Embers : One Ojibway's Meditations
Overview - "Life sometimes is hard. There are challenges. There are difficulties. There is pain. As a younger man I sought to avoid them and only ever caused myself more of the same. These days I choose to face life head on--and I have become a comet. I arc across the sky of my life and the harder times are the friction that lets the worn and tired bits drop away. Read more...
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"Life sometimes is hard. There are challenges. There are difficulties. There is pain. As a younger man I sought to avoid them and only ever caused myself more of the same. These days I choose to face life head on--and I have become a comet. I arc across the sky of my life and the harder times are the friction that lets the worn and tired bits drop away. It's a good way to travel; eventually I will wear away all resistance until all there is left of me is light. I can live towards that end."
--Richard Wagamese, Embers
In this carefully curated selection of everyday reflections, Richard Wagamese finds lessons in both the mundane and sublime as he muses on the universe, drawing inspiration from working in the bush--sawing and cutting and stacking wood for winter as well as the smudge ceremony to bring him closer to the Creator. Embers
is perhaps Richard Wagamese's most personal volume to date. Honest, evocative and articulate, he explores the various manifestations of grief, joy, recovery, beauty, gratitude, physicality and spirituality--concepts many find hard to express. But for Wagamese, spirituality is multifaceted. Within these pages, readers will find hard-won and concrete wisdom on how to feel the joy in the everyday things. Wagamese does not seek to be a teacher or guru, but these observations made along his own journey to become, as he says, "a spiritual bad-ass," make inspiring reading.
- ISBN-13: 9781771621335
- ISBN-10: 1771621338
- Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre
- Publish Date: April 2017
- Page Count: 140
- Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds
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Prominent Ojibway author Wagamese (Indian Horse) shares poetic, meditative reflections that have come to him following his morning ritual of entering a new day with prayer and a smudge of sage, sweet grass, tobacco and cedar. His words serve as metaphorical embers for Ojibway wisdom, stories, songs, relationships, and culture. He divides his book into seven chapters on themes such as stillness, gratitude, joy, and harmony, focusing on staying open to the experience of life. Meditation is not an isolated act of consciousness, he writes. Its connecting to the dream. Its being still... so that the world touches me and I touch the world. Wagamese reflects on topics such as the human connection to the earth (We live because everything else does), the value of stillness (Silence is the stuff of life), and the importance of mystery (There are periods when you exist beyond the context of time and fact and reality). This is a deeply personal yet accessible collection. Beautifully designed with full-color nature photographs throughout, it will appeal to readers interested in Ojibway culture, and also, more broadly, to those interested in meditation, spirituality, and the creative process. Agents: Chris Casuccio; John Pearce, Westwood Creative Artists (Apr.)