A Path With Heart

The Classic Guide Through The Perils And Promises Of Spiritual Life

Author: Jack Kornfield

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407071661

Category: Religion

Page: 368

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Perhaps the most important book yet written on meditation, the process of inner transformation, and the integration of spiritual practice into our Western way of life, A Path With Heart brings alive the possibilities of inner peace, wholeness and the achievement of happiness. Written by a teacher, psychologist and meditation master of international renown, this is a warm, inspiring and, above all, practical book. Its gentle Buddhist wisdom will guide you through the ups and downs of contemporary living, such as addiction, psychological and emotional healing, problems with relationships and the difficulties of achieving a balanced life of simplicity.
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Living as a River

Finding Fearlessness in the Face of Change

Author: Bodhipaksa

Publisher: Sounds True

ISBN: 9781591799337

Category: Religion

Page: 368

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To face reality is to embrace change; to resist change is to suffer. This is the liberating insight that unfolds with Living as a River. A masterful investigation of the nature of self, this eloquent blend of current science and time-honored spiritual insight is meant to free us from the fear of impermanence in a world defined by change. “An interesting, lively, and genuinely illuminating teaching of dharma.” —Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life “At a time when it's increasingly challenging to find clear and honest direction on the spiritual path, Living as a River offers contemporary insight into an ancient practice and wise counsel we can trust. This book is both beautifully written and useful to all serious seekers.” —Mariana Caplan, PhD, author of Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path and Halfway Up the Mountain: The Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment The primary vehicle for this journey is Buddhism's traditional Six Element Practice, a deconstructive process of deep reflection that helps us let go of the belief in a separate, static self—the root of unhappiness. Bodhipaksa takes readers through a systematic yet poetic analysis of the self that supports the realization of: A sense of spaciousness and expansiveness that transcends the limitations of the physical body Profound gratitude, awe, and a feeling of belonging as we witness the extent of our connectedness with the universe Freedom from the psychological burden caused by clinging to a false identity The relaxed experience of “consciousness, pure and bright” Engrossing and incisive, Living as a River is at once an empowering guide and a meditative practice we can turn to again and again to overcome our fear of change and align joyfully with the natural unfolding of creation.
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Be Still

Designing and Leading Contemplative Retreats

Author: Jane E. Vennard

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1566994691

Category: Religion

Page: 110

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Many people long for a deeper relationship with God, yearning for silence in a noisy world and a respite from busyness. Written for lay and ordained leaders who wish to bring the gift of space and silence to members who feel called to the contemplative journey, the book introduces the purpose of retreats, provides a theological and biblical understanding of the model, and offers guidance for designing and leading these gatherings. Sample retreats, a design for home retreats, and suggested resources are included.
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The Musician's Journey

Crafting Your Career Vision and Plan

Author: Jill Timmons

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019986134X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 166

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The Musician's Journey is a resource guide for musicians looking to develop their careers. From the envisioning process to all the practical details that must be part of an effective career strategy, any musician can embrace the vast array of resources provided in this helpful and accessible publication.
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Buddhism in America

Author: Richard Hughes Seager

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231504373

Category: Religion

Page: 384

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Over the past half century in America, Buddhism has grown from a transplanted philosophy to a full-fledged religious movement, rich in its own practices, leaders, adherents, and institutions. Long favored as an essential guide to this history, Buddhism in America covers the three major groups that shape the tradition—an emerging Asian immigrant population, native-born converts, and old-line Asian American Buddhists—and their distinct, yet spiritually connected efforts to remake Buddhism in a Western context. This edition updates existing text and adds three new essays on contemporary developments in American Buddhism, particularly the aging of the baby boom population and its effect on American Buddhism's modern character. New material includes revised information on the full range of communities profiled in the first edition; an added study of a second generation of young, Euro-American leaders and teachers; an accessible look at the increasing importance of meditation and neurobiological research; and a provocative consideration of the mindfulness movement in American culture. The volume maintains its detailed account of South and East Asian influences on American Buddhist practices, as well as instances of interreligious dialogue, socially activist Buddhism, and complex gender roles within the community. Introductory chapters describe Buddhism's arrival in America with the nineteenth-century transcendentalists and rapid spread with the Beat poets of the 1950s. The volume now concludes with a frank assessment of the challenges and prospects of American Buddhism in the twenty-first century.
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Spirituality Matters in Social Work

Connecting Spirituality, Religion, and Practice

Author: James R. Dudley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131775266X

Category: Social Science

Page: 358

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Offering a focus that is lacking (or not clearly evident) in most spirituality books, Dudley addresses specific ways of incorporating spirituality into practice and integrates many of the contributions of other writers into an overall eclectic practice approach. His approach revolves around many of the core competencies of the EPAS accreditation (CSWE, 2008). Most of the core competencies are addressed with an emphasis on professional identity, ethical practice, critical thinking, diversity, practice contexts, and, a major practice framework of the book, the practice stages of engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation.
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Traveling Spirit

Daily Tools for Your Life's Journey

Author: Diana J. Ensign, JD

Publisher: BalboaPress

ISBN: 1452573743

Category: Self-Help

Page: 198

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Traveling Spirit shares practical spiritual tools for your life’s journey. This is the perfect book for anyone seeking help and guidance with human suffering. If you have experienced difficulties associated with grief, loss, addictions, or dealing with any of life’s challenges, Ensign’s book offers a path from suffering to happiness. That path begins within. The journey to wholeness starts with the breath, an essential tool for any spiritual undertaking. Traveling Spirit then explores ancient spiritual techniques, from the more common practices such as yoga and meditation to the lesser-known practices of t’ai chi and shamanism. Find the joy in learning to apply spiritual tools in your daily life. Ensign’s book shows us the link between practicing our daily routines to building a more loving world community. A percentage of the profits from the book support the Lambi Fund of Haiti, which works on reforestation in Haiti, along with women’s and girls’ health, nutrition, and education. Visit them online at www.lambifund.org. “Based on Diana J. Ensign’s firsthand experience within many religious and healing traditions, Traveling Spirit is an honest, practical, and transformational blueprint for living a joyously spirited life.” —Virginia R. Mollenkott, PhD, author of Sensuous Spirituality Diana J. Ensign, JD, is a contemporary author of daily living spirituality. Her background includes Buddhist meditation, Al-Anon, Unitarian Universalism, Native American ceremonies, Goddess rituals, Science of Mind, Shamanism, and religious readings across a diverse spectrum of beliefs and practices. Visit her monthly blog at www.dianaensign.com/blog.
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Arcturian Songs Of The Masters Of Light

Arcturian Star Chronicles, Volume Four

Author: Patricia Pereira

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781451643756

Category: Philosophy

Page: 250

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In 1987, medical transcriptionist Patricia Pereira suddenly started receiving telepathic communications from the star Arcturus and was requested to begin a series of galactically inspired manuscripts, Arcturian Songs of the Masters of Light is the fourth volume in the series. The mission of this series of books is to awaken us to our individual and collective spiritual obligation for the health and well being of our planet and all creatures who live upon her. Philosophical in cope, the essays in these books provide pragmatic, practical suggestions for emotional, mental physical, and spiritual transformation. They remind us of our familial relationships to beings of light who inhabit the great star nations. Arcturian Songs of the Masters of Light moves beyond solely Arcturian energies to incorporate high-level representatives of the brotherhoods of light, including Christ Essence and Sanat Kumara of the Order of Melchizedek.
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Awakening to the Spirit Within: Eight Paths

Author: Pamela Smith Allen, Ph.D.

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1410734110

Category: Religion

Page: 228

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The premise of Awakening to the Spirit Within is that all beings are connected by a spiritual energy which forms the essence of who they truly are. Eight paths, which facilitate an awakening to this essence, are explored: Native American Spirituality, Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Kabbalah, Jesus and the Christ Within, Sufism, and The New Thought Movement. Practice exercises and references are also included. This book highlights some of the unique gifts which various spiritual traditions have to offer our world. In addition, it explores the mystical threads of connection which underlie them. Like the title suggests, it also gives ways of listening to guidance from within. The author includes messages from her own “inner guidance” in an effort to illustrate how this may occur. Her openness provides more warmth and intimacy than is usually found in such a book. In these uncertain times, there has been an upsurge of interest in books related to spirituality, religion, and mysticism. People are looking for ways to heal, rather than destroy, our planet. That is why this book, and others like it, are so timely and important in moving us closer to our shared goal of creating a more peaceful and harmonious world.
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The Mindful Path to Addiction Recovery

A Practical Guide to Regaining Control Over Your Life

Author: Lawrence Peltz

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1590309189

Category: Self-Help

Page: 270

View: 3404

Introduces the practice of mindfulness while explaining how it can offer beneficial approaches to addiction recovery, drawing on the author's expertise as an addiction psychiatrist to outline mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques while sharing illustrative patient stories. Original.
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