A Field Guide to Now
Notes on Mindfulness and Life in the Present Tense
By Christina Rosalie
(skirt!, Hardcover, 9780762778560, 192pp.)
Publication Date: September 2012
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For anyone who craves a meaningful life, A Field Guide To Now is an invitation to begin. Through evocative prose and original illustrations, Christina Rosalie inspires readers to find passion and purpose by attending to the moment at hand.
Every self-help book tells us to “be present,” but few succeed in showing us how. With this book, Christina leads readers to discover how the small and seemingly mundane aspects of daily life can—through a shift in focus—become a springboard for the profound. It is an antidote to the perpetual rush we experience daily; and to that feeling that there will never be enough time to begin, to commit to a creative practice, or to become whatever it is we want most to be.
Part adventure guide and part survival guide, A Field Guide To Now is filled with thought starters and creative exercises that will lead you to uncover your own extraordinary life amidst the ordinary moments of every day. It will make you laugh. It will make your heart sing. It will give you a reason to pause. Above all else, this book is call to take action, to live wholly into the present, and to persist in becoming whatever your heart yearns to be.
Christina Rosalie is a writer, mixed-media artist, and creative consultant whose award winning work and been featured in print and online. Her blog, My Topography, a Best of Blogs “Best Creative Blog” winner, has a loyal and expanding audience. Visit her at mytopography.com.
“An ode to the pleasures and sweet bondage of motherhood, a gift basket of drawings, musings, definitions and advice from the grassy hillside of a New England farmhouse. A labor of love, in love’s coat of many colors; an offering to the God of the search for a valuable life.”
– Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted and Cowboys Are My Weakness
“Christina Rosalie’s thoughtful book, A Field Guide to Now, is a personal and conversational guide to faith and timing.”
– Sabrina Ward Harrison, author of Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself
“In A Field Guide to Now Christina Rosalie brings life into perfectly crisp focus by distilling it, with letters and paint, down to its most basic and beautiful elements. While falling in love with her world, you’ll remember what you love about your own life, and you’ll finish the book inspired to make the most of every moment.”
– Katherine Malmo, author of Who in This Room: The Realities of Cancer, Fish, and Demolition.
“No one talks about the moments in between,” and yet Christina Rosalie does. Reminiscent of Annie Dillard, Rosalie shows us how the unexpected details of daily life – a weasel destroying the hen house, a praying mantis climbing the pepper mill – allow us to understand that “the present tense is at once much bigger and messier and also smaller and more precise” than we can imagine. Interrupted sleep, fledgling dreams, clambering children, and several cups of coffee later, we learn, as she has, that, “It’s easy to look at what’s achievable in a day and come up short. But it’s just as easy to underestimate what you can accomplish in a year.” Beautifully written and illustrated, A Field Guide to Now is just that, a guide to living in the present – one I plan to carry with me and return to often.
– Laisha Rosnau, poet and author of Lousy Explorers, Notes on Leaving, and The Sudden Weight of Snow