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Essential Spirituality: The 7 Central Practices to Awaken Heart and Mind (Wiley Audio)by Roger N Walsh
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Advance Acclaim for Essential Spirituality By Roger Walsh, M.D., PH.D. "Deceptively simple. Its power is rooted not only in Dr. Walshs formidable intellectual capacity to effectively deal with a vast body of religious literature but in his own deep spiritual practices in a multitude of disciplines over many years. An important contribution." —Ram Dass, author of Be Here Now "An absolute masterpiece Essential Spirituality is helpful to both the unseasoned and seasoned seeker. The writing is deep, simple, and clear yet at the same time poetic and musical. A must read." —Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D., author of Love Is Letting Go of Fear "Energetic, engaged, and occasionally electrifying Roger is thoroughly grounded in actual spiritual practices, without which any writing on spiritual topics remains anemic and untrustworthy." —Ken Wilber, author of One Taste and A Brief History of Everything "Groundbreaking Essential Spirituality is the first book that identifies and brings together the shared practices found in the worlds religions." —Angeles Arrien, Ph.D., author of The Four-Fold Way "I could not imagine a better person to write this book." —Charles Taft, Ph.D., author of Waking Up "A truly groundbreaking and seminal work an invaluable guidebook for modern spiritual seekers." —Stanislav Grof, M.D., author of Beyond the Brain and The Cosmic Game "Essential Spirituality is as significant as Aldous Huxleys The Perennial Philosophy and could be one of the most important books of our times. It deals with profound spiritual issues in a very clear and down-to-earth way and provides practical exercises that are simple, straightforward, and effective." —Peter Russell, author of The Global Brain Awakens "A wonderful and practical overview for anyone wanting to begin a spiritual journey." —Philip Moffitt, former editor of Esquire magazine
This text is a cross-cultural and cross-spiritual, covering as it does common wisdom from the world's six major religions, general spirituality, psychology, and health. It shows you how to apply the seven principles common to all of the world's major religions to your daily life.
Essential Spirituality "The field of spiritual books has been looking for its own Lewis Thomas or Carl Sagan, and I believe Roger Walsh may be that one." —Ken Wilber, author of One Taste Based on over twenty years of research and spiritual practice, written by a man who is both a spiritual practitioner and award-winning scientist, this is a groundbreaking and life-changing book For the first time, Essential Spirituality shows how you can apply the seven practices central to all the worlds major religions in your daily life. In his decades of study, Dr. Roger Walsh has discovered that each of the great spiritual traditions has both a common goal and seven common practices to reach that goal: recognizing the sacred and divine that exist both within and around us. Going beyond Care of the Soul, Essential Spirituality integrates the spiritual principles of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Taoism into one truly rewarding way of life in which kindness, love, joy, peace, vision, wisdom, and generosity become an ever-growing part of everything you do. Filled with stories, exercises, meditations, myths, case histories, prayers, and practical advice, this extraordinary book has the power to change your life now. "An engaging, inspiring synthesis of the core insights of humanitys spiritual traditions. This is a rare gem of a book—a unique treasure distilled from a quarter century of deep spiritual practice and intellectual inquiry. Essential Spirituality is a book to live with and work with, filled with simple though powerful exercises that invite people to discover for themselves the truths about which Roger Walsh writes so beautifully and lovingly." —Duane Elgin, author of Voluntary Simplicity
"Essential Spirituality beautifully articulates the benefits of spiritual living in the material world."-Dan Millman, author, Everyday Enlightenment and The Way of the Peaceful Warrior"Deceptively simple. Its power is rooted not only in Dr. Walsh's formidable intellectual capacity to deal effectively with a vast body of religious literature but in his own deep spiritual practices in a multitude of disciplines over many years. An important contribution."-Ram Dass, author, Be Here Now "An absolute masterpiece . . . Essential Spirituality is helpful to both the unseasoned and seasoned seeker. The writing is deep, simple, and clear yet at the same time poetic and musical. A must read."-GERALD G. JAMPOLSKY, M.D. author, Love Is Letting Go of Fear
"Energetic, engaged, and occasionally electrifying. . . . The field of spiritual books has been looking for its own Lewis Thomas or Carl Sagan, and I believe Roger Walsh may be that one."-KEN WILBeR, author, One Taste and A Brief History of Everything
Based on over twenty years of research and spiritual practice, this is a groundbreaking and life-changing book. In his decades of study, Dr. Roger Walsh has discovered that each of the great spiritual traditions has both a common goal and seven common practices to reach that goal: recognizing the sacred and divine that exist both within and around us. Filled with stories, exercises, meditations, myths, prayers, and practical advice, Essential Spirituality shows how you can integrate these seven principles into one truly rewarding way of life in which kindness, love, joy, peace, vision, wisdom, and generosity become an ever-growing part of everything you do.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 297-302) and index.
About the Author
ROGER WALSH M.D., PH.D., is a professor of psychiatry, philosophy, and anthropology at the University of California at Irvine. His writings and research in the areas of medicine, science, psychology, philosophy, and religion have received more than twenty national and international awards.
Table of Contents
Unveiling the Sacred.
Discovering the Seven Practices.
Using This Book.
Spiritual Practices: What Do They Do and How Do They Do It?
TRANSFORM YOUR MOTIVATION: REDUCE YOUR CRAVING AND FIND YOUR SOUL'S DESIRE.
The Secret of Happiness.
Exercises to Reduce Craving.
Find Your Soul's Desire: Redirect Motivation.
Exercises to Redirect Desires.
The Higher Reaches of Desire.
CULTIVATE EMOTIONAL WISDOM: HEAL YOUR HEART AND LEARN TO LOVE.
The Gift of Love.
The Challenge of Difficult Emotions.
Exercises to Reduce Fear and Anger.
Cultivate Love and Gratitude.
The Higher Reaches of Love.
LIVE ETHICALLY: FEEL GOOD BY DOING GOOD.
The Value of Virtue.
What Is an Ethical Life?
Exercises in Ethical Living.
The Higher Reaches of Ethical Living.
CONCENTRATE AND CALM YOUR MIND.
Your Meandering Mind.
Develop a Peaceful Mind.
The Higher Reaches of Concentration and Calm.
AWAKEN YOUR SPIRITUAL VISION: SEE CLEARLY AND RECOGNIZE THE SACRED IN ALL THINGS.
The Healing Power of Awareness.
Exercises in Awareness.
Seeing the Sacred in All Things.
Exercises in Sacred Seeing.
The Higher Reaches of Vision.
CULTIVATE SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE: DEVELOP WISDOM AND UNDERSTAND LIFE.
What Is Wisdom?
Exercises in Wisdom.
The Higher Reaches of Wisdom.
EXPRESS SPIRIT IN ACTION: EMBRACE GENEROSITY AND THE JOY OF SERVICE.
The Spirit of Service.
Develop a Generous Heart.
Exercises in Generosity and Service.
The Higher Reaches of Generosity.
Enjoy Your Self : Awakened Heart, Awakened Mind.
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