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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely, pleasurable read, 22 Nov 2010
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This review is from: Meditation and The Art of Bee Keeping: The Way to Bee (Mindfulness) (Hardcover)
This book wasn't quite what I expected, but I loved it anyway. First of all, the title is great and I only wished someone had asked me what I was reading at the time so I could have told them. It is also physically beautiful, with lovely endpapers and great quality paper, which I didn't think mattered all that much to me, but I must admit is a great bonus. It's the sort of book you'd get from the Folio Society. And now for the content:
I was expecting something along the lines of: 'Look at the bees; see how they hum. As they hum so must you hum your mantra.' Actually the book has three subjects: firstly the author's initial experiences with bees and information on basic beekeeping, secondly his current battles for the survival of his hives and thirdly information about meditation. What you get is a little bit about one subject, then a little bit about another. Sometimes there is an obvious link and sometimes there isn't. It's a pleasant journey, and I didn't feel there was ever too much on one subject because just when I felt I had a lot to take in (I am eager to learn), the subject would move on to another topic.
Now I happen to be enrolled on a beekeeping course in a few months time and I happen to be eager to develop my meditation skills, so you could say that this book was made for me. Who else might be interested? Actually, anyone with an interest in bees would enjoy this, and anyone afraid of bees too, as understanding your enemy is the first stage of defense. But don't buy this book if you couldn't care less about bees - I don't think the author would want you to anyway.
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M. Fisher says:
I didn't quite know what to expect when I got this book but became increasingly charmed by it. There is something about the humanity of the author and the beauty of bees that weaves together almost silently. Perhaps it's the 'hum' of the book?! Following the author's own trials, learnings and understandings of his bee-keeping journey mixed together with these incredible, majestic, serving creatures was rather wonderful. I will NEVER eat honey in the same way again and I will tell everyone why. A wonderful little book to sway anyone who has an interest in bees...or even not, for they soon will gain a new level of respect.
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