Review: Poems of Awakening

Why I picked it:  When I was offered a chance to read this book (an anthology of poems), focusing on healing, yoga and finding peace within ourselves... I had to read it.

Synopsis: Poems of Awakening is a gift to yourself and all those you love and serve. Betsy Small has chosen poems that take us through the portal of the body (Chapter One) into a deepening quiet within (Chapter Two) from which the true nature of Self is revealed (Chapter Three). From the remembering of true Self, healing on all levels arises (Chapter Four) - the heart trusts and unfolds (Chapter Five), we deeply connect in Yoga-union (Chapter Six) and grace abounds (Chapter Seven).

The poems touch the heart, invite self-examination and welcome profound emotional response. Betsy has organized her anthology in sets of poems that reflect her own spiritual journey, summoning the reader to travel a poetic path of deep awareness and personal growth.

Quick Take: Let me start my review with a poem about opening one's heart (Chapter 5: May my heart always be open)

Hope (by N. Mazza)
is the belief
that one hand
reaching to another
can eventually
touch the moon,
allowing the light
to guide us
through the night.

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know I have had a tough year. The challenges keep coming, to avoid reaching the tipping point I turn to yoga to find balance/peace.

This collection of poems held my interest, the message was well thought out and is a good companion to my yoga practice. It's a book that I will share with a friend who teaches yoga, I can't wait to listen to her recite one of the poems I highlighted.

Rating: 4/5 stars
Source: Review Copy