The Bones and Breath: A Man's Guide to Eros, the Sacred Masculine, and the Wild Soul (2018) (Paperback)

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WINNER, Nautilus Book Award, 2018, Personal Growth and Self Help

In The Bones & Breath, L.R. Heartsong asserts that we each have a unique gift to bring to the world and through embodying the soul--primarily through our expanded, physical senses--we undertake a profound, transpersonal journey; one that serves humanity and the earth at a crucial phase of our collective evolution. Our life task is not to transcend the body but to descend into the bones and breath, to there discover the gift one's soul has to offer to the 'more-than-human' world. Heartsong seeks to bring men out of their heads and down into the bodysoul, to claim their personal authenticity as a wild soul.

Eros is the key. Something much bigger than romantic love, Eros is the elemental force of allurement that plays a pivotal role in our evolution as conscious beings and pulls us towards our destiny. The Sacred Masculine is an important archetype now making a much needed return to assist humanity, as mankind shifts from being the single most destructive force on the planet to a life-sustaining and interconnected one. Interwoven with personal stories, 7 key Soul Skills and embodiment exercises, The Bones and Breath is part inspirational narrative, part 'how to' manual for a soul-centered life."

Heartsong is also the author of To Kneel and Kiss the Earth: Inspiration from the Soul Artist Journal.

About the Author

L.R. Heartsong is “a healer who writes.” Author of The Bones & Breath: A Man’s Guide to Eros, the Sacred Masculine, and the Wild Soul , as well as the newly released To Kneel and Kiss the Earth: Inspiration from the Soul Artist Journal, he is the pen behind TendingSacred, a monthly offering, and previously, the Soul Artist Journal, a weekly e-column/blog he wrote for nearly five years.

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). He lives in Central Oregon.

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Praise For…

“Inside each one of us swirls and surges a mysterious longing, which L.R. Heartsong knows to be the essential catalyst for the larger, unique and more dangerous life that awaits each one of us. The Bones and Breath offers a persuasive revisioning of masculinity, one that supports both men and women in our search for a meaningful and passionate way to participate in our great transformative times.”—Bill Plotkin, author of Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche, and Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche

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

“Socrates stated that the unexamined life is not worth living. In The Bones and Breath, L.R. Heartsong leads us into the examination in a fresh and meaningful way. Asking what it means to be a wild soul in the modern world, Heartsong brings men out of their heads into the body soul and heart to find the answers. Yet this is much more than a men’s book. He skillfully shares his deep research and understanding of passion and creativity; sacred masculinity and spiritual ecology; myth and shadow; sensory communion with nature; sex and relationships; the sensual soul and wise heart. Weaving together the body, soul, and nature, here is a re-imagining of what it means to be fully human. This is a compelling read.”—Jay Harman, author of The Shark’s Paintbrush: Biomimicry and How Nature is Inspiring Innovation

“Every once in a while a book comes along that blows your socks off. And this is one that has just come into my life... a book about the Sacred Masculine that goes so deep and is written so beautifully, I’m truly in awe. I challenge all of my male friends who want to embrace their masculinity and sacredness in these interesting times of great change and burgeoning of the Divine Feminine to read this book. I challenge all men who seek to be conscious and in touch with their soul to find a copy and absorb it. Be guided and inspired by it, and more. How many of you will take this challenge? This book will take you deeper. This is a truly powerful work. And quite beneficial for us women too. Quite. L.R. Heartsong’s writing is so eloquent, it veritably dances off the page. If there is such thing as writer’s envy, I suspect I have it towards him but that’s okay. It is such a joy to read writing that takes your breath away. Deep joy.”—Mare Cromwell, author of The Great Mother Bible

Product Details
ISBN: 9780692042786
ISBN-10: 0692042784
Publisher: Hearthside Press
Publication Date: December 1st, 2018
Pages: 260
Language: English