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Jumbo Jumble: A Sojourn of 365 Visual and Inspirational Delights by David Howenstein is a compendium of inspirational thoughts, ideas, and reflections gleaned from a variety of sources and accompanied by somewhat humorous commentaries, designed to provide food for the heart, the mind, and the soul for a year. These thoughts cover a variety of subjects and each month is dedicated to one of the topics. The opening thoughts for the month of January caught my attention with the striking words: “Your journey begins with an intensive search within. It is only through better understanding of and by yourself that you can clearly see what is working for you and what isn’t. A key point here is to observe yourself non-judgmentally.”
Introducing the book, the author notes that contemporary society is fractured, riddled by many ills, with young people obsessed with their electronic devices, and older people too, with corporations bent on making profits while sacrificing the health of society, a capitalism that feeds on the struggles of the suffering poor, terrorists that cause people to live in fear, and a lot more. In a society like ours, a return to the basic, fundamental values of humanity will definitely restore our humanity, steep us in the wellsprings of life, and allow for the creativity that creates meaning and more life.
Join this inspiring author to reflect on the art of self-cultivation, the beauty of active contemplation, the joy of making our inward thoughts manifest in our material life, and finding the purpose of our life. In each reflection, David Howenstein offers a proposal that will help the reader implement the thought. Jumbo Jumble: A Sojourn of 365 Visual and Inspirational Delights is sprinkled with breathtaking images and illustrations that are as equally telling as they are inspirational. This book will take you to unexpected places in your soul and set you on a path of utter self-transformation. Intelligently written, insightful, and compelling. You’ll need a lot of restraint to read just one thought a day; a generous gift from this author!