In Seasons of Contemplation, Browning offers the reader humble yet impacting meditations on the topics of religion, connection, mindfulness, ecology, the spiritual journey, and the perils of modern culture. The ruminations gathered within these pages provide simple insights that help bring sense to the chaos and hustle of our daily life. Direct and unpretentious, Browning once again reminds us that “Becoming aware of the dearness in what might otherwise be regarded as mundane is the ultimate form of insight.”
Praise for Seasons of Contemplation
“…L.M. Browning’s reflections ask us not only to have hearts but to be hearts.”
—Gunilla Norris, author of Sheltered in the Heart
“L.M. Browning had me at the opening rumination to Seasons of Contemplation where she acknowledges the tiredness many of this generation feel, ‘not of the body but of the spirit.’ Like a Dark Night of the Soul for the digital age, Browning’s midnight meditations don’t sugarcoat life’s dilemmas. Instead, with refreshing honesty and vulnerability, Browning encourages us to ‘wade into the silence and listen.’ Sage advice, delivered gracefully yet boldly, characterizes this beautiful book, which will speak clearly to anyone who ever awakens in the night to wrestle with the unknowable.”
—Kate Sheehan Roach, Editor, Contemplative Journal
“In Seasons of Contemplation, Browning offers us a literary momento mori. In her midnight stillness she reflects, both in poetry and prose, upon what matters, what gives our lives meaning, asking the eternal question, ‘How then shall we live?’ Her pages explore different aspects of the answer; how they are all part of one unified understanding. Each page is, in itself, a contemplation—a foil, for our own reflection. This is not a book to be read, but to be savored, slowly and in bits, as we seek our own insight.”
—Kim Orr, Executive Director, Center for Contemplative Practice
Founder & Publisher
L.M. Browning (Leslie M. Browning) is the award-winning author of ten titles. She grew up in the small fishing village of Stonington, Connecticut. A longtime student of philosophy, nature and art, these themes permeate her work. In her writing, Browning explores the confluence of the natural landscape and the interior landscape. A proud native of New England, she travels often throughout the region using her photography, drawing, and writing to explore the ecological and cultural identity of the Northeast.
In 2010, she debuted with a three-title contemplative poetry series: Ruminations at Twilight, Oak Wise, and The Barren Plain. These three books went on to garner several accolades including a total of 3 pushcart-prize nominations and the Nautilus Gold Medal for Poetry in 2013. She followed this success with, Fleeting Moments of Fierce Clarity: Journal of a New England Poet, which was named a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Balancing her passion for writing with her love of learning, Leslie sits on the Board of the Art’s Cafe Mystic, a poetic art’s venue that has run for 17 years in Mystic, Connecticut and has featured authors who are Poets Laureate of the U.S. and winners of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and MacArthur “Genius Award.” She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Independent Book Publisher’s Association. With over 3,000 members, IBPA is the largest publishing trade association in the U.S. She is a graduate of the University of London and a Fellow with the International League of Conservation Writers. She is Partner at Hiraeth Press; Co-Founder of Written River: An Anthology of Eco-Poetics as well as Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Wayfarer. In 2011, Browning opened Homebound Publications and in 2015 went on to establish Owl House Books as an imprint of Homebound Publications devoted to genre fiction. She is currently working to complete an L.B.A. in Liberal Arts with a focus of Creative Writing and Journalism at Harvard University’s Extension School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
In addition to her career as a publisher, Browning is an accomplished freelancer for Rhode Island Monthly, Coastal Connecticut Magazine, and New Haven Magazine. Through her column “Reimagining the Possible” in The Wayfarer, she has interviewed such notable figures as Academy Award-Nominated filmmaker Tomm Moore, Peabody-winning host of On Being Krist Tippett, Emmy-winning Filmmaker Alan Cooke, and Sandy Hook mother Nelba Márquez-Greene.
To learn more go to www.lmbrowning.com