A humble intimacy with tiny things pervades these poems of simple transcendence where the Divine shimmers in the ordinary and the overlooked: roadside flowers and weasel bones, ancestral hauntings and a wooden floor, a fading moon and a parade of black ants. This book was born from a long cycle of retreat outside of the consumer matrix and read start to finish, serves as a kind of inner memoir of a time when wisdom and quiet heartbreak emerged from fading dreams and dilemmas, as darkness, sky and the small details of the natural world served as guru and monastery. Taken as a whole, the book is a celebration of the paradoxes inherent in the search for an intimate meeting place between spirit and earth.
Jane Brunette teaches and writes about meditation, spiritual practice and creating a soulful life in challenging times. She created Writing from the Soul, an approach to writing circles that has sprouted groups around the world, and periodically offers classes and retreats on using writing as a tool of awakening. In addition, she mentors writers who want to expand their capacity for articulation and deep inner sensing. See www.writingfromthesoul.net. Trained as a psychotherapist and authorized as a Buddhist teacher, she holds an MA in Integral Counseling Psychology and an MA in Writing and Consciousness. Her writings can be found on the Huffington Post and on her website: www.flamingseed.com