In The Bones and Breath, Heartsong asserts that we each have an essential gift to bring to the world and through actively embodying the soul—primarily by means of the body and our expanded, physical senses—we undertake a profound, transpersonal journey; one that serves humanity and the Earth at a crucial phase of our collective evolution.
Our life task is not to transcend the body but to become fully human by descending into the bones and breath, to there discover the gift our soul has to offer to the ‘more-than-human’ world. Heartsong seeks to bring men out of their heads and down into the bodysoul, there to discover their personal authenticity as a wild soul.
Eros is the key. Eros is something much more than romantic love—it is the elemental force of allurement that plays a pivotal role in our evolution as conscious beings and pulls us towards our destiny. The Sacred Masculine as an important archetype now making a much-needed return to assist humanity, as men shift from being the single most destructive force on the planet to a life-sustaining and interconnected one.
Interwoven with personal stories and seven primary Soul Skills and Embodiment Exercises, The Bones and Breath is part inspirational narrative, part ‘how-to’ manual for a soul-centered life.
REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS
“River is a brilliant writer who shares deep and important life wisdom with his readers.” –Michael Stone, Conversations Radio (arewelistening.net)
“Inside each one of us swirls and surges a mysterious longing, which L. R. Heartsong knows to be the essential catalyst for the larger, unique, and more dangerous life that awaits each one of us. The Bones and Breath offers a persuasive revisioning of masculinity, one that supports both women and men in our search for a meaningful and passionate way to participate in our great transformative times.” –Bill Plotkin, author of Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche and Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche
“Socrates stated that the unexamined life is not worth living. In The Bones and Breath, L.R Heartsong leads us into that examination in a fresh and meaningful way. Asking what it means to be a wild soul in the modern world, Heartsong brings men out of their heads into the bodysoul and heart to find the answers. Yet this is much more than a men’s book. He skillfully shares his deep research and understanding of passion and creativity; sacred masculinity and spiritual ecology; myth and shadow; sensory communion with nature; sex and relationships; the sensual soul and the wise heart. Weaving together the body, soul, and nature, here is a re-imagining of what it means to be fully human. This is a compelling read.” –Jay Harman, author of The Shark’s Paintbrush