The Bones and Breath: A Man's Guide to Eros, the Sacred Masculine, and the Wild Soul (2018) by L.R. HEARTSONGThe Bones and Breath: A Man's Guide to Eros, the Sacred Masculine, and the Wild Soul (2018) by L.R. HEARTSONG

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


Paperback | December 1, 2018

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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.

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. The pen behind TendingSacred, a monthly e-column, and prior to that, the Soul Artist Journal, he is also a Paris-trained chef. Heartsong has bee...
Title:The Bones and Breath: A Man's Guide to Eros, the Sacred Masculine, and the Wild Soul (2018)Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:260 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.55 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.55 inPublished:December 1, 2018Publisher:Hearthside PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0692042784

ISBN - 13:9780692042786


Table of Contents


Preface  xi

Introduction: The Erotic Warrior  xvii

1. Eros, Passion, and Soul   1

2. The Sacred Masculine  29

3. Ensouling the Body  62

4. Myth, Shadow, and Light  97

5. Pleasure, Power, Sex, and Eros  131

6. Wild Soul, Wise Heart  164

Conclusion: The White Hart  200

Appendix A: Barefoot on the Earth  211

Appendix B: The Soul Shaman's Bag  215

Notes 225

Bibliography 227

About the Author  230

Editorial Reviews

“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 Breathoffers 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 bodysoul 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