A delightfully illustrated guide to harnessing the rhythms of nature for self-care.
We could all learn a thing or two about living in balance from our friends in the plant and animal kingdom.
Take, for example, the jellyfish, one of the most energy-efficient animals in the world, moving through the ocean by contracting and relaxing, with frequent breaks in between.
Or the avocado tree, which can credit its existence to a mutually beneficial relationship with the pre-historic sloth, followed by some hungry, hungry humans and the advent of agriculture.
And then there is the oyster, producing a pearl as the result of an immune response when a grain of sand invades her system. What better example exists of how adversity can produce something beautiful?
We need look no farther than nature—from the habits of the porcupine to the sunflower to the wombat to the dragonfly—for small and simple things we can do to slow down, recharge, and living more thoughtfully, lovingly, and harmoniously.
Wisdom From a Humble Jellyfish . . . is at once charming and scientific, packed with essential wisdom and practical tips worth borrowing from our plant and animal friends for life-changing self-care.
Shah, founder of Fuss Class News, a South Asian American satire website, debuts with a charming "safari of self-care" in which she shares self-care lessons based on the behaviors of animals and plants. To take the animal of the title as an example, Shah suggests that the jellyfish offers an object lesson in the conservation of energy and the need for regular relaxation. Shah's tips are simple and practical: for instance, in riffing on the jellyfish, she proposes that a moment of rest can come from small novelties, such as simply changing the route of a daily walk to give oneself a chance at new scenery. Oysters exhibit how "pain or difficulty can be used to create something beautiful," and porcupines teach readers that "you can't control whether or not you get hurt... but you can control how much you allow it to affect you." Her trip through nature is illustrated with delightful drawings and dingbats, giving the production the feel of a picture book in some sections. Shah's humor is infectious, and her breezy approach makes learning from shrimp, sloths, spiders, and wombats, among many others, unexpectedly rewarding. This whimsical excursion into the wisdom of the natural world will appeal to readers on the prowl for lighthearted self-help.