This is a collection of writings by this author that should you that anyone can find magic in their everyday normal life. They are creative and interesting. I found some favorites in there and I know you will too. They will show you that it is possible to look differently at your life but still find the peace in it. Each story is a little different and I think that this author covered many topics. I highly recommend this book as it will bring a little spirit to your soul.
I give Everyday Enchantments: Musings on Ordinary Magic & Daily Conjurings by Maria DeBlassie, 4 stars.
This is a book that shows you many things. It is a collection of writings by an author who finds the happiness in the small things. She makes the everyday seem like magic. There are snippets in here of just about everything. From morning to evening, there is so much that we could be reflecting on, so much to be thankful for. The author shows you how to see things differently.
This is something completely different than what I would normally read. This may fall under the category of self-help or spiritual. But the author is not telling you what to do or think. She is just reflecting on things in her life in a way so you understand. Mainly, this is a book to show you that you can see things in different way. Written in short snippets, it isn’t something you have to necessarily sit down and read in one sitting. You could pick it up for a few minutes here and there and learn something new.
If you want a new outlook on life and are interested in finding the magic and happiness in the small things, this book is for you.
Reviewed by @erinwolf79
This was such an interesting read, when I first read the blurb I honestly didn’t know what to expect but I soon found myself really captivated by what they author was writing about. It is really well written and the author had this amazing way of drawing me into her life. It was nice to read something a little different and in a world where everyday life is so busy and stressful this book certainly made me stop and think about things. I find meditation really relaxing and it has helped my anxiety a lot so I really did find this book useful.
A unique and different read that I really do recommend and is definitely one of those books you should go into with an open mind.
Everyday Enchantments: Musings on Ordinary Magic & Daily Conjurings
By: Maria DeBlassie
5 out of 5 stars
The book Everyday Enchantments: Musings on Ordinary Magic & Daily Conjurings by Maria DeBlassie is a book that I enjoyed reading. It draws you in and I found myself not wanting to put it down until I had read the last page. It is a book that is amazing with the advice that it gives and inspirational as well. It has you realizing that it is sometimes the small things in life that can mean so much. You learn how to get joy from everyday things and how you may need to change the way that you think about everyday events. I found the examples given to be wonderful and this is a book that I found myself thinking about long after I had finished reading it. This is a book that warmed my heart and has many feel-good moments. It is amazing. It is wonderfully written and a book that I would recommend reading.
“To live with Enchantment is to see beyond the bricks and mortar that make up your home and into the magic infused within its frame. It is made up of stories and dried bay leaves and dreams whispered into the heads of dandelions. Of bare feet on carpeted floors and the smell of burning sage. Crystals – amethyst, citrine, amazonite, smoky quartz – winding in and around your books; all the better to magnify their magic. It is to peel back the layers of your day-to-day and search for that elusive energy that winds its way up your spine and outward into your life. Let the snake at your base wriggle free of its coil to climb up to your shoulder blades and across your open back. There is no room for tightly stacked discs here, just the taste of joy when the sun licks your skin.
You might find it at the bottom of an empty teacup. Your future written in soggy leaves or in the whisper of trees, their leaves rustling and murmuring secrets only they can understand. Sometimes they are kind enough to translate for you – if you listen long enough. If you shower their roots with distilled love songs and feed them the black earth from your compost. It’s there, too, when you run your tongue along the grooves and ridges of a well-loved sentence. It’s everywhere. Even in the spaces you think have lost hope, like the junk drawer where you keep your faded dreams, stray screws, and half-forgotten heartbreaks along with wine corks and a few rubber bands. They’re not lost, just resting like seeds in the earth before they are ready to break open.”
“Let’s start with the adventuring. That morning you wake up with an expansive feeling in your chest, a longing to roam to the farthest reaches of your territory. You want the sun on your skin and fresh air to tickle your nose, to wander wherever your feet will take you. Perhaps to the neighborhood bookstore, or to the park, full of families playing games and couples walking their dogs. All you know is that you must walk until the bright energy in your chest reaches your toes, and your whole body sings with the fullness of life.”
Everyday Enchantments is an enchanting book full of musings, wonder and appreciation by Maria DeBlassie. It’s a wonderful non-fiction ‘self-help’ book that I would classify as philosophical, and packed full of simple, yet inspirational teachings. It also has a real shamanistic quality to it that made the ideas and advice Ms. DeBlassie gives to be quite thought provoking and uplifting.
It is a meditation on finding the beauty in the small, simple things in our lives. To take a breath, slow down and appreciate ‘being’. It’s about thankfulness, mindfulness, reflection, understanding, simplifying, and conjuring our own happiness. There are many blessings to be found in the mundane, we just need to ‘still’ our minds to see them. There is so much of our lives that we don’t think about, things we take for granted, yet should be more important and meaningful.
Ms. DeBlassie explains how we can create our own ‘magic’ in our lives and lead richer and more fulfilling lives.
The author gives examples, by sharing her own experiences, lessons, and thought processes- and even though there may be geographical, or cultural differences, the underlying message applies to all.
There are a lot of things that I will takeaway from this and a few that I will ponder on some more, but overall I really understand and appreciate the message that Ms. DeBlassie is sharing here.
Thank you, Ms. DeBlassie!
“Yesterday I cleaned the house. My home. From top to bottom with elbow grease and burning sage. I tore up disappointments, collected broken hearts for my compost, and laid them to rest among the worms and coffee grinds.
I honor my sacred space because I built it with my own hands and my own dreams. I honor it because they want me to be ashamed of my hard work or collapse under its burden. They don’t know that my daily industry is what keeps my fire stoked. That the many hours harvesting seeds has given me a bumper crop of hope and rosemary to chase away unwelcome spirits that come knocking on my door.”
Reviewed by @angelahayes