Lost For Words
By: Martin Wells - Mantra Books, $14.95
Description: This quite stirring, wondrously satisfying new book, Lost for Words: The Poetry of Mindfulness and Non-duality is a collection of poems that speaks to that deep longing for union and freedom at the source of each of us.
Verdict: In the early hours of almost every morning during the Covid lockdown in the months of March and April 2021, these poems began mysteriously arriving - like persistent early morning visitors.
Curiously, the authorís wife was absent for the whole of this time, and much to her amusement, in her place lay an open notebook, a blank page and a pen.
Soon nearly 40 poems filled the notebook - Martin never having written poetry in his life before. Although the pandemic provides the foreground for this collection of poems, they have also been prompted by timeless universal themes, symbolized in a snowdrop, a park bench or an olive tree; found in conversations about love and life and death, in news items and random images.
But most of all arising out of that deep longing for union and freedom at the source of each of us. The poems are about what it means to be alive and deeply connected to the natural world. In so doing, they go to the heart of mindful living and non-dual wisdom.
They say that the three most important things to do while at home during the COVID-19 pandemic were: Share something hopeful and positive; Educate yourself; and Show solidarity and care for others.
Well, whilst author Martin Wellsís new book Lost for Words: The Poetry of Mindfulness and Non-duality, may admittedly be a bit of a mouthful, the words/poems contained inside are nothing short of breathtakingly acute components of each and every one of those aforementioned to-doís (no matter their collective written prose and tone).
Encompassing tomeís of wonderment, enthrallment, contentment, along with those of trepidation, worry and genuinely heartfelt wonderment at both the smallest and the largest things within all our lives, Wells has brought together one of the reads of the past decade.
I mean, sure, having worked as a psychotherapist in the NHS for over 30 years and having taught mindfulness to patients and staff alike, one assumes many of these thoughts we now read in his new book have been circulating for a while, but that aside, I would implore you to purchase the book, go sit quietly somewhere, and allow yourself to helplessly fall into this immersive, wholly embracing new work by a super talented writer.
About the Author - Martin Wells has worked as a psychotherapist in the NHS for over 30 years. He also teaches mindfulness to patients and staff. Ten years ago his own profound experience of letting go radically changed the way in which he now works. Martin lives in Bristol, UK.
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