Leza Lowitz is one of my favorite poets. So when I picked up a copy of her book, I had to write a short review on Amazon! If you are looking for an inspiring book that’ll- well, read my review, LOL, and make sure to pick it up!
Life has sort of become a cacophony of distractions. There’s a whole lot of clutter with the bombardment of media and other venues vying for your attention. It’s rare to be able to take a step back and reflect on the nuances of ‘self.’ Yoga Heart: Lines on the Six Perfections is a meditative journey reminding readers through its poetry of the six qualities that help us to connect with a world which seems to getting both more intertwined and isolated at the same time. Accompanied by the illustrations of Akiko Tanimoto, the brushstrokes are reminders of the intangibility and elusiveness of perfection. Exploring the themes of generosity, kindness, patience, joy, stillness, and wisdom, the effect the book had on me was like a refreshing balm after scorching my head in the firestorm of every day life. I read quickly through the poems the first time, then went back and read 2-3 poems a day, reflecting on what each meant. In, “What Does It Mean To Be Zen,” the author writes,
To be Zen
is just to be yourself-
not name nor job nor history
In Skydancer of Bliss, she asks,
Do you die a little each day,
forgetting who you are?
There’s a simplicity that belies the complex undertones of the themes at hand. As a companion for yoga, it’s the perfect complement, flexing the mental muscles as much as the physical. As a meditation, it goes even further- verging on perfection.