose book deserves wide readership.
Watercolor Bedroom Creating a Soulful Midlife takes the reader through 52 chapters of personal stories, insights, and aspects of spirituality for women in the second half of life.
Questions for Reflection follow each chapter extending an invitation for women in midlife to enter a more conscious creative aging process. It is a guidebook for fostering personal growth and would be a wonderful book to be used in women's groups.
The author, Dr. Daphne Stevens has written a book that will continue to speak to women in midlife. I highly recommend this book.
Linda M. Smith, PhD, LMFT Certified Sage-ing Leader Tallahassee, Florida