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Here I Am: Using Jewish Spiritual Wisdom to Become More Present, Centered, and Available for Lifeby Leonard Felder
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During stressful times, it’s easy to get caught up in feeling anxious, tense, foggy, and overloaded. Here, a popular psychologist shares easy-to-use techniques for managing and rebalancing these emotions and helps you to find your calm, strong center. Dr. Leonard Felder draws from his work with clients over the last thirty years, and incorporates traditional Jewish prayers and blessings that have been used for centuries to refocus the mind. The author has a long history of multi-faith counseling and dialogue and has made these stress-management practices resonant with people of all religious backgrounds who are looking for more awareness, clarity, and calmness when faced with stress-related emotions.
In this book you'll learn how to:
• Regain your equilibrium when you feel pulled in too many directions
• Outsmart your moody, anxious brain
• Know when to intervene and when to let go in a situation
• Respond with wisdom when someone treats you harshly
• Find inner quiet and peace when you feel agitated
• And much more
In each chapter, Felder includes examples drawn from his client's experiences and explanations from mind-body psychology and neuroscience to support the effectiveness of this kind of mindfulness practice.
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"From almost 30 years of private practice in Los Angeles as a psychologist dealing with thousands of clients, Felder (Seven Prayers That Can Change Your Life) has distilled lessons that he offers in this book. He asserts that individual human problems are largely due to stress and that Jewish spiritual sources offer a way to cope with these challenges, regardless of one's religious identification or lack thereof. He presents eight 'meditation and refocusing techniques' for dealing with stress in the eight chapters of his book, illustrating how to use them with examples drawn from his caseload. Felder deals at length with responding to tragedy and the Jewish spiritual notion that 'even this could become for the good.' He cites others on the subject, including the influential rabbi Harold Kushner, and includes his own experience with pain and sadness. Rather unpersuasively, he concludes that 'something good' can emerge.Â Although Felder invites his readers 'to debate or respectfully disagree' with his approach, he refers to his techniques as 'remedies' that can produce 'huge benefits.' His popularity testifies primarily to the pervasiveness of popular psychology with its facile solutions to complex problems rather than to the effectiveness of his methods. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
In these stressful times, it's easy to get caught up in feeling anxious, tense, foggy, overloaded, and unable to appreciate the simple gifts in your life. In this book, Leonard Felder, a popular psychologist, shares techniques for managing and rebalancing these emotions and helps you to find your calm, strong center. Felder draws from traditional Jewish prayers and blessings that have been used for centuries to refocus the mind; techniques that help you to reappraise a situation, manage an emotion, spend a moment in appreciation or contemplation, or to make a moment holy.
Readers don't need to know Hebrew or have a Jewish education in order to find these techniques resonant and effective; the Hebrew words or phrases that Felder uses are simple and accessible. Chapter topics include:
• How to regain your equilibrium when you feel pulled in all directions
• How to outsmart your moody, anxious brain
• Knowing when to intervene and when to let go in a situation
• Responding with wisdom when someone treats you harshly
• Finding inner quiet and peace when you feel agitated
In each chapter, Felder includes examples drawn from his client base and explanations from mind-body psychology and neuroscience to support the effectiveness of this kind of mindfulness practice.
About the Author
Leonard Felder, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in West Los Angeles, who has written twelve books on personal growth that have sold over 1 million copies. He has been invited nationwide to lead discussions and workshops at both synagogues and churches, and numerous interfaith events. He has also appeared on over 200 radio and television programs, including Oprah, The Today Show, CNN, The CBS Early Show, NBC Nightly News, National Public Radio, Canada AM, and BBC London. Active in several volunteer organizations, he received the Distinguished Merit Citation of the National Conference of Community and Justice for developing programs to combat racism, sexism, homophobia, and religious prejudice. Dr. Felder's books have also received numerous national awards, including the 1985 Nonfiction Book of the Year Award from Medical Self-Care Magazine, the 2002 Best Jewish Writing Award from Jossey-Bass, the 2008 Nonfiction Book of the Year selection from Body and Soul Magazine, and the 2008 Best 5 Psychology Books selection from the Books for a Better Life Foundation in New York. He lives with his family in Mar Vista, California.
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