Note to Self

by Jamie K. Reaser

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“This is poetry for the soul…It took me down into my depths, beckoning me to dig fearlessly into my composted dreams, commitments, and deep yearnings. I resisted the urge to read the entire collection in one sitting, instead ruminating over each poem as one might a grand painting or a sacred gospel.” —

Christopher Uhl, PhD, author of Developing Ecological Consciousness: Path to a Sustainable World

“Jamie K. Reaser is a rare bird, indeed: a mystic naturalist, a gifted poet, and a virtuoso guide to soul. With the Siren song of her seductive verse, this chthonic critter will grab you by the ankles and draw you down toward the ecstatic and terrifying mysteries of the one life you can call your own, your one true gift for this breaking world. ” —

Bill Plotkin, Ph.D., Author of Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of  Nature and Psyche and Nature and the Human Soul

“Jamie’s poetry lands in my soul like gentle rain on a desert. Not since the Persian mystics have I read poems that seem to flow so resonantly into my heart, providing swells of guidance and ripples of remembrance about how best to live through these changing times. This is a language of essence, but though lean, it is luscious, stirring readers to a fuller savoring, celebrating and participation in this transformative time. Everyone should read this book who wishes to season their lives with savory reminders of the luminosity and sacredness of life.” —Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature

—Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature

Note to Self is a reminder that sitting with uncertainty is a call to one’s soul to reunite with the sacred pathway that is each of our birthright. Reaser’s poems are pure sage wisdom and invoke our keys to wholeness with divine Self.”

—Jeanine M. Canty, Ph.D., Core Faculty and Chair, Environmental Studies, Naropa University

“Reading Jamie’s poems touched my heart. Her ability to weave words together opened my eyes to see things like never before. I continue to discover deeper meanings.” —Andrew Soliz, Founder, Sacred Ways

—Andrew Soliz, Founder, Sacred Ways

“Change begins within each of us. Yet when confronted with compelling evidence, ‘the facts,’ we often fail to alter destructive attitudes, flawed perceptions and old habits. Jamie K. Reaser’s Note to Self is poetic permeating oil tracing its way down the threads of our hearts, reaching deep to places where important choices must be made.”

—Larry J. Schweiger, President, National Wildlife Federation

Jamie K. Reaser

Jamie K. Reaser


Jamie K. Reaser has a deep fondness for the wild, intimate, and unnameable. She received a BS in Field Biology, with a minor in Studio Art, from the College of William and Mary and her doctorate in Biology from Stanford University. She has worked around the world as a biologist, international policy negotiator, environmental educator, and wilderness rites- of- passage guide. She is also a practitioner and teacher of eco- psychology, nature- based spirituality, and various approaches to expanding human consciousness, as well as a poet, writer, artist, and homesteader- in- progress. Jamie has a passion for bringing people into their hearts, inspiring the heartbeat of community, and, ultimately, empowering people to live with a heart-felt dedication to Mother Earth. Her writing explores themes at the interface of Nature and human nature. She is the editor of the Courting the Wild Series, as well as the author of Huntley Meadows: A Naturalist’s Journal in Verse, Note to Self: Poems for Changing the World from the Inside Out, Sacred Reciprocity: Courting the Beloved in Everyday Life, Wild Life: New and Selected Poems, and Winter: Reflections by Snowlight. Jamie is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Writers. She makes her home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.