Advance praise for the compilation:

“I’ve been reading your archives. Weeks ago, I’d meant to begin reading – one or two every now and then, I’d thought, but rather I’ve found myself reading and re-reading everything I could find. You are an amazing creature. Of all the things we’ve piled up for ‘someday’, perhaps first on my own list is to speak to you at length about your writing and to encourage you to publish further. More widely. Bravissimo, you are.” ~ Marlena de Blasi, internationally bestselling author of A Thousand Days in Venice, and A Thousand Days in Tuscany  

“River is a brilliant writer who shares deep and important life wisdom with his readers.” ~ Michael Stone, Conversations Radio (

“For several years, L.R. Heartsong’s Soul Artist Journal landed gracefully in my in-box once a week. I was an avid reader, admiring his calm and lyrical voice, knowing I would be given a connection with the everyday sacred: bare feet on earth, a grandmother tree outside his door, a lit candle, a fragrant soup, a hike in the mountains, the soul of cooking. This was mixed with a wry, searching mind, soulful melancholy, refreshing honesty, deep connection to spirit, and candid self-reflection. Always a varied and luscious feast! After reading, I emerged more engaged with life, slower, more careful, less distracted. Thank you, River, for bringing together some of these kernels into a book. They are needed in the world.”  ~ Carolyn Brigit Flynn, author of Communion: In Praise of the Sacred Earth, editor of Sisters Singing: Blessings, Prayers, Art, Songs, Poetry & Sacred Stories by Women

“River’s writing is exquisitely crafted. His poetic words will awaken in you a new way of seeing our world, and inspire you to renew your connection with the Earth. These writings are a treasure that you’ll return to again & again.” ~ Jocelyn Mercado, founder of Sacred Planet

“To discover L.R. Heartsong’s writing is to dip your feet into a pristine spring-fed stream that takes your breath away. His eloquent writing, his love of Gaia, his healing words are a balm to a world that has forgotten how to connect to the deep, the sacred, the pureness of our core essence as part of the Sacred Whole. Thank you, beautiful friend, for continuing to flow with your stunning words and work!” ~ Mare Cromwell, author of The Great Mother Bible, as well as Messages from Mother… Earth Mother, and If I gave you God’s phone number

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Reader comments:

“Oh how I cherish this book… like a perfect cup of tea on a rainy day, or the first bloom of my amaryllis, or an intimate conversation with a cherished friend. I keep it by my bedside. A gift to myself, a sweet offering to go to sleep with and inspiration to start my day with. Heartsong awakens the inner songs of the heart, gently guiding the reader to look at the world through an illumined lens, to bless each moment with a kind of poetic artistry that comes from how we view the world and life, around and within us. He inspires a kind of intimacy that opens the heart and graces everything it meets. Give a gift to yourself or to a friend.”—Marlie A.

“Want a great book to read to wake your soul up? This book is that. …  Reading it gets me present to the infinite possibility that we are all in this together: people, animals, plants, bugs… all living on this planet. I got it – like really got it – that it is in softness and stillness that we can see our connection. …  The format of the book is wonderful. Small bites. Easily digestable. Quickly inspired. And smile of enlightenment accomplished. …  My favorite line in this book is ‘evolution always happens at the fringes, and the ‘edge dwellers’ are the ones deeply attuned to the environment in which we breathe, grow, make love and dream’. …  L.R. Heartsong has a way with words that takes me into the spirit world… another plane of existence… this book is a beautiful work of poetic expression. … P.S. If you like David Whyte, you’ll love this book…” —John Wayne Zimmerman, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Facebook Marketing

“If you’ve followed L.R. Heartsong for any time at all, you already know that his writing is exquisite. Each and every time I read his work, I am transported to another place and time—to an intimate connection with Earth, plants, wind, sky, and also with myself. … I have been treasuring this new book which I received about 2 weeks ago. I save it for quiet moments when I am able to curl up with a hot cup of tea and completely sink into a space of inspiration and connection with the deeper aspects of life, the unseen realms, and the voice of Mother Earth, all of which shine brightly through River’s skillful writing. … Breathtakingly beautiful, from the front cover to the last page.” –JM

“There is no agenda to this book, it is not an instruction manual. Just a gentle reminder how much joy there can be in walking barefoot, lying on the earth listening to the wind in the trees, smelling deeply the scents of nature, feeling the connection to everything around us and to us. Of being creative, nourishing your soul & encouraging others to do the same by your example. To notice small joys and be grateful for them. An absolute delight of a book, so much gratitude to L.R Heartsong, may you continue to walk in beauty, leading the way for others.”—Anna M.

“These wonderful stories lighten my soul and make me realize that there are people like myself who see ‘magic in the mundane’.”—Jonnie Dee Wagner

“I read half of it in one sitting, I was enjoying it so much. Like being wrapped in my favourite blanket on a veranda in the summer rain whilst drinking rose and chamomile tea. A delight for the senses. I’m very grateful… keep up the inspiring work!”—UK reader

“I have enjoyed reading your book these past weeks. It’s been wonderful to curl up on the couch and be transported to a higher plane with each chapter. You really have a talent for writing that lifts the soul. Thank you!” —Shauna Z.

“A couple of weeks ago, LR Heartsong contacted me to let me know he was sending me a copy of his new book, TO KNEEL AND KISS THE EARTH. He had used one of my earlier comments to him (about his Soul Artist Journal) in this book and wanted to thank me by graciously gifting me an autographed copy. I had said, “Your writing – words chosen, scenes described, emotions created – touches me like nothing else. It is a beautiful gift that leaves me vacant and overflowing at the same time. Thank you is not enough for what you give.” I mean that now more than ever. … This man has such a beautiful way of shaping his world and an even lovelier way of writing about it. His is a journey into profound spiritual awareness through keen observation, stillness, and intention. … Since receiving the copy, my morning reading has become a sanctuary. I find myself returning to “Leaving my Shoes along the Trail” the very first thing before I can continue from where I left off the day before. The words of that chapter in particular, though they came from another, feel like my own. LR Heartsong, thank you for this book, thank you for your light, and thank you for reminding me of everything that’s so easy for me to forget but that’s so important to remember.”—Cindy H. (via Facebook)

“Whether you read this book from start to finish, or serendipitously open a page at random, this book is a complete treasure. L.R Heartsong is a true wordsmith, a man who writes from the heart. Both moving and refreshing in his honesty, his writing is a tonic for the soul and spirit, a must for anyone who cares about the essence of life, creativity and healing the world.”—Amazon review (UK)

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Reader comments for the Soul Artist Journal:

“You have this gift of being able to fearlessly write absolute raw emotion. It is beautiful.” ~ Susan Marie H.

“Every time I read your posts, I am taken. In. All the way. The trembling depth of your honesty and vulnerability. The courage to keep moving bare against earth, sky, along the page of your journey. The sacred masculinity is so poignant and needed in this world with the over load and over indulgence of the sacred feminine, I can only imagine someone will recognize that your work needs to be gifted to the world. Thank you for your tremendous perseverance, commitment and heart. You are a gem among men.” ~ Leslie C.

“A reminder… that’s what you are… a beautiful reminder. It’s time to put down my ‘stones’ and dip my feet into the ocean. What a gift you’ve given yet again. Thank you!” ~ Gabrielle R.

“Always beautifully said. Thank you for sharing your lovely musings with us during the last four years! I look forward each and every week to your posting, as it always finds words that speak to me. I found you during your podcast time (I miss that BTW) and still play them when I need a bit of a ‘return to nature’ reminder. You are truly appreciated and I am ever grateful for your sharing!” ~ Susan H.

“Once again, you lift my soul to a higher place. Thank you and blessings!” ~ Shauna Z.

“Thank you for your beautiful words.” ~ Barry S.

“Every week you bare your soul to the world in beautiful writing. You are my hero!” ~ Merissa B.

“I cried as I read this for it matches my world perfectly, and because tonight I feel the world’s woes, and her pains as well as ours. Thank you for voicing it for me too. I’m an artist and see and draw, paint or create how I’m feeling but sometimes words escape me. I’m indebted to you. Blessings and love to you.” ~ Lynne H.

“This is is a beautiful bit of writing! I love your way with words. Such a gorgeous soul shines through with each one. Thank you for writing.” ~ Joy P.

“I would like to say to you, dearest River… you are truly special. Thank you and thank you even more for this journey.” ~ Gillian T.

“You are amazing.” ~ Roger C.

“Loved, loved, LOVED this post! Thanks for putting into words… the art of food! You inspired me to go to my local city market this weekend, despite the heat predicted, where I hope to find a bit of magic and mindfulness. As always, thank you for sharing, it made my day… again.” ~ SH

“Your words cause a stirring of the artistic… and a need to live more mindfully and creatively. Thank you so very much.” ~ JWP

“As usual, this post resonated strongly with me and comes at the perfect time. Your writings always seem to be speaking directly to my soul, exactly what I need to hear… you so eloquently voice what is so very jumbled in my head. Your words never fail to move me. Thank you!” ~ Theresa R.

“As a late-comer to Soul Artist Journal, I have looked forward to receiving your posts. I so enjoy them, as a reminder to ponder the simple joys of life…” ~ Christine S.

“Thank you so much again for sharing your heart and reopening mine.” ~ Pamela B.

“Your writing – words chosen, scenes described, emotions created – touches me like nothing else. It is a beautiful gift that leaves me vacant and overflowing at the same time. Thank you is not enough for what you give.” ~ Cindy H.

“Beautiful, as always. Such a gift to read your words.” ~ Randy L.

“Please… keep the words flowing so eloquently, so poetically and help more folks find their way back home to their deepest inner soul space…” ~ Mare C.

“This is a beautiful, vulnerable, perfect reminder. Thank you for writing and sharing this piece so sprawled out and open.” ~ L.C.

“Oh my! It’s been a while since I’ve been so moved by words, words that seem to speak both for and to my soul with a stirring depth and intimacy and a soothing resonance. Thank you for sharing this raw beauty, for this company on the journey.” ~ Marie S.

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