Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Nature Tonic Review

Thanks to Netgalley and Quarto Publishing Group for providing this ARC in return for an honest 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.

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