The Moon Reminded Me


Finalist for the 2016 Homebound Publications Poetry Prize

Finalist for the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in Spirituality category

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.

Sanskrit provided the themes of sandhyā, transformation; sankalpa, intention; maitrī, friendship and love; līlā, divine play; and ultimately, Advaita, the realization of oneness.



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From the Book Introduction by Author

My first two books of poetry, One Heart Opening and The Sanctuary of Belonging, owed from two streams of my life—one from my experiences as a daughter, wife, mother, and friend; and the other from my experiences as a spiritual pilgrim, a woman of deep longing traveling through India with an open heart. I knew when I wrote this book that those two streams must come together. I knew they belonged together, just as the realm of relationship—the loves and challenges of our earthy life—are inextricably linked to our divine longing and Self-realization.

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

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Additional information

Weight 0.4 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 0.3 × 9 in

Homebound Publications – 2017, Trade Paperback, 110pgs, ISBN 978-1-938846-99-1