About the Book
Poetry says what the mind can only glimpse but the heart knows full well. It is the ancient language of the soul spoken by all mystic bards of Bhakti, the yoga of devotion calling us to awaken to divine Love. Through the ages, poetry persists as the soul insists on revealing itself again and again.
In her luminous poems, Ellen Grace O’Brian manages to braid contemporary moments of everyday life with ancient spiritual teachings—the sight of a hummingbird’s red throat, bread on the table, a couple’s quarrel, a mother’s advice—become doorways into the divine mystical heart. The Moon Reminded Me, subtly laced with Sanskrit, gives us an insight into a poet who bridges two worlds eloquently enough to take us along with her. Sandhya, the numinous time for stepping into the temple, suddenly becomes this moment, now.
The moon, shining in many of the poems, became the perfect reminder of the divine light reflected in our days and nights, hearts and minds. The arc of the work—from transformation to the realization of oneness—is the prayer of this work and the purview of its poetry. These poems are my humble attempt to put that into words, what I know or suspect but cannot say. I offer them at your lotus feet.
—Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian
Upcoming Book Events
Poetry Santa Cruz featuring Ellen Grace O'Brian, Kevin Opstedal, Ziggy Rendler-Bregman, Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts
Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian will be reading from her award-winning book of poetry 'The Moon Reminded Me' published by Homebound Publications in 2017.
To know true fulfillment in life we all must learn to live from the inside-out, rather than from the outside in. Living from the inside out is the way of spiritual awakening, of living from the soul. When we live from the soul, we access our power of discernment, and our innate vitality, radiance, and joy. There is no need to let outer conditions determine our lives. We have the ability to bring forth our inner light and power to overcome any obstacle and realize our greatest potential.