Nature Tonic – the English version of my new book – already received some lovely reviews on Goodreads.com. And to be honest, the reviewers even described my book better than I have myself, so I will quote them. Annie from Nonstop Reader posted this:
“Nature Tonic: A Year in My Mindful Life is a year-long journaling guide with 365 mindfulness prompts which actively encourage the reader to slow down and find balance and relax in nature. Due out 10th Sept 2019 from Quarto on their Leaping Hare Press imprint, it’s 240 pages and will be available in paperback format.
This is a beautifully calming and charmingly presented guide to re-learning awareness of our natural rhythms and re-learning to live more in sync with our natural environment. There are multiple activities to prompt examination and reflection. The days whose exercises I followed diligently and wrote down my reactions and feelings were really good days. The self-reflection exercises the author has included gently allow the reader to slow down and experience their existence instead of just rushing exhaustedly from one activity to the next at maximum speed every waking moment. The illustrations, by Clare Owen, are restful and lovely and really enhance the whole message of the book.
Though the book is dealt into 12 chapters with different themes which encompass 365 guided prompts, it’s not specifically written serially with seasonal activities. The individual activities could be experienced in any order. Whether the reader follows the prompts in order or not, there are real, proven benefits to slowing down and spending more time interacting with nature. I have no doubt that following the prompts regularly over the course of a year would give measurable positive results.
Beautifully illustrated and calmly and appealingly written, it would make a superlative gift for a journaling (or would be journaling) friend or family member, or oneself. Many meditation guides in my experience are quite full of metaphysical ‘woo’. This one is refreshingly practical and ‘woo-woo‘ free.
Cecilia from bookysort.blogspot.com wrote this review:
“Nature Tonic calls us to slow down, look past material things, acquisition, and the overwhelming busyness and stress of modern life. Research has shown that our lives are improved by spending time in nature.”If we’re cut off from nature, it has a radical impact on our nervous system and higher brain function.”
Confession time. This book made me smile as soon as I saw the cover, then proceeded to capture my heart as I read it. It is, as other reviewers have said, simply charming. The illustrations are beautiful and bring to mind the colors of natural dyes that I use in my textile and fiber arts, colors that no commercial dyes can replicate because they lack the glow and essence of nature. This book glows, too. The author shares with us fascinating and diverse bits of knowledge she’s gleaned in her research for this book and her passion for and appreciation of the subject is evident. It’s a lovely tribute to nature and the mindful life.
The book is comprised of 365 prompts that encourage us to explore a mindful, creative life in tune with nature. We’re encouraged to notice things such as the textures of flowers and the changes of birdsong as the day progresses, for instance. There are explanations of why it feels so good to splash water on our faces, and why the soil smells the way it does after a rain.
I’m completely captivated.”
So, you can see why I’m over the moon with these reviews 🙂 You can read more reviews here