Guardians of Being by Eckhart Tolle
“Millions of people who otherwise would be completely lost in their minds and in endless past and future concerns are taken back by their dog or cat into the present moment, again and again, and reminded of the joy of Being.” – Page 60
Guardians of Being is one of the most delightful books I’ve read (or seen) in a long time. With inspiring words by Eckhart Tolle and equally inspiring illustrations by Patrick McDonnell, this is a book you’ll want to read over and over again. Heck, you’ll just want to stare at it over and over as well. These illustrations are absolutely precious and capture the true heart of animals.
Eckhart Tolle is best known for his wonderful book The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment. Patrick McDonnell? How about this? He’s the creator of the comic strip that Peanut creator Charles Shultz called “One of the best comic strips of all time.” – MUTTS. If that’s not high praise, I don’t know what is.
These two talented men combined for a brilliant and very fun to read book that celebrates something I love as much as my next breath: Animals. Animals are used throughout the book in illustrations that I can’t take my eyes off of. Eckhart Tolle uses pets to teach us powerful lessons because as he says, “Everything natural, every flower or tree, and every animal have important lessons to teach us…”
Below is one of my favorite quotes from the book. It is so completely insightful and so entirely true – especially on Monday’s.
“The vital function that pets fulfill in this world hasn’t been fully recognized. They keep millions of people sane.” I, for one, want to go on record for thanking my pets (past, present, and future) for this task – a task not meant for the faint of heart.
When I got this wonderful book, I sat down and devoured it much as I would a piece of chocolate cheesecake. Front to back, inside and out. However, after finishing the book, I realized that the best way to enjoy it would probably be a daily devotional type of approach: To read each passage and enjoy the picture, one day at a time. So, I am going back and taking that approach. Each morning, I fully enjoy the words and illustration that accompanies it.
I only wish I could put a copy of this beautiful book into the hands of every animal lover on earth. You truly need to zip over to Amazon and grab a copy for yourself AND a few for Christmas gifts as well. It’s the type of Christmas gift that your loved ones won’t stop talking about… or enjoying.