~ A Soulful, Meditative Memoir Full of Spiritual Insight ~
Year of Living Deeply
A Memoir of 1969
By award-winning author
Year of Living Deeply: A Memoir of 1969 is the 50thanniversary edition of a memoir about awakening, love, and transformation in the context of the marker events of that year. Soon after the Moon Walk, Robert Atkinson leaves a Southampton summer camp, where he was a camp counselor, to re-connect with Pete Seeger on the Hudson River sloop Clearwater. He is invited to join the maiden voyage as crew member, and one adventure leads to another as his journey of self-discovery converges with the collective transformation going on around him.
Full of soulfulness, grace, and insights, Year of Living Deeply gently carries the reader into a magical realm of timelessness, from sailing on the Clearwater, to attending Woodstock, to living in a cabin in the woods, to meeting Joseph Campbell, who, with Pete Seeger, becomes a guide and mentor, to visiting Arlo Guthrie at his farm in the Berkshires with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, to living as a guest in a Franciscan monastery, all of which help to reveal the patterns connecting all things. He returns to Southampton College, where he had graduated 3 years earlier, to teach a course on folk-rock lyrics as poetry – what all his adventures had been preparing him for – and shares with his students the lessons of a life lived deeply.
For today, and every other day, Year of Living Deeply carries a message that is timely and timeless.
Set across the four seasons, here is a short excerpt from the first season, Summer:
I was filled with excitement when the inner voice I had not heard for years spoke:
Awaken and become conscious of that part of yourself that is part of everyone.
Allow yourself to pass beyond the gate of limits into a land of wonder where boundaries cease to exist.
Listen every day as if each sound was just for you to understand. Feel the life in each moment as it comes to you.
Immediately, I sensed that something more meaningful than I had known before was possible, even imminent.
This “profound” and “inspiring” book ~
Reminds us how critical the marker events of 1969 were in shaping the transformation of consciousness that is now in full swing,
Provides insights into how those events have changed our collective worldview, and
Illustrates how important it is in each of our lives to find our own call to adventure, to be open to our own search for truth, especially in an age of opposing views, and to allow ourselves to follow whatever it is that most deeply calls out to our heart and soul.