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The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers

The Heart and the Bottle

I remember when I first came across The Heart and the Bottle. I was in a bookstore looking for a few new picture books. I’ve been a fan of Oliver Jeffers for years; his writing style and the way he illustrates has always spoken to me. However, this book spoke to me on a whole new level.

The story revolves around a little girl, who after an overwhelming loss decides to take her heart out and put it in a bottle. She hopes to keep it safe from pain. As time goes on she begins to realize that without her heart she has become numb to the world around her. As a result, she can’t feel or enjoy anything. The problem is she doesn’t know how to get her heart out of the bottle.

the heart and the bottle

As I read this book to myself, tears welled in my eyes. I could (and still can) relate so much to this little girl. My heart is definitely in a bottle; in a safe place but I feel numb to the world. I’ve dealt with so much hurt, I’m still not sure if I want my heart back. Feelings can be so painful. But even if I wanted it back, like the little girl I don’t know how to get my heart out again.

Can you relate to The Heart and the Bottle? Any advice for me? Here is a simple art piece I made because of the book.

Heart and the Bottle

To find out more about Oliver Jeffers and his incredible books you can check out his website here. 

There is even a jewelry line based on his books, you can check it out here.


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True Refuge by Tara Brach

True Refuge

One could view True Refuge as a wonderful introduction to meditation but it’s so much more. In it, Tara Brach offers us a pathway to peace and a way to develop an inner sanctuary using mindfulness and self-compassion. During the hardest of struggles, her book serves as a welcome reminder to be gentler with ourselves and to focus on the people and things that are genuinely most important to us. I especially enjoyed her simplified way of teaching on the three classic Buddhist gateways to freedom—truth, love and awareness. This is a thought provoking, soul-nourishing read which caused me to pause, reflect and think more gently about my own life experiences. -Highly Recommended

About the author- Tara Brach is a teacher of Buddhist Meditation and practices, a clinical psychologist and founder of the Insight Meditation Community. To find out more about the author or to download free guided meditations from her website click here.

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