Your Soul Wants to Be Free.
In our busy, stressful modern lives, we sometimes become weighted down with frustration, loneliness, sadness, and resentment. Life’s problems, hurtful experiences, and our negative thoughts and emotions can close our hearts to the loving voice of the soul within. It is time to heal these wounds.
Bird of the Soul helps us embrace our true nature and fill the void in our lives with the tenderness and beauty of our inner child.
This beautifully illustrated short story of a young man named Jay and his relationship with his soul, symbolized by a sweetly singing bird, will inspire and uplift you.
Bird of the Soul is a precious gift to help you recapture your joy and learn to listen again to the voice of your soul.
Includes a guided meditation CD and a 21-day meditation journal.
|Publisher:||Best Life Media|
|Product dimensions:||7.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Jisu Han has created illustrations for various children books, adult fables, and inspirational books. All of her illustrations are hand painted using various media. She dreams a world of where all life forms dance together in oneness and desires to express that world in her illustrations.
Read an Excerpt
Jay became an adult.
He got a job, married a wife, and they had a child.
Now he had so many things to take care of!
Like all the other grownups, he talked more of being busy than of being happy.
He completely forgot about the little bird singing beautiful songs in his heart.
Jay didn’t smile though the breeze tickled his face;
His heart didn’t flutter when winter changed to spring;
And even when he gazed at the stars twinkling in the night sky
His mind no longer became huge and filled with wonder.
Jay was unhappy. Everything in his life felt heavy and hard. And the unhappier he got, the more the bird of his soul lost power. With its wounded wings folded away, it could no longer fly.
“Come back to me, Jay.”
The bird wept in longing.
“Remember me, Jay.”
Every time his bird cried, a small hole appeared in Jay’s heart.
The bird’s tears didn’t stop, and the hole kept getting bigger.
Jay couldn’t fill that empty space with anything.
Nothing brought him joy.
No one could make him happy.
He felt he had lost something very precious.
But what was it? He had no idea.
One day he asked a friend,
“Have you ever thought that there must be something more to life?”
Patting him on the shoulder, his friend replied, “If you have people who love you and plenty to eat, isn’t that enough?
You have a strong, healthy child and a wonderful wife.
What more is there to search for? You have a good life.
Isn’t it better to be satisfied with what you have now, than to desire something new that you may never achieve?
It’s risky to have hopes and dreams without any guarantees.”
Jay thought his friend might be right. Yet he frequently woke up in the middle of the night, staring at the ceiling, tossing and turning, unable to sleep.
One night, Jay had a dream. In his dream he was walking, walking, walking
Without any rest. But it was strange:
No matter how much he walked, the scenery never changed. On both sides, he kept seeing only the same houses and trees. He’d been walking in place! Working hard but going nowhere,
Like running on a treadmill.
Jay woke from his dream.
The gaping hole in his heart hurt him.
It felt like sadness and like longing.
The pain was so great it was hard to breathe.
Something hot rose out of his chest, and he found himself crying,
Tears rolling down his cheeks.
Jay was confused, and he couldn’t hold back the tears.
Then he heard a faint voice coming from somewhere.
“It’s all right. It’s OK. Remember
You have me. I am here.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I bought a copy of this book because it was on Goodreads' list of Best Picture Books 2014. It is actually aimed at adults, not children. It might appeal to an adult who is interested in New Age ideas. Since it deals mainly with adult concerns I would not consider it a picture book and would not recommend it to children.
Reviewed by Tania Staley for Readers' Favorite In the busy happenings of everyday life, we, as a society, often forget to take care of ourselves. When meals are eaten on the run and sleep is snatched when the opportunity arises, it is no wonder that many of us often neglect our spiritual side. Ilchi Lee’s beautiful book, Bird of the Soul, is a reminder to slow down and take care of our souls. In his introduction, Lee states that he believes that, “Everyone yearns to connect with something more permanent and meaningful than what ordinary life offers.” One of these connections necessary for fulfillment is a thriving connection with the soul. In this simple and straightforward picture book, Lee discusses the fictional life of Jay, a boy born with a thriving soul. However, as with so many of us, the hectic nature of his daily life created a disconnect between him and his soul. Come along with Jay as he strives to pull himself out of despondency and reconnect with his “bird of the soul.” There is something quite rewarding and enjoyable about a picture book aimed at adults. It is like a little treat and a reminder of the child that resides in all of us, which I believe is an attitude the author is hoping to convey. Rarely does an author choose this form to reach an adult audience, and even more rarely does it work, but for Ilchi Lee’s Bird of the Soul it works splendidly. Our society is full of dense self-help books, how-to lists, guides, etc., but Lee’s simpler approach speaks volumes. Rather than being preached to or lectured at, readers are instead allowed to witness Jay’s life and compare it to their own. Where this book truly shines, however, is in its stunning illustrations by Jisu Han. With colorful, vibrant, and joyful illustrations, Bird of the Soul immerses readers in a world of hope and excitement. For anyone struggling to find meaning or anyone simply wanting some validation in their life, I highly recommend this lovely picture book, and I will be interested in seeing what Ilchi Lee does next.
Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite Bird of the Soul by Ilchi Lee is a remarkable short guide to finding peace and purpose by looking within. Lee reminds us that we have lost the innocence of youth and, in so doing, have lost touch with our souls. As busy adults caught up in the responsibilities and problems of modern life, we have no time for sitting back and appreciating the wonders of the universe. We have stopped listening to the inner voice that expresses a deep love and respect for the beauty of nature and the depth of love and human interaction. Bird of the Soul provides a 21-day process that will enable you to reconnect with the deepest part of your being – the part that hopes, aims high and achieves fabulous things. The simple act of meditating or taking the time to marvel at the universe offers everyone a break from the hectic pace of today and begins a movement toward contentment and acceptance. Ilchi Lee, a world renowned trainer for the development of better mind-body connections for improved health and happiness, has created a 21-day mediation guide in Bird of the Soul. The short story that sets the tone of the meditation is a simple look at the change that occurs between childhood and adulthood and provides a dramatic catalyst for change. The meditation questions along with the CD offer a focal point for introspection and reconnection with that still, quiet place deep inside that most adults stopped listening for long ago. This book represents a small first step that can lead to big changes and improvements in anyone’s life.
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Bird of the Soul is an inspirational story written by Ilchi Lee and illustrated by Jisu Han. It's the story of Jay, a man who has become too busy and preoccupied with life to remember the soul-bird who used to make him so happy and hopeful for the future. Although he had everything that a man could wish for - a loving wife and family, and a good job - there was something missing from his life, and Jay fell into despair. Jay's soul-bird was very weak, but he still was able to whisper to Jay that it was all right to dream and to have hope. Jay finally sees his soul-bird again and is overjoyed, yet concerned, as the bird is too weak to fly. Together, they return to the places and feelings they shared when Jay was a child and the two become healed and strong again. Ilchi Lee's inspirational parable Bird of the Soul is beautifully written, and the illustrations of Jisu Han bring those words to life. The illustrations are marvelous: each one is meticulously drawn and the colors glow. The reader learns by following Jay's journey as he realizes that dreams and happiness are not solely the realm of childhood. I've read through this story twice and intend to spend a lot more time with it. The tale is simple and powerful, and those drawings are mesmerizing. I was initially concerned that a book about the soul might lead to the beliefs of a particular religion, but Lee's Bird of the Soul has relevance for people of all beliefs.