Here Comes the Sun: A Journey to Adoption in 8 Chakras

Here Comes the Sun A Journey to Adoption in Chakras At thirty Californian Leza Lowitz is single and traveling the world which suits her just fine Coming of age in Berkeley California during the sexual and feminist revolutions of the s she lear

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  • Title: Here Comes the Sun: A Journey to Adoption in 8 Chakras
  • Author: Leza Lowitz
  • ISBN: 9781611720211
  • Page: 478
  • Format: Paperback
  • At thirty, Californian Leza Lowitz is single and traveling the world, which suits her just fine Coming of age in Berkeley, California, during the sexual and feminist revolutions of the 1970s, she learned that marriage and family could wait.Or could they When Leza moves to Japan and meets the man of her dreams, her heart opens in ways she never thought possible But she sAt thirty, Californian Leza Lowitz is single and traveling the world, which suits her just fine Coming of age in Berkeley, California, during the sexual and feminist revolutions of the 1970s, she learned that marriage and family could wait.Or could they When Leza moves to Japan and meets the man of her dreams, her heart opens in ways she never thought possible But she s still an outsider, and home is far away Rather than struggle to fit in, she opens a yoga studio and makes a home for others Then, at forty four, Leza and her Japanese husband seek to adopt in a country where bloodlines are paramount and family ties are almost feudal in their cultural importance She travels to India to work on herself and back to California to deal with her past Something is still not complete until she learns that when you give a little love to a child, you get the whole world in return.This inspiring memoir reflects the author s deep connection to yoga that allows her to realize that infertile does not mean inconceivable Through teaching, meditation, and community, she transcends her struggles and embraces the joys of adoption and motherhood.Leza Lowitz lives in Tokyo with her husband, the writer Shogo Oketani, and their ten year old son She has edited and published over seventeen books, many on Japan, and has run her own yoga studio in Tokyo for a decade She travels throughout Japan and Asia to teach yoga and write Her debut YA novel, Jet Black and the Ninja Wind, won the 2013 2014 Asian Pacific American Award in Young Adult Literature.

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    1. Full disclosure: I know Leza Lowitz personally, but I am not a yogi and cannot even touch my toes. I know nothing about chakras and Sanskrit, so the idea of a book organized around eight chakras made me wary. When a friend asks you to read their novel, you agree with some trepidation but you continue reading because of the story, not the friendship. Autobiographies can also be tricky to read, because the story is a biased version of the writer’s life. Some are stilted, because the writer is mo [...]

    2. In a powerfully humble and intimate fashion, Leza Lowitz takes us with her on a journey of her own personal evolution from childhood to a motherhood that was difficult to manifest. It was an honor to be invited to grow with her and learn from this independent American-born woman about the Japanese man and culture she fell in love with, the dedication she had to following her dharma as a yoga teacher and writer, and her calling to become a mother. Skillfully, she weaved in wisdom from Rabbis, yog [...]

    3. Beating the odds, American Leza Lowitz finds herself on the road to adopting a little boy consigned to the Japanese orphanage system where adoptions are rare and adoptions to foreign mothers still rarer. In this beautifully written memoir, the author overcomes her own self-doubts, makes peace with her childhood past, and a body that won't conceive on command. Leza's honest and fascinating story guides us to share in her profound soul-searching journey. What begins in her birth country of America [...]

    4. This is a most unusual book, and that is certainly part of its charm. Author Leza Lowitz uses yoga and its chakras to tell the story of falling in love and making room in her life for a child. In her case, the adoption of a son in Japan, her adopted country (she is from Northern California originally). Even if the reader knows nothing about Japan, adoption, or yoga, this is still a wonderfully told tale worth pursuing.My main motivation for reading the book was not learning about adoption or sha [...]

    5. (This review copy was given by the author in exchange for an honest review.)HERE COMES THE SUN is Leza Lowitz's memoir about adoption-but not from the perspective of process and legalities. Rather, it focuses on the emotional journey that Lowitz and her family go through in her quest to become a mother. This raw, personal, reflective piece is an engaging read.This narrative is presented around the concept of chakras which Lowitz, founder of Sun and Moon Yoga Studio in Tokyo, uses in her practice [...]

    6. I was drawn to Leza Lowitz's memoir because I wanted to read about her life as an expat in Japan and her cross-cultural marriage with a Japanese man. I was also curious about her path to adoption and how that was accepted in Japan, a place that doesn't have many adoptions. I was also curious about how she integrated yoga into her story (I do Pilates, which uses a lot of yoga positions). What I found was a rich memoir filled with love, heartbreak, and acceptance. Leza's voice shines through her w [...]

    7. “There are hundreds of ways to be a mother, only one of which is to give birth.” This beautifully true statement made me smile the most while reading Here Comes the Sun. This is a honest and engaging story of the journey to motherhood through self discovery. Leza has a wonderfully open approach to her story of how, through yoga, she was able to overcome her past and open herself up to love and motherhood. As a parent of an adopted child, this story struck me on many levels and I was able to [...]

    8. Instant Classic “Here Comes the Sun,” about one woman's quest to create a family, is one of those rare books that will be close to my heart forever. Much like the teachings in "Women Who Run With The Wolves,” I found this book to be full of timeless wisdom.  At one point it read like a suspense novel, and I couldn’t put it down. Other times it was light and easy. When a writer writes from a placeof honesty, we learn from it. All of us. Lowitz's journey mirrored what I needed to hear [...]

    9. This book for me was about the power of love and the beauty of self discovery. It is beautifully written and inspirational. Families come together in many different ways and they are all beautiful and unique. Through this book you get to witness one woman's courage and determination in this journey we call life. It's hopeful, moving and above all honest.

    10. “Here Comes the Sun” is a story of becoming a mother, with truths of motherhood. I read as a progression – start to finish. Then I read it again more slowly. Some parts kept pulling me back. Now, ‘plot’ aside, I saw depths I missed the first time: witty asides, historical aspects blend in and give the event a foundation with barely a notice, her trust of intuitive messages, traditional and new wisdoms. I learned much about yoga with the reasons and results, the suffering I am not privy [...]

    11. I received a Kindle version of this book in exchange for a fair review.Let me also add that I have mostly stopped reviewing authors who solicit me through / because usually they fall victim to my policy of not posting reviews if I would give a book less than 3 stars.I'm happy to say Here Comes the Sun was much better than 3 stars. But I must admit that the reasons I went ahead and accepted the review request were probably the reasons I enjoyed the book so much: they hooked directly into my perso [...]

    12. I'm not massively into memoirs as I prefer fiction to non-fiction, but what appealed about Leza Lowitz's Here Comes the Sun: A Journey to Adoption in 8 Chakras was that it is set in Japan (and I always love reading about different people and cultures) and it is about a couple's journey to adoption, something which I know relatively little about but am very interested in. Lowitz writes:"In Japan, there's a word for empty space, like the white around a haiku on the page, the blank canvas on the to [...]

    13. Here Comes the Sun by Leza Lowitz is an engaging memoir, one woman’s search for meaning, a story laced with many spiritual lessons and one that will offer a beautiful path to dreamers and seekers. The style is deceptively simple, but beneath that simplicity are powerful currents of energy and a wisdom that will help many people seeking the path to themselves. The book can be read as a memoir on personal development, a path to self-discovery, or the author’s quest for meaning.At the bud of yo [...]

    14. Leza Lowitz’s beautiful new book maps the geography of longing, desire, and eventually fulfillment, as she travels back and forth between her birth country of the United States, and her adopted country of Japan.Although the subtitle suggests that Here Comes the Sun is based on the ancient yogic system of the energy centers, or chakras, like yoga (union, wholeness, oneness) her story embraces all aspects of the practice - as she learns it! - which makes it all the more valuable to us. From medi [...]

    15. I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review.In correspondence, the author Leza Lowitz has stated that, "among other things,this book is about forging a creative life."Reading the tale of that forging, I was and am astonished by the courage and skill it took to reveal with luminous clarity those deeply private moments, crises, and triumphs while linking them to the universal. The beguiling simplicity—how dare the author write in so casual, so conversational, a tone—is soon revealed [...]

    16. The second you hear the title, Here Comes the Sun, you hear George Harrison's voice in your head: "Here comes the sun, do do do do do"You remember the first time you heard the song, a time when you listened to it non-stop and most importantly, you are reminded that when the sun rises it is a slow, lovely, process of wonder, anticipation, hope and faith.Leza Lowitz’s, Here Comes The Sun—A Journey to Adoption in 8 Chakras, is a yoga book. It tells the story of an adventurous journey, of opposi [...]

    17. Author Leza Lowitz is a Jewish California girl who went on a journey of self-discovery and ended up living in the least likely place -- Japan. An early trip to Japan introduced her to her husband to be, perhaps the least uptight Japanese man in the world. Shogo gives space for self-discovery and a comfortable space to land when she finally decides that he is her b-shert (destiny). Then comes the interesting part. Can a young woman who identifies as Jewish find true happiness with a Japanese athe [...]

    18. In Japan, they have a saying: Mateba kanro no hiyori ari ~ If you wait…the sweet nectar of fair weather will come. But sometimes waiting simply isn’t enough. Sometimes you have to push the river, and no one knows better than Leza Lowitz, author of Here Comes the Sun: A Journey to Adoption in 8 Chakras. Leza Lowitz is a force of nature: Neither tempest nor tremblor, but rather a steady, purposeful momentum that carves canyons and moves mountains over time. With the yogic chakra system as a me [...]

    19. From "Now Reading" by Literary Mama staff:Fiction Editor Suzanne Kamata adds, "In Here Comes the Sun: A Journey to Adoption in 8 Chakras, Leza Lowitz, an award-winning poet and writer—and yoga instructor to the stars at her studio in Tokyo—writes of her unconventional path to motherhood. Having survived a difficult adolescence in 1970s Berkeley, she makes her way to Japan where, in her 30s, she eventually meets, falls in love with, and marries a Japanese poet and writer. After a bout of infe [...]

    20. This book resonated with me on so many levels. As a foreign wife in Japan whose married life has also ping-ponged between Japan and my native country, I almost felt like I was reliving parts of my life through someone else’s eyes – the depictions of Japanese society and the cityscape and the customs and the frustrations and the challenges of raising a child in Japan were so so familiar. And Leza’s description of her discovery of yoga and meditation and the calm and groundedness it gave her [...]

    21. I appreciated her book because I recently relocated myself to another city and still searching for my soul while asking my own life questions. I thought the relationship with her husband, her strong will of not-giving-up like a samurai, and how she opened her very personal difficult experiences honestly to readers are brave and beautiful. She kept asking herself about meanings of love, family, child, adoption, mother, health, teacher, and yoga while going through tough transitions from a beautif [...]

    22. An amazing piece of literature which delves into the world of fertility and adoption in Japan. Leza does an excellent job of describing the process of trying to conceive, while explaining in detail the difficulties that her and her husband (Shogo) faced during this difficult time. I loved how Leza was honest about her feelings, which made me fall in love with her positive outlook on life, despite her difficult situation at the time. It was wonderful to read about how the adoption process in Japa [...]

    23. This is a story of love and yoga, courage and transformation. Leza Lowitz takes us on a real life journey of a California girl living, working, and building a family Japan. Like every hero, she is challenged on her quest. Every time she is told no, she finds a new path to "yes". It is a story of two cultures blending, and of a mothers' love the exists through time. Best of all, Lowitz's writing is sparse in the best of ways, powerful. there are no wasted words on this personal journey, no incess [...]

    24. Here Comes the Sun chronicles Leza’sheart-warming story of becoming a mother. It also tells the story of a woman finding love and finding herself. This beautifully written book is not just for aspiring mothers. Anyone looking to embrace their unique journey in life may find inspiration in Leza’s courage and faith on her road to motherhood. By example, she shows us the way to open up, let go and invite in. Her words encourage me to stay open on my own path. Beautifully written and captivating [...]

    25. Here Comes the Sun is a story of courage and love, courageously and lovingly told. Leza's writing feels as comfortable and familiar to me as the craftsman homes of her Berkeley youth, but it is also infused with all the elegant simplicity and effortless poetry of her Japanese teahouse. This is to say: Leza takes you with her, takes you by the hand and by the heart. Like Amma, the hugging saint she admires so much, Leza wraps you up in her story and opens her soul to you, leaving you a bit bigger [...]

    26. I won this book from First Reads. I was excited to read the novel and I was not disappointed by what I found within its pages. The author told her story in such a way that I could almost join her as she traveled both literally and figuratively. I enjoyed watching the way in which her relationships with others and with her self unfurled throughout the course of the novel. I would definitely recommend it to a friend.

    27. I've been practicing yoga for almost 15 years, and, from to time, taking it for granted. This book re-animated my practice, showing me how much yoga can give to a searching heart. Leza Lowitz writes cleanly--and often poetically--about her journey to find herself as an American yogi in Japan, a forgiving daughter, and an adopting mother. Whether or not you've struggled with infertility, as Lowitz has, you will cheer for her achievement and admired her candor in this wonderful memoir.

    28. This is a beautiful book about one woman's journey to become a mother and to understand the love that can only happen between a mother and her child. But _Here Comes the Sun_ is so much more. Using yoga and the 8 chakras, Leza shows us a better way to live, a more productive way to self examine, self reflect, and to reach our dreams. I will recommend this book to all my friends, single, married, with children or childless. It has much to teach.

    29. This is a beautifully written story of one woman's unconventional approach to life, love, and motherhood. Readers with an interest in adoption, yoga, and cross cultural relationships will find Leza's story particularly inspiring, but this is a book that can also be enjoyed on a more general level as one woman's journey along a path less travelled.

    30. This book is a love letter, rich in wisdom and emotion. It is beautifully written and a pleasure to read. A hanky may be necessary.

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