A Home for the Soul : A Guide for Dwelling wtih Spirit and Imagination
A Home for the Soul A Guide for Dwelling wtih Spirit and Imagination Author:Anthony Lawlor Anthony Lawlor is known as the architect who brings soul to design. His acclaimed book The Temple in the House showed how to and the sacred in architecture. Now, in A Home for the Soul, he reveals how our houses and apartments can become havens of inspiration and renewal. — "From the moment we're born, we seek to find home." Lawlor ... more »says, "Yet, despite this primal longing, our dwelling places often disappoint us." In A Home for the Soul, we discover that the depth and meaning we seek is right in front of us if we but have the eyes to see. Lawlor teaches us how to develop a consciousness about the spiritual possibilities inherent in our interior surroundings; he shows how to recognize the sacred in material form. "Each time we bathe," says Lawlor, "we not only cleanse the body, we refresh the spirit. Each time we open our front door, we enter a universe of connection and signifcance."
Lawlor leads us on a journey through each room of the house, opening our vision to hidden possibilities. We discover, for example, how a stove expresses the transforming power of nature, how clothes closets reveal our inner personalities, and how home of ces display our talents. Lawlor shows us the mythological and archetypal meanings within the common objects of daily life--such as a bed, a bathtub, a pair of shoes, or a loaf or bread.
The author also offers practical suggestions for arranging or building soulful homes. He explains how to use wood, tile, brick, and stone to express qualities of the spirit and how to use furniture and personal objects as allies in creating meaning.
Finally, Lawlor shows us how to construct a Mandala of the Soul--a wood cabinet with compartments for housing the symbols of home that have particular personal meanings for each reader.
In these pages, we come to understand how all the rooms we live in can form a sacred place of wholeness, a home that cares for and uplifts the totality of mind, body, and soul.« less
A book that inspired me to make room in the corner of the shower for a small seashell and polished rock collection--just to bring nature in. A book to cozy up your home and make it soulful and truly yours. A few words and phrases from the text that I've chosen to give you the idea: "wholeness, nourish, sacredness, reconnecting, renewal, primal craving for home, inspires our dreams, transformed." Full of truly beautiful photographs--color and black & white.
The "how to's" of creating serene and peaceful harmanonies within each room of the house. The information contained within these pages helps to open one's vision to the hidden possibilities of each room. Hardback. Excellent condition.
Dorothy P. (MeowLady) reviewed A Home for the Soul : A Guide for Dwelling wtih Spirit and Imagination on
Helpful Score: 2
And unfortunately, I found it very disappointing. I will admit that I was more in the market for a design guide, but this is more of a thought guide -- ways to THINK about your home that will make it a more enjoyable place to live. Yet, the end of each section goes into extremely specific detail (down to measurements!) about the author's "ideal" room of that type (kitchen, bedroom, gathering room). The change was both jarring and off-putting for me.
"Anthony Lawlor's invaluable new book, A Home For the Soul, is that rare work that is at once transcendent and practical. A beautifully crafted guide, it reveals myriad pathways for making havens of our homes and rituals of our daily tasks. Most vitally, Lawlor shows us room by room, object by object, how we might make a soulful poetry of our everyday lives." -Paul Cousineau, author of Soul