Guardians of Being

Guardians of Being

Book - 2009
Average Rating:
Rate this:
This wonderfully unique collaboration brings together two masters of their fields, joining original words by spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle with delightful illustrations by Patrick McDonnell, the creator of the acclaimed comic strip MUTTS . Every heartwarming page provokes thought, insight, and smiling reverence for all beings and each moment.

More than a collection of witty and charming drawings, the marriage of Patrick McDonnell's art and Eckhart Tolle's words conveys a profound love of nature, of animals, of humans, of all life-forms. Guardians of Being celebrates and reminds us of not only the oneness of all life but also the wonder and joy to be found in the present moment, amid the beauty we sometimes forget to notice all around us.
Publisher: Novato, Calif. : New World Library, 2009
ISBN: 9781577316718
Branch Call Number: 204.4 T578g
Characteristics: 114p. : ill
Additional Contributors: McDonnell, Patrick


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Aug 05, 2016

I love small books with big lessons. This one is about how we should look to nature and our pets to learn to be present and still. It is basically a picture book for adults and can be read and reread very quickly, though you'll want to take time to reflect on the messages and illustrations.

multcolib_alisonk Mar 09, 2016

A sweet contemplation on the nature of life. When the text veers into new-Agey territory, Patrick McDonnell's illustrations bring the point right back home, with a charming and compassionate take on Tolle's metaphysics. Good gift fodder for seeking adults, and kids who like pictures.

Oct 03, 2014

Easy simple read yet it gets right to the point. It's absolutely beautiful.
I've read it more than a few times.

Cdnbookworm Sep 16, 2012

I picked this one up because I'm a huge Mutts fan. It is a short, thoughtful book that encourages you to be in the moment, showing how our animals can help us remember to no think, but to be. McDonnell's art is wonderful, of course, and some of it is from previous work in his Mutts series, as our the characters used. A reminder of what is important in life, and how to take the time to enjoy life for what it is. Just like his comic art predecessor Charles Schultz, McDonnell reminds us with the help of Tolle's words that happiness is indeed a warm puppy (or in my case a purring cat).
A nice little book.

Jul 03, 2012

Don't be fooled by the cover. This is a truly wonderful book that praises the mindfulness that cats and dogs bring to our lives. The cartoon illustrations really help bring the messages home. Very soothing!

Quimeras Mar 10, 2012

This is a small book and can be read rather quickly. However, take your time to enjoy the artwork and reflect upon the many ways that your feline or canine family members have enriched your life.

Jan 16, 2012

Charming. I wish I could think like a dog!


Add a Quote

Aug 05, 2016

"The vital function that pets fulfill in this world hasn't been fully recognized. They keep millions of people sane."

MonsterGirl94 Oct 31, 2014

Just watching an animal closely can take you out of your mind and bring you into the present moment, which is where the animal lives all the time- surrendered to life

MonsterGirl94 Oct 31, 2014

Just watching an animal closely can take you out of your mind and bring you into the present moment, which is where the animal lives all the time- surrendered to life

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Subject Headings

No similar edition of this title was found at NWPL.

Try searching for Guardians of Being to see if NWPL owns related versions of the work.

Suggest for Purchase

To Top