The subtitle to this book is “A Manual for Peace, Power and Personal Growth for Real People in the Real World”. Based around the authors analysis of seven powers – Nature, Creativity, Endurance, Love, Communication, Focus and Connection, he takes us through meditations on these areas – not meditations in the classic sense of the word, as a formal thing to sit and do, more meditation as a collection of thoughts to enthuse and stimulate thought and reflection on the part of the reader.

The author finds these powers neatly align to the chakra system, and so structures the book around looking at each power and the related chakra. He also connects each section to parts of Surya Namaskara – the sun salutation – a nice link from the mind to the body so the content can be, literally, embodied.

The importance of the Ecology of the Soul is in coming back to our internal sense of balance and well-being, both personally and in our interactions with the world around us.

As such this isn’t a book to read from cover to cover; it’s one to dip in and out of over a period of time. I’ll be honest and say that I’m not very good at that, I’m a cover to cover type of reader, and to this end I feel I would need to return to the book to get best out of it – but that’s ok, that’s the joy of books. It certainly was a useful read, and there were little gems which came out and sat with me even though I read it more quickly.

I feel this is a useful book for anyone feeling a bit stale spiritually and looking for some inspiration. It’s not a heavy weight Americanised psycho spiritual self help book – mercifully – it’s a gentle but practical read which should appeal to many.

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