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The first book-length introduction to an exciting new interdisciplinary field written by an internationally recognized leader of the Contemplative Studies movement This is the first book-length introduction to a growing and influential interdisciplinary field focused on contemplative practice, contemplative experience, and contemplative pedagogy. Written by an internationally recognized leader in the area, Introducing Contemplative Studies seeks to provide readers with a deep and practical understanding of the nature and purpose of the field while encouraging them to find a place of their own in an increasingly widespread movement. At once comprehensive overview, critical reflection, and visionary proposal, the book explores the central approaches and issues in Contemplative Studies, tackles questions and problems that sometimes go unaddressed, and identifies promising new developments. The author also discusses contemplative pedagogy, an experiential approach to teaching and learning informed by and expressed as contemplative practice. This is a major introduction to a fast emerging interdisciplinary field that will be invaluable to those interested in the area. * The only comprehensive introduction to the emerging, interdisciplinary field of Contemplative Studies * Written by a distinguished leader in the Contemplative Studies movement who is founding Co-Chair of the Contemplative Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion * Informed by ten years of research and practice, the book explores the field s varied approaches and expressions * Offers critical reviews of trends which will create discussions both within and outside the Contemplative Studies * Liberally illustrated with both images and charts Introducing Contemplative Studies is a must-read for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, teachers and scholars in Contemplative Studies, as well as anyone who is curious about contemplative practice, meditation, contemplative experience, contemplative pedagogy, contemplative science, and, of course, the exciting field of Contemplative Studies generally.
Jesus turned water into wine, Mohammad split the moon into two, and Buddha walked and spoke immediately upon birth. According to recent statistics, even in the present age of advanced science and technology, most people believe in miracles. In fact, newspapers and television regularly report alleged miracles, such as recoveries from incurable diseases, extremely unlikely coincidences, and religious signs and messages on unexpected objects. In this book the award-winning author and philosopher Yujin Nagasawa addresses some of our most fundamental questions concerning miracles. What exactly is a miracle? What types of miracles are believed in the world's great religions? What do recent scientific findings tell us about miracles? Can we rationally believe that miracles have really taken place? Can there be acts that are more religiously significant than miracles? Drawing on a vast variety of fascinating examples from across the major religions, Nagasawa discusses the lively debate on miracles that ranges from reported miracles in ancient scriptures in the East and West to cutting-edge scientific research on belief formation. Throughout, he drives us to ask ourselves if and how we can still believe in in miracles in the twenty-first century. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In this book, that combines cutting edge science with real world applications, Chopra and Kafatos redefine our nature of reality and what is possible. Here they ask 9 questions: What Came Before the Big Bang? Why Does the Universe Fit Together So Perfectly? Where Did Time Come From? What Is the Universe Made Of? Is There Design in the Universe? Is the Quantum World Linked to Everyday Life? Do We Live in a Conscious Universe? How Did Life First Begin? Does the brain create the mind? You Are The Universe offers answers that open up new possibilities for all of us to lead more fruitful, peaceful and successful lives.
This is what happens when a writer, preacher, and lover of words encounters some of creation's wisest theologians...horses. First, she argues with them. They are, after all, horses. What could they possibly know about life and God that theologians haven't already written? But slowly she engages their language and listens to their holy wisdom, attending to how they express their being, their actions, and their relationships. She allows horses to draw her out of the faith of intellect and into a deeper faith of emotion, body, and soul. With edgy honesty and humor, Brock invites all who have longed for a deeper spiritual encounter with God to join her in the saddle (and occasionally on the ground) to discover how horses speak of God and how their ways of knowing help us to discover ways of God speaking to us.
The Pocket Edition of the Workbook and Manual contains the complete and unabridged language of the Original Edition of A Course in Miracles. Taken from the original manuscript for the Course, the only editing that has been been done to this great spiritual classic has been to correct occasional typographic and spelling errors and to render capitalization and punctuation consistent.
We call it the pocket edition because it is designed to be easily portable. You can toss into a backpack, briefcase or even a lady's purse so you will always have today's Lesson at hand. The book is designed for rough treatment--It is printed on durable paper, nicely glued, and has a laminated cover that resists spots and staining.
In the spiritual life, we need a central idea: something so basic and comprehensive that it encompasses everything else. According to Carmelite Father Wilfrid Stinissen, surrender to God, abandonment to the One who loves us completely, is that central reality. The life of Jesus shows us the centrality of abandonment, for it is truly the beginning and the end of his mission on earth.
In this simple but profound book, Father Stinissen distinguishes three degrees or stages in abandonment. The first stage consists of accepting and assenting to God's will as it manifests itself in all circumstances of life. The second is actively doing God's will at every moment of one's life. In the third stage, abandonment to God is so complete that one has become a tool in God's hands. At this stage it is no longer I who do God's will, but God who accomplishes his will through me.
After almost three decades of pastoring New Life Fellowship Church in the bustle of New York City, Peter Scazzero discovered that most people are missing the deep emotional change that can happen in their walk with Jesus. Scazzero found two truths to be true: you can't be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature, and unless you slow and quiet your life down for a direct relationship with Jesus Christ, little change is possible. The integration of these two truths unleashed a spiritual revolution in Scazzero, in his church, and now in thousands of other churches. In this booklet based on his bestselling book Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, Scazzero helps readers identify the top ten symptoms of emotionally unhealthy spirituality and what they can do about them. He includes an assessment for readers to take to find out how emotionally healthy they really are and seven devotions to lead them on the journey to health.
The untimely death of his Darling Linda to cancer leaves Chris to navigate a passage through his grief. There are no instructions; no map for him to follow. Although he is a keen walker, for him it is not simply a matter of placing one foot in front of the other. The terrain is unfamiliar, the landscape new, but, as he makes his way forward, Chris feels a growing connection to what may lie ahead, beyond that which can be seen. He also comes to realise that he is not walking alone. A frank and thought provoking account of a husband's grief, set out in the form of a letter to his late wife.
A practical guide to simple daily techniques for rapid spiritual progress Enlightenment means becoming a light unto yourself. But how does one get on the path to enlightenment? In this practical spiritual guide, Simon Chokoisky shares 11 time-tested yet simple daily techniques to help you find your spiritual path, or "dharma," no matter what your spiritual background--be it Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, or Agnostic. He explains how everyone has a unique learning style as well as a spiritual style--your "Dharma type"--and how the Dharma method allows you to pick any seven of the 11 methods described in the book to practice. You can even change them daily, all based on your unique needs. And by holding to the 7/11 "rule" daily, you'll soon find yourself on the road to rapid spiritual progress and personal enlightenment. In this book, the author explains how he distilled these 11 spiritual techniques from centuries of methods used by spiritual masters from around the world. He details the 5 different Dharma types and provides personality tests to determine your type. He provides routines, tips, and tricks to keep you on track as well as thoughtful exercises to help you apply spiritual principles in your everyday life. Showing how spirituality is inherent in each of us and is abundant, free, and easy to cultivate, the author reveals how you can best cultivate your spiritual light and share it with the world.
What is it about Yellowstone National Park that draws millions of
visitors from all over the world? If you've visited Yellowstone,
you should already know the answer. If you've never visited--or you
have, but still don't know the answer--Michael Leach explains it to
you in his book of essays, "Grizzlies on My Mind."
Move closer to God one day at a time by reading the Psalms and practicing prayer in ways you may not have imagined before.
This is a prayer book for every day of the year for people who don't usually think about using a prayer book. Drawing on a wide variety of resources lives of saints and sages from every age, psalms, guides for personal reflection and suggestions for practice Rev. Larry J. Peacock offers helpful guidance for anyone hungry for a richer prayer life. Each day's reading has four parts: Remember a notable person of faith or a significant eventRead a psalm or another scripture passagePonder that day's scripture or person of faithPractice a variety of ways to pray, including prayer through play, music and physical movement
This new edition features the addition of ancient and modern sages from inside and outside the Christian tradition as well as updated resources for deepening your spiritual life throughout the year."
Sacred Knowledge is the first well-documented, sophisticated account of the effect of psychedelics on biological processes, human consciousness, and revelatory religious experiences. Based on nearly three decades of legal research with volunteers, William A. Richards argues that, if used responsibly and legally, psychedelics have the potential to assuage suffering and constructively affect the quality of human life. Richards's analysis contributes to social and political debates over the responsible integration of psychedelic substances into modern society. His book serves as an invaluable resource for readers who, whether spontaneously or with the facilitation of psychedelics, have encountered meaningful, inspiring, or even disturbing states of consciousness and seek clarity about their experiences. Testing the limits of language and conceptual frameworks, Richards makes the most of experiential phenomena that stretch our conception of reality, advancing new frontiers in the study of belief, spiritual awakening, psychiatric treatment, and social well-being. His findings enrich humanities and scientific scholarship, expanding work in philosophy, anthropology, theology, and religious studies and bringing depth to research in mental health, psychotherapy, and psychopharmacology.
This is How We Begin: Devotionals and Prayers to Start Meetings makes it possible to have church meetings where everyone is really present - including God. Start your meetings by reading of the 40+ devotionals in this book aloud to remind people that God is in the room. Each devotional includes a brief prayer at the end to get your meeting off to a good start.
For decades, Rabbi Dr Bulka has earned a unique reputation for his humane, compassionate, erudite, and tolerant approach to issues and questions of the human spirit. From his weekly column addressing issues of spirituality, his articles have been collected into a single work. Among the topics he explores are: This Thing Called Religion; God and the Bible; Religious Practices; Public Issues; Theological Issues; Life and Death, among others.
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