One Ojibway's Meditations

Book - 2016
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A colllection of the author's reflections on such topics as the universe, the Creator and spirituality.
Publisher: Madeira Park, BC : Douglas & McIntyre, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781771621335
Branch Call Number: 299.78333 WAG
Characteristics: 176 pages :,illustrations (chiefly colour)


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In addition to his novel Indian Horse, Dr Farha Shariff also suggested people check out Richard Wagamese’s Embers, a collection of his reflections and meditations. (Also available as an eBook, audiobook, and downloadable audiobook)

Wagamese's writing seeks to find beauty and significance in everyday life. We become so deeply wound up in the mundane struggles of everyday, that we forget that there is a place for our spirits to thrive within. Embers will wake you up.

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Jun 27, 2020

Don't see any pictures on the ebook format

Jules101 Aug 18, 2019

This book is beautifully written in short poised pieces. I couldn’t help but pause and revel in the peaceful and eloquent simplicity of this book. Quiet reflections offered in and amongst beautifully captured images. I really loved this book and I’m already looking forward to reading it again!

Aug 13, 2018

Brilliant in its simplicity and I will return to the meditations again and again. Shame we have lost this wise Canadian Indigenous author. The stock photography is also very beautiful and powerful. One of the best things to ever come out of Canada.

Jun 05, 2018

This book is beautiful and highly inspirational. One to check out for sure!

Apr 29, 2017

What an enjoyable, thoughtful book. Highly recommended.


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SPL_Melanie Feb 22, 2017

This is a lovely, thoughtful book made up of musings and meditations by writer Richard Wagamese, well known for his masterful novels like Indian Horse and Medicine Walk. While he is reportedly working on the sequel to Medicine Walk, we can content ourselves with this small, intimate offering.

Though a shorter book, in both content and size, it is filled with beautiful full-colour photos throughout. There are many pages that have an image overlaid by a quote in fancy font, which look like they might fit right in on Instagram or Pinterest.

And yet, this is more than a fluffy visual treat. Wagamese is a deeply spiritual writer, and he values silence and ceremony as a way of life. This is what centres him and brings his art to life. Silence and stillness are integral to his creative practice.

His former blog was full of these kind of simple pieces that shared his eye on the world. Here, he includes things like dialogues with "Old Woman" about Creator and the meaning of life, appreciations of natural beauty, and recognition of the daily joys found in nature. None are more than a page long.

These small pieces feel poetic, feel like expressions of attention to the world. They are statements that stand alone, but that also track Wagamese's spiritual journey, that are an expression of his personal pondering along the way. It's the kind of book that you can read slowly, page by page, or just flip through and admire this nicely put together physical book, returning to read beyond just the quotes a little later.

For Wagamese's take on life and spirituality, drawn from his absolutely focused desire to live in harmony with Creator, I recommend you also check out this book. It's a beautiful and meditative experience that you can dip into again and again.

(first published in the Stratford Gazette, Feb 15, 2017)

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