The only New Year's resolution you really need is effortless and costs nothing: Find beauty. In her newly released Sacred Elements Guidebook, author/photographer Karina Aldredge shows how momentary joys add up, creating a happier, more grounded you. Could there be a better way to start a new decade?
The Nature Diet
Karina explains that finding beauty in easily-overlooked aspects of nature benefits mind, spirit and body. "Soon it becomes a craving, and everywhere you look, you'll see more," she says. "It feeds you. It's the Nature Diet!"
Karina draws us into delight by making the mundane transcendent, and she does it step-by-step. As in the excerpt below, she tells how to use all your senses to internalize nature's beauty. This is not merely "take time to smell the roses." Finding beauty makes you so immediately in-the-moment that all you know is joy. You may already have experienced this, but I suspect it hasn't been often or nearly enough.
I first met Karina, who lives in Portland, OR, via Instagram. Last winter, when she was in the San Diego area, she visited me and my garden.
Sacred Elements Guidebook, Excerpt
This sample merely hints at what Karina offers. Like its lovely author, the book is slender but powerful. It's joy distilled: a healing balm for the overwhelmed mind.
FYI, Karina's soul-nourishing practice is not a religion, but I can attest it has enriched and deepened my own faith. I've helped Karina a bit here and there---encouragement, suggestions and connecting her with editor Lorraine Anderson in Corvallis, OR. I was honored when Karina asked me to write the book's foreword. There's just something about her that's extraordinary.
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