Soul Songs: Reflections of Joy in Everyday Life

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Itasca Books, Oct 22, 2012 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 278 pages
In the commotion of our careers, our families, and the world going by around is, we struggle to make the pieces of our lives fit neatly together. We forget to take time for ourselves and to appreciate the everyday miracles. Not many of us can travel for months at a time to meditate on leading a healthier, more peaceful existence. After all, it is easy to believe in the positive and the beautiful when you are not trying to live everyday life at the same time. So the real question becomes how to find the inner light on a daily basis-even with a mortgage to pay, a spouse to consider, and kids to feed. A series of seasonal reflections inspired by the author's daily walks, Soul Songs: Reflections of Joy in Everyday Life offers enlightenment from your favorite chair, no passport required. Each observation is a taste of balance in the chaos, a glimpse of magic in the mundane. Nature provides us the answers, and Soul Songs encourages us to listen. Book jacket.

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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers Favorite
Heidi Levan has written inspiring, short and quick to read thoughts that cover the four seasons in "Soul Songs: Reflections of Joy in Everyday Life
". She begins with summer and her first reflection is on puff balls and how her daughter brought her one that had wilted, noting that if it was put into water, it would become a sunshine. Covering autumn, she writes of gratitude for being able to breathe, of being grateful for simple things like "Hot, Sweet Coffee" on page 81. In thinking of winter as a season, the author tells on page 141 of having "the gift of sitting quietly, alone, with a blanket around my feet and a contented cat on my lap." And in considering spring, she writes on page 243 in "Lifeline" of being "in deep awe of those who overcome staggering odds to find a peaceful place in living beyond the moment when life fell out beneath them." Heidi Levan looks at the world around her and reflects on simple things such as the price of eggs or the delight in eating brown sugar sandwiches. Then she shares her thoughts magically with the reader.
"Soul Songs" is one of those special books that readers can keep on a table beside their favorite chair so that they can refer to its short reflections anytime of day or night. Each reflection is only a page or two long and begins with a look at nature and then how that applies in everyday life. Author Heidi Levan's book is easy to read and will appeal to a wide range of readers who need something at hand to read and enjoy in quiet moments. "Soul Songs" is for the reader who looks inwardly and thinks deeply.

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About the author (2012)

Heidi Levan has been writing since she was a young girl growing up on a farm outside of Portland, Oregon. As long as she can remember, she has described her observations and shared her thoughts through words--sometimes simply writing them in her head first if she was doing something that did not allow her to put thoughts to ink. Although Heidi believes her writing talents are simply a gift she arrived with, she attributes her continued love for writing to teachers who encouraged her creativity throughout her school years. While writing is Heidi's passion, she has been a human resources director for many years. This profession has allowed her privileged insight into the commonality of all people and the opportunity to touch others with her personal and professional mission of living life with kindness, integrity, and grace. Heidi believes simplicity and love provide the finest level of living. Her dream is to share thoughtful words that inspire curiosity and positive perspectives born from living life with love.

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