Sharon Blackie – The Enchanted Life: Unlocking the Magic of the Everyday
‘Engaging and inspiring, Sharon Blackie’s beautiful book will empower people to find wonder in everyday life.’ Clover Stroud A book of natural wonders, practical guidance and life-changing empowerment. ‘To live an enchanted life is to pick up the pieces of our bruised and battered psyches, and to offer them the nourishment they long for. It is to be challenged, to be awakened, to be gripped and shaken to the core by the extraordinary which lies at the heart of the ordinary. Above all, to live an enchanted life is to fall in love with the world all over again.’ The enchanted life has nothing to do with fantasy or escapism or magical thinking: it is founded on a vivid sense of belongingness to a rich and many-layered world. It is creative, intuitive, imaginative. It thrives on work that has heart and meaning. It loves wild things, but returns to an enchanted home and garden. It respects the instinctive knowledge and playfulness of children, and relishes story, poetry and art. Taking the inspiration and wisdom that can be derived from myth, fairy tales and folk culture, this book offers a set of practical and grounded tools for enchanting our lives and the places we live in, giving us a greater sense of meaning and of belonging to the world. An inspiring, beautifully written call to re-engage with the world – giving us the tools for profound and whole-hearted participation in the adventure of life. ‘I believe that enchantment is an attitude of mind which can be cultivated, a way of approaching the world which anyone can learn to adopt: the enchanted life is possible for everybody.’Editorial ReviewsReview’A new Sharon Blackie is always a cause for celebration’ –Melissa Harrison, author of At Hawthorn Time | ‘Engaging and inspiring, Sharon Blackie’s beautiful book will empower people to find wonder in everyday life.’ –Clover Stroud, author of The Wild Other; ‘Sharon Blackie weaves a rich tableau of what a life full of wonder and authentic connection might look like, supplying practical ways to approach ancient wisdom. Her book is a beautiful roadmap to purposeful change.’ –Lynn Thomson, author of Birding with Yeats | Praise for If Women Rose Rooted: ‘I love this book. Truly, it’s mind-blowing in the most profound and exhilarating sense. This is an anthem for all we could be, an essential book for this, the most critical of recent times. I sincerely hope every woman who can read is given one, and has the time and the space to read it.’ –Manda Scott, author of Boudica and Into the Fire; ‘[A] powerful and inspiring exploration of the female relationship with landscape.’ –Melissa Harrison, author of Clay and At Hawthorn Time; ‘A beautiful, intelligent and unusual book . . . I’m hoping this book will become the anthem of our generation.’ –Kate Forsyth, author of Bitter Greens, The Wild Girl and The Beast’s Garden; ‘Destined to become a classic . . . Blackie does an admirable job of describing a beautiful, rich, intoxicating, messy, terrifying and ultimately illuminating pathway into the heart of the land and of our own souls.’ –SageWoman Magazine; ‘It was one of those rare times when I felt as if by some means of synchronicity, the right book reached me at exactly the right moment.’ –Dreaming in Stitches; ‘This book has the power to change lives, I truly believe that . . . A real game changer.’ –The Way of the BuzzardAbout the AuthorDr Sharon Blackie is an award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction, including the internationally acclaimed If Women Rose Rooted, a psychologist who has specialised both in neuroscience and narrative, and a mythologist with a specialisation in Celtic Studies. Her unique approach to working with myth, fairy tales and folklore highlights the insights these traditions can offer us into authentic and meaningful ways of being which are founded on a deep sense of belonging to place, a rootedness in the land we inhabit.
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