Reviewer Janet Walker: Janet is the author of Colour To Die For, first of the Fee Weston Mystery Series. Janet lives in Australia and when she is not writing about P.I. Fee Weston's fight for truth, justice and a livable cash flow, she writes articles for magazines and fund raises for Australia's wildlife carers - heroes of the bush. For more about Janet and Fee visit Janet's WEBSITE
Author: Elizabeth Murray
Publisher: Rodale Books
Simplicity in western society life styles is a much under-valued commodity. Do we really need the latest digital technology, designer fashions and holidays in hip locations to fuel our journey along the road marked ‘everlasting happiness?’ Maybe all that’s needed is to open the door in your mind signposted ‘imagination and vision’ and follow the avenue where hope and purpose mingle with the heady perfume of life affirming blooms - creativity, spirituality, self-love and contentment all wait to be picked. Best of all: you don’t have to max out your credit card or travel to deepest darkest Africa to reap the rewards of a life less complicated – to get started: read Elizabeth Murray’s new book, Living Life in Full Bloom, 120 Daily Practices to Deepen Your Passion, Creativity & Relationships.
This lovely book explores four inspirational entities – the Gardener, Artist, Lover and Spirit Weaver. The mystery of how to connect with and nurture these personalities within yourself is explained simply, with encouraging advice on achieving not just self-knowledge but increasing feelings of delight, passion and gratitude for the gift of life.
Writer, Elizabeth Murray includes personal experiences in the book’s introduction and I got the feeling that as an experienced, joyful inner gardener she is passionate about sharing the way to expand life to heighten intimacy, fulfil dreams and what’s really important: allow the spirit to run free. Ensuring learning and creativity are mixed with a healthy dollop of self love is at the heart of Elizabeth’s recipe for successful living.
Four separate sections are devoted to Gardener, Artist, Lover and Spirit Weaver. I particularly liked the pages in the Gardener section under creating a sacred space and welcoming the birds. There is though, heaps of interesting, unusual and fun information on how-to-do-life-properly all through Living Life in Full Bloom. Examples of the narrative that will help and heal are: ‘Becoming a Peach’, not sure if I can do that but I’ll certainly try and ‘Open to Being the Lotus, when the light is right, the lotus ascends through the water, emerging into full blossom’, this poetic notion is followed by advice on how to overcome painful times.
30 guided activities for each pathway help readers take small but vital steps to redefine their busy lives and put them on a path to discover what’s important to them and how to gently, little-by-little change focus so that self realisation and fulfilment are not just a dream but a reality.
There are profiles of ‘bloomers’; all personal friends of Elizabeth Murray, these full bloomers have had the courage to live their dreams; caring, sharing and loving, their life experiences are an inspiration.
Going on a long trip without a map is something most people wouldn’t attempt so it’s surprising that the most important journey any of us take – life, is more often than not, uncharted. The last chapter in Living Life in Full Bloom, Life Mapping is great, it explains how to find out who you are, where you are going and how to get there – the really useful advice includes: getting started on your life map, exploring where you’ve been and deciding on the right future path, identifying passions, skills and working out where you could offer a helping hand to those in need.
Elizabeth Murray’s gorgeous vintage photographs were selected with care to reflect the text and this would be a delightful book to give as a gift. Actually, it would make a great gift for the most important person in the world; you. Living Life in Full Bloom, a book to enlighten and enrich your life.