Book Review: Walking Through This

Walking Through This Book Review

Book: “Walking Through This: Harness the Healing Power of Nature and Travel the Road to Forgiveness” Sara Shulting KranzHarper Horizon, 2020.

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

I found this book by Sara Shulting Kranz to be interesting. I found that her in-depth knowledge of trauma and PTSD is based on the fact that she has had to deal with it and go through it herself.

She understands more than just an empathetic listener. I won’t repeat her life story other than to say that she has gone through a lot. We all do but that is what is so wonderful about this book is that she gives you steps to deal with the trauma. 

Sara gives you written meditations that you can read and then practice. After you are done the guided meditation, she gives you some questions to consider as you take your information gleaned from this process and reflect upon any and all insights. She asks that you write about it.

I find it interesting she mentions a little fact that since 2012, the number of people meditating in this world has tripled. That is significant and shows that there is value in following through with inner work including listening to your intuition.

After learning the six steps, she asks you to forgive yourself, the perpetrator and also the world.

In the meantime, Sara has also implemented a number of practical techniques of walking in nature including retreats through the Grand Canyon or standup paddle boarding on water. From Sara doing her work, she is able to give practical advice and not that just of a psychologist or counsellor who doesn’t have any personal terms of reference and can only reflect back to you what they have heard without any concrete suggestions or relevant life event experiences or tasks to pursue.

I give this book a 4.25 out of 5 for being a useful book that was interesting to read. She is on social media like Instagram and Facebook. She has her own website as well.

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Oceanic Dusk

Oceanic Dusk– Photography by Mary Mikawoz

There is something to be said about seeing the potential in something or someone. There are the ingredients of greatness in everyone but we need to tease it out bit by bit.

Most people give up too easily and look the other way without seeing what can actually come to be if only effort is applied. Keep going, it is a just a matter of time before greatness and ease come into your life. There is always a glimmer of hope even if you think it is not worth it.

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Wind Swept

Wind Swept – Photography by Mary Mikawoz

The breeze was blowing across the waters near Grand Beach, Manitoba. It is part of the Lake Winnipeg system. I took this photo midway between West Beach and East Beach in the Lagoon.

I can still hear the wind whipping by and remember the plants swaying to the moving air flow. You can see the ripples of the water behind.

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Sundogs Over Substation

Sundogs Over Substation

I took this photograph this afternoon near Gimli, Manitoba over the substation. The sun is fairly low in the sky as it is winter time. The Sundogs on either side of the sun indicate that it is cold outside or that it will be. Both are true in this case. With temperatures in the minus 20 degrees Celsius range, or minus 4 Fahrenheit, you know it is cold.  

Here is the current forecast from Environment Canada, “A bitterly cold north wind will bring extreme wind chills of minus 40 to much of southern Manitoba overnight and into Thursday morning.” 

I like the brilliant star effect around the sun and the way the Sundogs are like little rainbow arcs around at the sun’s sides. 

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No Roof

No Roof

I am intrigued by old and decaying buildings. I think that they represent, once upon a time, a function and a story. This structure served its purpose once upon a time. It is part of a farm and may have been used in a number of different ways. 

The sad part is that the basic outline is there but essentially there is no roof. All the elements of rain, snow, wind and even sun can get in. The bad and the good. It is not protected from the weather having to give in to the harsh climate of the prairies.

Is its function gone? Is it no longer needed or necessary? Yet, it stands and it is resolute just like people are despite aging and being elderly. If only you were a fly on the wall and could hear the stories it would tell – the fun, the laughter and the sadness. 

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Wilting Sunflower

Wilting Sunflower

I went for a walk in the fall time and came across a garden with beautiful sunflowers. This one was wilting from having been cold during the night. I like the fact that it has character despite having faced difficulties.  

It is dealing with the negative elements but doing incredibly well. It is like people who deal with problems and issues but continue to be positive and come out up on top. 

Good luck to any and all people facing difficulties. Face the challenges and come up over the barricade or hurdle with achievement and accomplishments. 

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Pompe à Eau

Mikawoz Pompe à Eau

Pompe à Eau

While travelling in France, we stayed with friends in the French countryside just outside of Paris. It was a beautiful cottage home. I enjoyed wandering the grounds exploring the gardens and photographing this water pomp or Pompe à Eau.

I have put a sepia colour to indicate that it is from an older time and generation.

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Grass Growing

Mikawoz Grass Growing

Grass Growing

Sometimes such as now, I feel as if we are watching grass grow. It is small and miniscule. You do not see progress everyday but it is there growing. Such is the time with the Corona Virus, progress is being made to defeat, eliminate or decrease its effects. Time will be the answer as we watch the “grass grow.”

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Flying Time

Mikawoz Flying Time

Flying Time

This is an abstract art piece with a drawing from gel pens. I scanned it into the computer and gave some interesting effects such that it looks like you are flying into a vortex or portal through time and space.

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Wrinkles in Time

Mikawoz Wrinkles in Time

Wrinkles In Time

The water in the Bahama Islands has created these “Wrinkles in Time.” I took a number of photographs of these sand ridges. It is as if they are individual finger prints in the memory of time and sand. It was hard to find places were people had not stood and ruined the individual prints. I like the texture and flow. It is like musical rhythm.

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