To Kneel and Kiss the Earth: Inspiration from the Soul Artist Journal


TO KNEEL AND KISS THE EARTH: Inspiration from the Soul Artist Journal, by L.R. Heartsong (2018)

ISBN: 978-0-692-15170-9 (paperback)



For nearly five years, the Soul Artist Journal, a weekly e-column/blog by healer and award–winning author L.R. Heartsong, explored the art of living a meaningful connected existence, celebrating “a life for the senses.” Though the posts were diverse, the underlying theme was always, how do we nourish the soul? 

TO KNEEL AND KISS THE EARTH is the first compilation volume, a gathering of posts selected from the archives and twenty-plus categories, spanning the Journal’s arc of existence. Easily accessible, these heart-full writings praise the ordinary sacred and offer inspiration for one’s daily journey. 

Fans and subscribers of the Soul Artist Journal, as well as new readers discovering Heartsong’s work, will delight in this offering of lyrical prose in praise of nature, soul, and intimate relationship with Earth. With a gently luminous heart, here is a timely and welcome nod toward the re-enchantment of everyday life. 

Cover endorsement:

“I’ve been reading your archives. Weeks ago, I’d meant to begin reading – one or two every now and then, I’d thought, but rather I’ve found myself reading and re-reading everything I could find. You are an amazing creature. Of all the things we’ve piled up for ‘someday’, perhaps first on my own list is to speak to you at length about your writing and to encourage you to publish further. More widely. Bravissimo, you are.”—Marlena de Blasi, internationally bestselling author of A Thousand Days in Venice, and A Thousand Days in Tuscany

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Advance praise for the compilation:

“For several years, L.R. Heartsong’s Soul Artist Journal landed gracefully in my in-box once a week. I was an avid reader, admiring his calm and lyrical voice, knowing I would be given a connection with the everyday sacred: bare feet on earth, a grandmother tree outside his door, a lit candle, a fragrant soup, a hike in the mountains, the soul of cooking. This was mixed with a wry, searching mind, soulful melancholy, refreshing honesty, deep connection to spirit, and candid self-reflection. Always a varied and luscious feast! After reading, I emerged more engaged with life, slower, more careful, less distracted. Thank you, River, for bringing together some of these kernels into a book. They are needed in the world.”  ~ Carolyn Brigit Flynn, author of Communion: In Praise of the Sacred Earth, editor of Sisters Singing: Blessings, Prayers, Art, Songs, Poetry & Sacred Stories by Women

“River is a brilliant writer who shares deep and important life wisdom with his readers.” ~ Michael Stone, award-winning Conversations Radio (

“River’s writing is exquisitely crafted. His poetic words will awaken in you a new way of seeing our world, and inspire you to renew your connection with the Earth. These writings are a treasure that you’ll return to again & again.” ~Jocelyn Mercado, founder of Sacred Planet

“When I am lucky enough to have a free Sunday, I bake something rustic and tasty, brew some tea, and settle down to read this guy right here. I adore him.” ~ Joy Wilson Parrish, author of Sojourn, and Rust

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About the author:

L.R. Heartsong is “a healer who writes.” A bodyworker and counselor for more than twenty-five years, he fuses eco-depth psychology, soul-based coaching, shamanic work, and spiritual guidance. Award-winning author of The Bones and Breath: A Man’s Guide to Eros, the Sacred Masculine, and the Wild Soul, he is also a Paris-trained chef.

Interviews with him include the award-winning Conversations Radio with Michael Stone, who speaks with thought leaders and social visionaries in areas of environmental restoration, evolutionary cosmology, social justice, and spiritual fulfillment. He has also been a featured presenter in multiple, global online symposiums featuring change-making influencers (scientists, shamans, mystics, psychologists, healers, and more) offering their insight, guidance, and personal expertise, all stitching us to a deeper connection with self, healing, and the ‘more-than-human’ world.

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Reader comments:

“There is no agenda to this book, it is not an instruction manual. Just a gentle reminder how much joy there can be in walking barefoot, lying on the earth listening to the wind in the trees, smelling deeply the scents of nature, feeling the connection to everything around us and to us. Of being creative, nourishing your soul & encouraging others to do the same by your example. To notice small joys and be grateful for them. An absolute delight of a book, so much gratitude to L.R Heartsong, may you continue to walk in beauty, leading the way for others.”—Anna M.

“I read half of it in one sitting, I was enjoying it so much. Like being wrapped in my favourite blanket on a veranda in the summer rain whilst drinking rose and chamomile tea. A delight for the senses. I’m very grateful… keep up the inspiring work!”—UK reader

“A couple of weeks ago, LR Heartsong contacted me to let me know he was sending me a copy of his new book, TO KNEEL AND KISS THE EARTH He had used one of my earlier comments to him (about his Soul Artist Journal) in this book and wanted to thank me by graciously gifting me an autographed copy. I had said, “Your writing – words chosen, scenes described, emotions created – touches me like nothing else. It is a beautiful gift that leaves me vacant and overflowing at the same time. Thank you is not enough for what you give.” I mean that now more than ever. … This man has such a beautiful way of shaping his world and an even lovelier way of writing about it. His is a journey into profound spiritual awareness through keen observation, stillness, and intention. … Since receiving the copy, my morning reading has become a sanctuary. I find myself returning to “Leaving my Shoes along the Trail” the very first thing before I can continue from where I left off the day before. The words of that chapter in particular, though they came from another, feel like my own. LR Heartsong, thank you for this book, thank you for your light, and thank you for reminding me of everything that’s so easy for me to forget but that’s so important to remember.”—Cindy H. (via Facebook)

“Whether you read this book from start to finish, or serendipitously open a page at random, this book is a complete treasure. L.R Heartsong is a true wordsmith, a man who writes from the heart. Both moving and refreshing in his honesty, his writing is a tonic for the soul and spirit, a must for anyone who cares about the essence of life, creativity and healing the world.”—Amazon review (UK)