San Francisco Writer Discovers How Little She Needs for Happiness

Jane Anne Staw's Newest Book Explores the Notion of Thinking Small
By: Shanti Arts Publishing
Jane Anne Staw, "Small: The Little We Need for Happiness"
Jane Anne Staw, "Small: The Little We Need for Happiness"
SAN FRANCISCO - Dec. 15, 2017 - PRLog -- Known as someone who worried about every little thing and always anticipated the worst possible outcome, writer Jane Anne Staw was one day inspired to think small. Out for an afternoon walk, she noticed a small, dried leaf lying on the sidewalk, and it was as if she'd never seen such a lovely thing before. The beauty of the leaf and her awareness of it inspired her to learn to pay attention to the unfolding moments of life without the burden of worrying about what might come next. Over time, thinking small developed into a central practice in Staw's life, and what followed was life-changing.

Published in December 2017 by Shanti Arts, a small independent press in Brunswick, Maine, the short and insightful essays in Small: The Little We Need for Happiness are about some of life's most common occurrences, such as preparing cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving dinner and tackling an overgrown garden, but also life's most intense, sitting with a dying friend and dealing with difficult family relationships. Through these essays, which are meditations and exercises in thinking small, Staw reveals the story of how she discovered a life of profound contentment and wellbeing by focusing on the little things in life.

Through Staw's very personal and honest accounts of life's challenges and her constant worrying about the future, Small makes a significant contribution to current popular discussions of mindfulness. Staw reveals how her practice of thinking small developed and ultimately changed her life. Readers will see themselves in many of Staw's essays and will find inspiration to slow down, be mindful, and think small.


Praise for Small: The Little We Need for Happiness

"Into our super-sized world of 'more' comes this gem of a book inviting us to observe life through a different lens. Small shows the reader that the secret to feeling more alive is in slowing down enough to discover the subtleties of life all around us and within our hearts. Like looking at a drop of pond water under a microscope, Jane Anne Staw reminds us that by focusing with care and sensitivity a whole world of connection and miracles is revealed. Small helps us reclaim our sense of wonder and see each moment with fresh eyes. I love this book."
James Baraz, Awakening Joy: 10 Steps That Will Put You on the Road to Real Happiness

"In this age of shortened attention spans and slavish devotion to our iPhones, Facebook, and Twitter feeds, Jane Ann Staw has written a collection of lyrical essays that remind us of the importance of savoring the moment. Her meditations on the small beauties of life—the trill of the junko, the individual words in a poem, the struggles and triumphs of a single garden plant—are a guidebook of sorts on how to strip away the unnecessary to uncover the essential."
Frances Dinkelspiel, Tangled Vines, Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California

"With calm brilliance, Staw reminds us of the beauty always around us and helps us, by example, tune into the many facets of love in our lives. Different from other self-help books, Small is a portal that takes us wide and deep (within and without) into a borderless field of grace."
Susan Wooldridge, Poem Crazy: Freeing Your Life With Words

Now Available
ISBN: 978-1-947067-14-1  |  $ 18.95  |  softcover  |  186 pages
ISBN: 978-1-947067-26-4  |  $   3.99  |  digital

Available at physical and online bookstores;
retailers may obtain copies through Ingram Content Group;
libraries may obtain copies through Baker & Taylor.

Christine Cote
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