Make Your Heart Smile
In the course of our lives, we get caught up in our hectic schedules, financial worries, family responsibilities, and more, and lose our hope and passion for life. Bird of the Soul, by New York Times bestselling author Ilchi Lee, is a simple, heartwarming story on how we lose that hope and how we can get it back.
Appealing to the pure inner child within all of us, this inspirational fable is for all who have come through difficult times and feel distanced from their own souls. It is a book for those who believe there is more to life than just surviving day to day.
Bird of the Soul speaks to anyone who wants to fill the feeling of emptiness that comes when we no longer hear our souls’ voice. The book includes a 21-Day Meditation Journal and a CD with two guided meditations that help readers reestablish their intimate relationship with the soul.
The hand-painted illustrations and sweet style of Bird of the Soul take the reader back to the security and freedom of childhood, when most of us felt supported as we became anything we wanted through our imagination.
Through the lessons and exercises of Bird of the Soul, readers can take the journey to rediscover and heal their souls by expanding the energy of the heart and learning to listen to the soul’s innermost desires.
You will get from this book
- Renewed joy and passion for living
- Peaceful rest
- Rediscovery of your inner child
- Deep inner contentment
- The means for an authentic life
Get a glimpse of your soul with this short visualization inspired by the book:
- You can do this meditation sitting, standing, or lying down.
Close your eyes and breathe naturally while you feel your breath going in through your nose, down to your lungs, and then out through your mouth. Let the feeling of your breath gradually relax you.
- Hold out one hand with its palm up, and in your mind’s eye, imagine a bird leaping out of the center of your chest onto your hand. Examine the bird. What kind of bird is it? What shape and size is it?
- Caress the bird gently with your other hand and speak to it reassuringly. Say to it all you have wanted to say to your soul. Tell it Thank you, I’m sorry, please forgive me, I love you.
- Now watch as the bird flies up into the air. Spread your arms and fly with it. Look at the landscape below. Whatever is beneath you, fly freely and joyfully with the bird of your soul.
- Finally, return to the earth with your bird. Thank the bird and cradle it back into your chest, putting your hands over your heart. Feel inside the center of your chest as you take three deep breaths and open your eyes.
- What did you experience during this meditation? If you would like to share it with others, you can post it in our forum.
“It turns out that the great mysteries of life can be comprehended even by children, when that explanation is put into the hands of someone such as Ilchi Lee. With this sweet and gentle book, Bird of the Soul, Ilchi Lee has opened the door for a child’s rich and deep understanding, which, in turn, can lead them to a full and rewarding life. I hope every parent and grandparent shares this story with their beloved Little Ones.”
— Neale Donald Walsch, bestselling author of the Conversations with God series
“Bird of the Soul is exquisite. It is pure truth and the essence of peace. Trust its simplicity.”
— James O’Dea, award-winning author of Cultivating Peace
“This is a beautiful book, lovely. Its message resonates deeply.”
— Christiane Northrup, M.D., ob/gyn physician and author of the New York Times bestsellers: Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause
“Esta hermosa historia me recuerda que la felicidad no viene de afuera sino de adentro. Al leerla siento claramente como el Universo nos habla a través de nuestro corazón y me inspira para vivir siempre en paz y feliz al escuchar a mi alma, entrenando a mi mente para que siempre esté al servicio del amor incondicional que viene de Dios y que es mi verdadera escencia.”
“This beautiful story reminds me that happiness doesn’t come from the outside but from inside. When I read it, I feel clearly how the Universe speaks to us through our hearts and inspires me to live always in peace and happiness—listening to my soul and training my mind to always serve the unconditional love that comes from God and that is my true essence.”
— Marco Antonio Regil, Mexican and U.S. television personality and game show host
“I absolutely loved Ilchi Lee’s Bird of the Soul. It’s so beautifully written with a uplifting message for all ages on hope, faith, and the importance of tuning into your inner self while honoring your soul. The journal and CD are wonderful tools for everyone to guide you on your journey. A great book for all ages with beautiful illustrations. A definite must-have for anyone looking to reconnect with their inner Bird of the Soul.”
— Shalini Vadhera Potts, global lifestyle expert, Oprah Award winner, and bestselling author of Passport to Beauty
Other Praise for the Book
Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite
“Bird of the Soul is an inspirational story written by Ilchi Lee and illustrated by Jisu Han. It’s the story of Jay, a man who has become too busy and preoccupied with life to remember the soul-bird who used to make him so happy and hopeful for the future. Although he had everything that a man could wish for – a loving wife and family, and a good job—there was something missing from his life, and Jay fell into despair. Jay’s soul-bird was very weak, but he still was able to whisper to Jay that it was all right to dream and to have hope. Jay finally sees his soul-bird again and is overjoyed, yet concerned, as the bird is too weak to fly. Together, they return to the places and feelings they shared when Jay was a child and the two become healed and strong again.
Ilchi Lee’s inspirational parable Bird of the Soul is beautifully written, and the illustrations of Jisu Han bring those words to life. The illustrations are marvelous: each one is meticulously drawn and the colors glow. The reader learns by following Jay’s journey as he realizes that dreams and happiness are not solely the realm of childhood. I’ve read through this story twice and intend to spend a lot more time with it. The tale is simple and powerful, and those drawings are mesmerizing. I was initially concerned that a book about the soul might lead to the beliefs of a particular religion, but Lee’s Bird of the Soul has relevance for people of all beliefs.”
Tania Staley for Readers’ Favorite
“In the busy happenings of everyday life, we, as a society, often forget to take care of ourselves. When meals are eaten on the run and sleep is snatched when the opportunity arises, it is no wonder that many of us often neglect our spiritual side. Ilchi Lee’s beautiful book, Bird of the Soul, is a reminder to slow down and take care of our souls. In his introduction, Lee states that he believes that, “Everyone yearns to connect with something more permanent and meaningful than what ordinary life offers.” One of these connections necessary for fulfillment is a thriving connection with the soul. In this simple and straightforward picture book, Lee discusses the fictional life of Jay, a boy born with a thriving soul. However, as with so many of us, the hectic nature of his daily life created a disconnect between him and his soul. Come along with Jay as he strives to pull himself out of despondency and reconnect with his “bird of the soul.”
There is something quite rewarding and enjoyable about a picture book aimed at adults. It is like a little treat and a reminder of the child that resides in all of us, which I believe is an attitude the author is hoping to convey. Rarely does an author choose this form to reach an adult audience, and even more rarely does it work, but for Ilchi Lee’s Bird of the Soul it works splendidly. Our society is full of dense self-help books, how-to lists, guides, etc., but Lee’s simpler approach speaks volumes. Rather than being preached to or lectured at, readers are instead allowed to witness Jay’s life and compare it to their own. Where this book truly shines, however, is in its stunning illustrations by Jisu Han. With colorful, vibrant, and joyful illustrations, Bird of the Soul immerses readers in a world of hope and excitement. For anyone struggling to find meaning or anyone simply wanting some validation in their life, I highly recommend this lovely picture book, and I will be interested in seeing what Ilchi Lee does next.”
Melinda Hills for Readers’ Favorite
“Bird of the Soul by Ilchi Lee is a remarkable short guide to finding peace and purpose by looking within. Lee reminds us that we have lost the innocence of youth and, in so doing, have lost touch with our souls. As busy adults caught up in the responsibilities and problems of modern life, we have no time for sitting back and appreciating the wonders of the universe. We have stopped listening to the inner voice that expresses a deep love and respect for the beauty of nature and the depth of love and human interaction. Bird of the Soul provides a 21-day process that will enable you to reconnect with the deepest part of your being—the part that hopes, aims high and achieves fabulous things. The simple act of meditating or taking the time to marvel at the universe offers everyone a break from the hectic pace of today and begins a movement toward contentment and acceptance.
Ilchi Lee, a world renowned trainer for the development of better mind-body connections for improved health and happiness, has created a 21-day mediation guide in Bird of the Soul. The short story that sets the tone of the meditation is a simple look at the change that occurs between childhood and adulthood and provides a dramatic catalyst for change. The meditation questions along with the CD offer a focal point for introspection and reconnection with that still, quiet place deep inside that most adults stopped listening for long ago. This book represents a small first step that can lead to big changes and improvements in anyone’s life.”
Kylie Riordan, author of the Mindful Mummy Healing blog
“Lives can be transformed in minutes.
It doesn’t use too much spiritual jargon. A child could even read it, however there is a part in it, which caused me to become an emotional mess. It vividly describes the disconnection to our soul that we go through and how alone and hopeless we feel during this time. We have all been in this space in life, where we feel we just cant see how we can continue to exist like this anymore.
This book made me think about my children. . . . I want to try and help my children to remember their soul is always within them. Keep them feeling closer to ‘home’ as long as possible so that maybe they don’t have to go through some of the terrible pain and heartache that I have been through in my life. It has been a lovely reminder for me of the lessons that I need to teach my children to bring them closer to their Soul, to remember to always let their bird (soul) fly. There will be plenty of opportunities in their life for their Bird to break its wings and for them to feel that utterly painfully disconnection, lets hope I can help ease some of their pain by teaching them about the precious little bird inside of them.
. . . I wish I could read this book again for the first time. I felt my soul inside of me swell with love. My soul was reminding me that it is always there, never too far away… only a thought. It is only the illusion of my life story that makes me forget about the connection. My soul loves me unconditionally… it is egoless. I only need to remember its presence within me, within all whom I come in contact with.
. . . If you are feeling despair or loneliness at the moment, this book may help. It can help you in such a short period of time also, awesome. Join in the new wave of soul connectedness; it’s the new in thing. To give your bird wings you just have to have hope. This is why a child has such a beautiful connection to their soul. Bless their little souls. We have much to learn from children.”
Melissa Molfetto, author of the How to Live Happily Ever After blog
“The book is beautiful. The illustrations are colorful and in a word: joyful. The prose is eloquently written, and the message is spot on. . . . I think the point of this book is to touch the inner child of an adult. I think many adults need this book. I think it would particularly benefit adults in recovery. I love the idea of an attached CD with guided meditation. . . . The book is inspired, no doubt. I think older children would enjoy it, and see it as a cautionary tale. I think the picture book format connects to that inner child. And what is so beautiful about that is that connection to the inner child is what brings that soul bird back to life. That’s what fills the whole. Finding that childlike faith reminds us of how it feels to be connected because children are always connected.”