Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Crafting with Love, Gratitude and Calm Books By Maggie Oman Shannon Review



Crafting Love: Sharing Our Hearts through the Work of our Hands by [Shannon, Maggie Oman]

Crafting Love: Sharing Our Hearts through the Work of Our Hands
by Maggie Oman Shannon

"It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done." --Vincent Van Gogh

As the future unfolds before us, it seems people are getting busier, more distracted, and less connected to the physical and spiritual world. This can be especially problematic for our relationships, as love is something that just does not magically exist on its own. It must be cultured, tended, and cared for as if it were a special garden unlike any other.

Whether you desire to foster love, encourage remembrance, or express gratitude for the love you feel toward the known and unknown in your life, it can be done through the practice of mindfulness and crafting. Crafting Love is filled with thematic chapters meant to inspire your own journey in your expression of love. Create an "I love you" notebook for your partner, anytime valentines for your friends and mentors, a conversation starter table cloth for your family, portable place shrines for natural places and animals, an "I am" affirmation mandala for yourself, or a rhythm painting for the Divine.

With the help of a few uplifting friends along the way, Maggie Oman Shannon will help you launch an exploration into your love of materials, love of the process, and love of everything and everyone around you through creating transcendent, one-of-a-kind projects with your own hands and heart.


I received complimentary copies.

Crafting Calm: Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation by [Shannon, Maggie Oman]
Crafting Calm: Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation
by Maggie Oman Shannon

As our world has become increasingly dependent on technology, and our Western societies have become woefully “Crackberried”— to use the title of a recent documentary on the emotional and social pitfalls of our too-wired ways—an intriguing phenomenon is occurring: There is an increasing amount of interest in returning to some of the simpler arts that were neglected or left behind with the onslaught of technology. Artisans and everyday crafters are finding a renewed satisfaction in making something with their own hands; some are even communicating about the inherent physical- and mental-health benefits found in handwork—and, even more than that, they are framing their hand work as meditation or spiritual practice. In today’s sophisticated and pluralistic society, people are more aware than ever that spiritual practice can be defined more expansively—and the popularity of books focusing on alternative spiritual practices demonstrate that readers are hungry for new (or ancient) ways of enhancing their inner lives. In Crafting Calm the author will explore these new forms of creative spiritual practice and the benefits they provide. 

The format of With Shannon's book will itself be creative, a rich “potpourri approach” that weaves together interviews, historical facts, projects for readers to do themselves, quotations, and suggested resources. Crafting Calm will serve as an inspirational resource guide to a broad assortment of spiritual practices gathered from the global arts-and-crafts communities, as well as from people who don’t consider themselves artists but who have adopted creatively expressive forms of spiritual practice. While there have been a few books published focusing on a particular form of creative spiritual practice (Skylight Paths, for example, has published books on beading as a spiritual practice; painting as a spiritual practice; and using clay as a spiritual practice), no one has yet explored the breadth of possibilities for creative spiritual practices contained in Crafting Calm.

Crafting Gratitude: Creating and Celebrating Our Blessings with Hands and Heart by [Oman Shannon, Maggie]

Crafting Gratitude: Creating and Celebrating Our Blessings with Hands and Heart 
by Maggie Oman Shannon

Named one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2017 by Spirituality & Practice!

We live in a fast-paced world where we are pestered from all sides with siren calls to constantly strive for something more, something better, something new, rather than find ways to stay grateful for the abundance and blessings already present in our own lives. 

In Crafting Gratitude, Rev. Maggie Oman Shannon believes that crafting for us and those we love can be used as a meditative practice to appreciate the incredible, overflowing richness of life. Each meditative craft, from novice to expert, is infused with stories like how Gratitude Bundles can represent prosperity and physical health, Spirit Houses from Southeast Asia can be a symbol of a happy home, a Values Bracelet can help you reinforce your best professional traits, or Flower Mandalas can be an affirmation of nature. 

With other crafts involving aromatherapy, journaling, dream catchers, and a variety of household items, anyone can invigorate their own lives with Crafting Gratitude for family, health, prosperity, the Divine, and much more. Accompanied by a carefully curated list of recommended reading, helpful websites, and how-to guides, these forty practices will resonate with and prompt you to begin, or continue, exploring gratitude.

Cassandra's review- The three books can be enjoyed seperate or as a set.  I found them to be very peaceful and filled with good conversation starters.  There are quotes to keep you thinking and each section is bursting with creativity.  I think anyone can find things to enjoy in the three books as they are all different and provide so much to pass your time.  

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