In this new book, writer, teacher, and mindful living advocate, Anthony Guilbert ventures back to his poetic roots with a collection of prose memoirs that are both beautiful and inspiring. “A compelling presence in the mind/body world,” Guilbert has written a book that will “captivate the imagination of the modern seeker.”
Part wandering Daoist, part romantic flanuer, Notes From The Drift is an accounting of the wisdom rendered from an author’s impulse “to explore the flow of the world.” While the transcendental look for the truth above and beyond the world, Guilbert seeks his truth in the dirt, along paths and roadways, in ignored everyday spaces. A rambling collection of anecdotes and allegories, Notes From The Drift explores simplicity & stillness, naturalness & spontaneity, the transient emerging and becoming of life, set against the back drop of the American continent.
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“Notes From The Drift reminds us of the miracle of life —just living with no fanfare, but in continual awe and appreciation. Yet it is a poetic fanfare of its own often leaving the reader breathless and with a full feeling of one’s own spiritual awakening as if being born for the first time.” –Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D. aka Dr. Quantum®, author of The Dreaming Universe.
“Poet Mary Oliver wrote: ‘Instructions for living a life: / Pay attention. / Be astonished. / Tell about it.’ That’s what Anthony Guilbert has done in this luminous collection. Like a wandering hermit, cloud-hidden, whereabouts unknown, attentive and astonished, he tells about it. And there is magic in the telling.” –Larry Dossey, MD, author of One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters.
“Notes from the Drift is a meditation on the essential teachings of the Tao, transposed to our contemporary world by a poet/practitioner who has spent many years contemplating and writing about the insights he has received. Written in poetic prose that meanders across landscapes familiar to contemporary readers, particularly in America, it charts a new course on the eternal sea of the Tao, one that readers today can sail on their own winds.” –Daniel Reid, author of The Tao of Health, Sex, and Longevity.
“Intriguing and beautifully written, Notes From The Drift represents the emergence of a uniquely American Daoist sensibility — inspiring and practically cosmological. Forgoing classical Daoist idioms and jargon, these writings find their truth in the living landscape of the American continent. For the last decade Anthony Guilbert has been a compelling presence in the mind/body world. Notes From The Drift reaches a new summit in Anthony’s work.” –Dr. Roger Jahnke, OMD, author of The Healing Promise of Qi.
“Written on the edge of prose, Notes From The Drift reaches out to touch us, caress us and then to move on, like the discovery of roasted garlic, always leaving a longing for more. Whilst most spotlight their own enlightenment, Guilbert reminds us that we are not the centre, –that the recognition of our position in an ever shifting cosmos is about as close as we can become. The references to water, paths and ways, returning to the source, creating yourself en route are all beautifully explored, unveiled, are gently exposed though the observations of the traveller.” –Paul Read, aka The Teapot Monk, author of The Manual of Bean Curd Boxing: Tai Chi and the Noble Art of Leaving Things Undone.
“With an eloquence and an honesty that is sometimes difficult to accept, Anthony Guilbert brings the ‘Way of the Tao’ into the 21st Century. Notes From The Drift is a testament and expression of a state of consciousness where the ordinary and everyday is seen and experienced in new ways. Seekers and drifters will find reflections of themselves in these pages, and the inspiration to illuminate their own awareness.” –James MacRitchie author of Chi Kung – Energy for Life, & Founding President of The National Qigong Association USA.
“In reading this book I am reminded of Baudelaire’s ‘flanuer’, of the openly imaginative poet wandering Paris, looking, taking in… ‘a 1000 ways to go’ and each a wonder, diverse, meaning in the mundane, the mud of the ground and the clouds in the sky both have a million possible ideas in them. Yet, most of us don’t see it… This book can help us regain our vision.” –Sean Michael Wilson, author of The Book of Five Rings and Cold Mountain graphic novels.
“Notes From The Drift is a fascinating book. With the feel of a modern wandering Daoist, Anthony Guilbert captures the harmony all wanders seek.” –Mary Ellen Metke, acupuncturist & teacher at the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture.
“Notes from the Drift contributes to the Taoist discourse with exquisite prose and well-placed, inspiring visuals that captivate the imagination of the modern seeker.” –Paul Cavel, author of The Tai Chi Space.