Wonder

Éditions de la Martinière, Éditions de la Martinière, 216 pages, 100 unpublished photographs, published on October 10, 2019.

A tribute, in text and images, to the beauty of nature and life in all its forms.

 "To melt into the immensity of the sky, to lose oneself in the maze of a bark, to disappear in the intimacy of a flower like Alice who passes through the mirror and finds herself in Wonderland. Savour the freshness of the moment without getting lost in the thousand and one other distractions... " 

In short, to marvel at everything, at nothing, at the simple, the leaf, the twig, the rock, the water. Find a child's view of nature, its infinitely big and its infinitely small. It is towards this simple and instinctive wonder, too often buried under the cobblestones of our cities and our lives, that the Buddhist monk and photographer Matthieu Ricard invites us, in words and images.

 "Wonder elevates us by inviting into our inner landscape serene, vast and open mental states that engender a sense of adequacy with the world..." It is an incentive to let go, to full consciousness, to appreciate the present moment. It fills us with the vast and moving interdependence of beings and nature. It encourages us to transform ourselves and to reconnect, with respect and caring, to all that surrounds us.

From Argentina to Canada, from Iceland to Nepal, Matthieu Ricard's text and his 150 colour pictures make us rediscover the virtues of this primitive enthusiasm and "our innate affinity with Nature".

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