Open this book and begin an epic human journey--the journey toward truth. Enjoy a delightful and imaginative allegory of timeless wisdom as you travel along the road of true knowledge. Socrates, the thoroughly reasonable and wise philosopher of Athens, will accompany you much of the way. With sharp questions and canny wit he will coach you past the winsome, the wily and the half-wise spin-doctors of error posted along the ancient byways. Every tempting path will be exposed as a road best not taken. The Journey is an animated and topographical roadmap for modern pilgrims walking the ancient paths in search of reality. Crucial questions present decisive turns in the road: Is there truth? Does meaning exist? Is there right and wrong? Does God exist, and if so, what is he like? These and other essential questions provide guidance that delightfully entertains while directing your mind and spirit on the journey toward the freedom of truth.
From the revered meditation teacher Stephen Levine, here is a volume of guided meditations for the deeper healing of spirit, mind, and body. The culmination of decades of personal and professional explorations into the process of human consciousness, Guided Meditations, Explorations and Healings is an indispensable source book, filled with resources for healing and the deepening of awareness. Essential reading for anyone facing pain, severe illness, addiction, or other forms of suffering, in these pages Levine presents practical processes for the deep exploration of the mind and body, which are used widely in meditation centers, hospices, and hospitals around the world. Now, in this remarkable work, they are offered for the benefit of all who are drawn to looking inward--and all who seek the healing power of a merciful awareness.
This is a book of genuine wisdom, one that invites readers not to go back to the way things were before September 11, but to see how they might try to walk with God in a world that now seems more shattered than before. In these essays written expressly for this book, renowned spiritual writers and theologians wrestle with the problems of the human condition in the world today and what a walk with God might reveal about them. Contributors include Elie Wiesel, Theodore Hesburgh, Frederick Buechner, Stanley Hauerwas, William Sloan Coffin, Wendy Doniger, Karen Armstrong, Jurgen Moltmann, Virgil Elizondo, and others.
This brand-new book takes 45 classic hymns of peace and makes each one the basis of a devotional reading that accompanied by Scripture and prayers. Whether familiar or lesser-known, each hymn in Peace like a River has a marvelous, timeless message of comfort for today's reader.
"Cats help me pray," writes Herbert Brokering. This collection of whimsical, insightful psalm-prayers is based on Brokering's observations of cats he has known throughout his life-farm cats, house cats, alley cats. Each psalm expresses an observation about a cat's nature, written in the "voice" of the cat, followed by a prayer in which the human spirit speaks of its cat-like nature to God. Cat Psalms is for those who wish to pray more deeply and with more imagination and understanding. It offers fresh ways to see ourselves and new ways to pray.
An account of spiritual awakening told through the rites of passage of a father and son- Reveals the essential role spirituality can play in our mundane lives - Celebrates not only traditional rites of passage, but also the more subtle moments of change that continually take place within each of us - Reflects on the power of prayer and intention in guiding our life journey Part spiritual travelogue, part personal memoir, The Sailfish and the Sacred Mountain is the story of the profound moments that forever change our lives, told in the context of a father and son's journey to the sacred Mount Kailas in Tibet. Every moment in life is a moment of passage. While many culturally prescribed rites of passage--baptisms, bar mitzvahs, and confirmations--may not necessarily transform the participant into a higher level of maturity and understanding, there are many other moments that stand out as true passages into a new phase of life. These are the moments of triumph or of pain and defeat--the first taste of love, the birth of a child, the death of a loved one--moments after which we know, in the quiet of our hearts and minds, we will never be the same. The Sailfish and the Sacred Mountain presents a unique view into how we can create the circumstances that invite profound spiritual awakenings to occur in our lives and how we can recognize and embrace the powerful lessons these events have to offer. As Will Johnson reflects on his own life passages, he tells the story of the remarkable journey with his son to Mount Kailas--a journey that proves to be a moment of passage for both father and son.
In My Grandfather's Blessings, Rachel Naomi Remen, a cancer physician and master storyteller, uses her luminous stories to remind us of the power of our kindness and the joy of being alive.
Dr. Remen's grandfather, an orthodox rabbi and scholar of the Kabbalah, saw life as a web of connection and knew that everyone belonged to him, and that he belonged to everyone. He taught her that blessing one another is what fills our emptiness, heals our loneliness, and connects us more deeply to life.
Life has given us many more blessings than we have allowed ourselves to receive. My Grandfather's Blessings is about how we can recognize and receive our blessings and bless the life in others. Serving others heals us. Through our service we will discover our own wholenessand the way to restore hidden wholeness in the world.