4 out of 4 stars
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Wild Path to the Sacred Heart is a story of one woman’s journey to discovering her unique talent and contribution to Mother Earth. The author was instructed by her meditation Lama to “find the juice.” But where would would she find this juice? A self-described introvert that finds her energy in solitude, Davidson began venturing into the woods.
Embracing the woodlands and redwoods of California, Davidson would often visit parks and take the less-traveled paths to the trees that she loved. On her frequent forest visits, she often encountered some of it wilder life, such as owls, a bald eagle, elk, otters, lions, and bears. Channeling Lady Galadriel of Tolkien’s world, Davidson would sit beneath particular trees in her private realm and draw inspiration from them. At times the trees would speak to her (often through Grandmother-in-the-Tree), present her with visions, or just embrace her while she meditated or cried. The author breaks her book out into three parts. Part one is titled “Off to the Woods,” part two is “Guidance from the Trees,” and the final portion is “Connecting with Others.”
I chose this book because I, too, have always been enchanted by forests and trees. I loved that Davidson describes her trees and surrounding forests with such vivid visual imagery. She effortlessly transports readers to her favorite areas where they can imagine sitting with her, nestled up against one of her unique trees.
Additionally, I loved that the author included the concept of “Shinrin Yoku”- which is Japanese for forest bathing. According to Davidson, she credits this simple act of spending time among the trees with helping her sleep, improving her complexion, and even the source of her thicker and glossier hair. She also lists two resources that tout the benefits of forest bathing. In fact, throughout this 277-page book, the author references numerous studies to back up some of her points. Additionally, she includes a section at the end of her book, which offers more information about each of these studies. I appreciated that she referenced these studies, thus adding further credibility to her work.
Also, I appreciated that I did not find a single error or find anything to dislike about this story. Therefore, I award Wild Path to the Sacred Heart by Ellen Dee Davidson 4 out of 4 stars. Readers like me who are naturally drawn to forests and trees will love Davidson’s enchanting story. Readers who are concerned with our environment and are wondering what they can personally do to care for it will also enjoy reading this book. Davidson chose to join Tree Sisters- a charity with groves of women throughout the world who plant trees and encourage reforestation. She feels so passionately about this charity that she states she will donate a portion of the royalties from this book to the Tree Sisters.
Readers who are looking for a strong plot or suspense will not find it here. However, I do think there is something within these pages for everyone, and I urge readers to give it at least a chance. As Cali White pens in the Foreword, “Ellen’s book calls us home to the trees.”
Wild Path to the Sacred Heart
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