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Lorna Crawford has a great boyfriend, longtime friends, and a well-paying job as special- events coordinator at a premium ice-cream manufacturer. But, out of sorts and filled with self-doubt, the 33 year old soon realizes that what she really wants is to stay on the spiritual path she keeps diving off of. Lorna jump-starts her efforts at a silent yoga retreat. But after returning from the mountain, she quickly loses her connection in the face of scheming coworkers, judgmental girlfriends, and, especially, her ...
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Overview

Lorna Crawford has a great boyfriend, longtime friends, and a well-paying job as special- events coordinator at a premium ice-cream manufacturer. But, out of sorts and filled with self-doubt, the 33 year old soon realizes that what she really wants is to stay on the spiritual path she keeps diving off of. Lorna jump-starts her efforts at a silent yoga retreat. But after returning from the mountain, she quickly loses her connection in the face of scheming coworkers, judgmental girlfriends, and, especially, her overly critical mother. Lorna also wrestles over her future with her boyfriend, a hot guy who takes her to the hottest places, but who can’t discern a meditation cushion from a toad stool. Reading spiritual books and visiting a channeler and energy healer move Lorna forward, but her confusion remains. Lorna’s seeking is put to the ultimate test when personal tragedy strikes. Will she come to truly understand that living spiritually has little to do with how you pretzel yourself on the yoga mat (although she gets plenty good at that), and everything to do with embracing the twists in everyday life?

“How delicious to find a novel for women who find spirituality every bit as enticing as fashion. The characters in Meryl Davids Landau’s page-turner aren’t the only ones uplifted here—the reader gets a dose of inspiration along with a mesmerizing story.”
--Victoria Moran, author of Creating a Charmed Life

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"Lorna's soul journey is the topic of Meryl Davids Landau's first novel, an inspirational gem that will appeal to introspective, evolving women."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936586356
  • Publisher: Alignment Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,214,585
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Meryl Davids Landau is an award-winning writer whose work has been published in O, the Oprah magazine, Reader’s Digest, Glamour, More, U.S. News & World Report, Self, Redbook, The Huffington Post and Whole Living. Last year, her work was nominated for a prestigious National Magazine Award. She is also a certified yoga teacher. This is her debut novel.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    Loved it

    While it can seem kind of shmaltzy to the cynical, it does get you to reflect and understand how much of spirituality is about love

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  • Posted May 20, 2012

    Cute story

    Good read, helps if you understand yoga!!

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  • Posted May 14, 2012

    WOW! What an eye opener. On every page something popped out and made me think about myself and how I react to events around me.

    WOW! What an eye opener. On every page something popped out and made me think about myself and how I react to events around me.
    Thirty three year old, Lorna Crawford is realizing she wants and deserves ore then what life is giving her right now. While struggling to find her spiritual side, she attends a silent retreat and ends up making friends that have similar goals. After the retreat, Lorna returns to the “real world” having to find a way to live with the negativity of her co-workers, her boyfriend’s difference in goals, and the relationship with her mother. She works hard to stay positive and often helps others around her become positive.
    Lorna is definitely a character I can relate to. Although I am not overly spiritual, I love the calm and positive ways she dealt with the world around her. The negativeness of the world around her gets her down, but she manages to turn it around into a positive. I found myself learning by her examples. Smiling at strangers, changing a negative thought into a positive thought, or just sitting and listening to myself.
    Downward Dog Upward Fog is a definite good read. Even if a person is not spiritual or into yoga, they would thoroughly enjoy this nook. This book is not just about spirituality, it is a book about relationships with your mother, boyfriend, co-workers, and yourself.

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  • Posted December 7, 2011

    Kritters Ramblings

    Lorna is a daughter, sister, co-worker and friend. At times each one of these titles and the people that make her these titles causes her stress. Throughout the book she tries out techniques to use to center herself and find more of the good in each situation. At times, her struggles were resolved quite easily in comparison to the "real" world interactions the reader would encounter.

    A piece of fiction that made me reflect on my daily interactions with co-workers and friends, this doesn't happen often. I was engrossed in Lorna's battle with becoming more centered, yet having to interact with co-workers that caused stress and a mother that pushed every button imaginable. I took her struggle to heart and was able to start thinking about the techniques she used and try to place them in my every day life. Although, this wasn't a self-help book - this book can help the reader find some of the things that she does useful to their everyday life.

    I would recommend this book to those who have always seen the yogi existence as something that is too big to be achieved, but instead in parts some of her exercises can be incorporated into one's life. We could all find a little positivity and yogi in our lives.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Highly recommended..... A must read!

    This book has been added to my list of "all time favorites!" If you are looking for a novel which can also educate you and help you grow spiritually, then this is the book for you. Lorna, the main character of the book, finds that even though we may "seem" to have a perfect life, you can feel as if something is deeply missing.

    I felt that I could relate to Lorna in so many ways, and learned so much while "following her" on her spiritual path.

    Meryl Davids Landau does a fantastic job of combining two books into one: a novel, and a spiritual guide. I have learned so much from this book. I highly recommend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2011

    Really, Really good!!!!!!

    Not just for us Yogis and Yoginis! Fantastic story line and did not fall asleep once reading. For those of us that love connection with real life and spiritual life. Check it out guys! :-)

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