Grand Prize Winner for the Non-Fiction, Indie Book Awards
Winner for the Science/Nature/Environment category, Indie Book Awards

Gold Medal Winner for Best Environment/Ecology/Nature Book, IPPY Book Awards
Winner for Spiritual category, Green Book Festival Awards

Crystal Clarity Publishers is thrilled to announce the release of a new classic by the world-renowned and highly regarded nature educator and author, Joseph Bharat Cornell.

Cornell’s classic bestseller, Sharing Nature with Children, sparked a worldwide revolution, connecting hundreds of thousands of educators and children with the renewing powers of Nature.

Now The Sky and Earth Touched Me will work similar wonders with adult nature lovers.

This book takes the Sharing Nature exercises to a much higher level. It encapsulates a “Healing in Nature” program that can be used by individuals and professionals such as educators, naturalists, health practitioners, and religious leaders.

There is a tremendous power in these exercises. Those who practice them enthuse: “I felt euphoria, and that I was one with everything.” “It made me feel like I was actually a part of the sand and ocean. I was moving with the waves.” “I found myself expanding farther and farther into nature.” “The exercise slowed down my observations. It sounded so simple, yet it was so strong.” “I knew that I belonged to the forest. I could feel the tree breathing, and enjoyed a sense of unity with it.”

Reading The Sky and Earth Touched Me expands the self, and nourishes the soul. These exercises can take people beyond themselves, beyond their daily problems, and bring them to a higher level of consciousness.

Cornell is a master storyteller, with a gift for sensitizing others to the great outdoors. Readers are uplifted, and transported to lakes, canyons, and woodlands while reading his words. He weaves magic with science, poetry with instruction, with delightful serenity. He invites readers, through their senses and intuition, to launch their own exploration into a magical world.

To fully enjoy this book and its exercises, read The Sky and Earth Touched Me outdoors in a beautiful setting such as a garden, backyard porch, or nature park.

As readers practice each of the exercises, they will experience invaluable nature awareness principles. While Part One is designed for personal practice, Part Two contains exercises that can be shared with a friend or a group of friends.

The Sky and Earth Touched Me

Joseph Bharat Cornell

Joseph Bharat Cornell is an internationally renowned author and founder of Sharing Nature Worldwide, one of the planet's most widely respected nature awareness programs. His first book, Sharing Nature with Children, “sparked a worldwide revolution in nature education” and has been published in twenty languages and sold half a million copies. He is the honorary president of Sharing Nature Association of Japan, which has 10,000 members and 35,000 trained leaders.

Mr. Cornell is the author of the Sharing Nature Book Series, used by millions of parents, educators, naturalists, and youth and religious leaders all over the world. Mr. Cornell's books, Listening to Nature and The Sky and Earth Touched Me, have inspired thousands of adults to deepen their relationship with nature.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service selected Mr. Cornell's Sharing Nature with Children as one of the fifteen most influential books published since 1890 for connecting children and families to nature. His highly effective outdoor learning strategy, Flow Learning™, was featured by the U.S. National Park Service as one of five recommended learning theories, along with the works of Maria Montessori, Howard Gardner, John Dewey, and Jean Piaget.

Mr. Cornell’s books have received the following prestigious awards.

Sharing Nature:

Winner, Silver Nautilus Award in the Animals & Nature category
Winner, Grand Prize: Indie Book Awards in the Non-Fiction category
Winner, Indie Book Award in the Science/Nature/Environment category
Winner, Indie Book Award in the Parenting/Family category
Winner, Silver Evergreen Medal in the Nature Conservation category
Winner, Green Book Festival Award in the How-To category

The Sky and Earth Touched Me:

Winner, Grand Prize Indie Book Awards for the Non-Fiction category
Winner, Indie Book Awards for the Science/Nature/Environment category
Winner, Gold Medal IPPY Book Awards for Best Environment/Ecology/Nature Book category
Winner, Green Book Festival in the Spiritual category

John Muir: My Life with Nature:

Winner, ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award, Non-Fiction Humane Heroes

Mr. Cornell has received many international awards for his Sharing Nature books and work. He received the prestigious Countess Sonja-Bernadotte Prize in Germany for his vast influence on environmental education in Central Europe.

In 2011 Cornell was selected as one of the world's “100 most influential opinion leaders committed to the Environment” by the French organization, Les Anges Gardiens de la Planète.

Along with Jane Goodall and David Attenborough, Joseph Bharat Cornell is
an Honorary Member of the Hungarian Society of Environmental Education

Known for his warmth and joyful enthusiasm, Cornell “has a genius for finding the essence of a subject, explaining it in clear and compelling ways, and then giving the reader creative exercises to gain an actual experience.”

Joseph and his wife, Anandi, are senior ministers and residents of Ananda Village in Northern California.

For more information on Joseph Cornell's books and activities, please visit www.sharingnature.com.

Preface
How To Use This Book

Part One:
1.The Great Teacher & Healer
2.The Heart of Nature
3.Forest Bathing
4.Nature and Me
5.The Sky and Earth Touched Me
6.Expanding Circles
7.Living in the Present
a. The Vibrant Peace Walk
8.I Am the Mountain
9.Benevolence of Life
a.Flow with Life
10.All Good Things Come From Stillness
a.Watching the Breath Meditation
b.A Lake Is Like the Mind
11.Giving to Life

Part Two:
12.Sharing with Others
13.Camera Game
14.Silent Sharing Walk
15.Trail of Beauty
16.Journey to the Heart of Nature
17.Birds of the Air

Part Three:
18. Communing with Life
19. Living in Oneness

A Sharing Nature Wellness Day
Author Page
Sharing Nature Worldwide
Appendix
-The Birds of the Air Musical Score
Index

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The same spirit of playful mindfulness that Joseph Cornell has used to connect millions of children with the outdoors he now offers to us all. This book is a gift!”

Bill McKibben, Founder 350.org, environmentalist

“Rather than taking strolls in the woods, we become the woods. Cornell inspires our transformation by gently helping us shed what separates us from nature.”
Tamarack Song, author of Entering the Mind of the Tracker, founder of Teaching Drum Outdoor School

“An instruction manual for all who wish to live in harmony with Planet Earth.”
Frank Helling, U.S. National Park naturalist, John Muir storyteller

“Imagine the lines of distinction between you and a tree or animal becoming blurred or disappearing altogether, as you realize you have become that tree or animal in a very real sense. Read the book and be inspired; do the activities and be transformed!”
Kathryn Gann, Director, Theosophical Society of America

“Cornell’s book is full of simple practices that help us lay aside our thoughts and worries and become truly present amidst the wonder—and recapture the soul-expanding magic of communing with Nature.”
Joseph Selbie, author of The Yugas and the Protectors Diaries series

“This is not a book to read and put on a shelf—this is a book to experience. Take the time to . . . enjoy the exercises Joseph has designed to connect you to the joy and peace of Nature.”
Karl Sniady, President, The Coaches Training Institute

“An excellent guidebook for those who wish to live in harmony with nature. The wonderful exercises in this book . . . calm us, and help us feel oneness with the world around us.” —Masahito Yoshida, Professor, World Heritage Studies, University of Tsukuba and Executive Director, Nature Conservation Society of Japan

“A phenomenal book. . . . Profound and movingly written, it is presented with clarity and simplicity. Enriching, awakening, and life-changing nature experiences.”
Roderic Knowles, author of Gospel of the Living Tree

“Joseph Cornell offers accessible and simple techniques for remembering and reclaiming your Joy of Being.”
Kristy Fassler Hect, ND

“An excellent resource to help people reconnect and relate deeply to nature, including other people, and through these experiences to love and care for creation.”
James E. Crowfoot, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources and Urban and Regional Planning, Dean Emeritus, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan

“A wonderful gift [also] for someone who is not able to go out in nature due to physical challenges. Some wonderful nature journeys could be taken right from home . . . that could be very soul-satisfying.”
New Spirit Journal

“Presents simple but powerful exercises to calm and expand our sense of the natural world. These exercises . . . are guides to a deeper love of nature along with a profound inner sense of stewardship.”
Light of Consciousness magazine

“In his new book, The Sky and Earth Touched Me, Joseph Cornell does not merely inspire us to commune with nature, but actually provides us with exercises to have a deeper relationship with flowers, trees, and wildlife.”
Pantheist Vision