Synopses & Reviews
This collection of step-by-step practices from ancient cultures, world religions, and psychological disciplines provides readers with the self-renewing, spiritually, uplifting rewards of retreat anytime, anywhere. We all crave periods of silence and introspection, but with lives lived at an ever-increasing pace most of us find fewer opportunities to fill that need. Now, psychologist Rachel Harris has come to the rescue with this unique collection of 20-, 5- and 1-minute mini-retreats-short periods of meditation, contemplation or self-discovery drawn from traditions and practices as varied as Buddhism, the Quaker faith, Sufism, art therapy, ritual magic, Gestalt therapy, and Jungian dream analysis. Provocative sidebars, stimulating quotes, and touching first-person stories make this book as inviting to read as it is practical to use. With these brief retreats, readers of any age or occupation will be able to catch their emotional breath regardless of what is happening in life, to pause to listen to the sounds of their souls, and to reemerge balanced and refreshed.
"This comprehensive exploration has reinspired and expanded my retreat practice immeasurably."
(Jennifer Louden, author of The Woman's Retreat Book and The Comfort Queen's Guide to Life)
"An elegant blend of ancient wisdom and modern psychology..."
(Daniel Gottlieb, Ph.D., family therapist, host of Voices in the Family, columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Psychologist Harris comes to the rescue of harried readers with a unique collection of short meditation and contemplation exercises to help achieve self-renewal anywhere, anytime. With sidebars and stimulating quotes, this guide draws from a wide range of religious and mystic traditions and therapies.
xAre you yearning to reconnect with your true self, but don't know where to begin?
xDo you find there aren't enough hours in the day to finish what needs to be done, much less take some time for yourself?
xAre you searching for harmony and balance in your life?
In this simple and inspirational book you'll discover how twenty minutes of daily guided solitude will enable you to integrate the spiritual benefits of retreat into the overly consuming demands of everyday life. The more than 190 retreats in the book are based on twelve universal themes that each of us journey through at some point in our lives -- Faith, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Healing, Intuition, Joy, Love, Patience, Peace, Relaxation, Self-Acceptance, and Self-Care. Drawing from many different cultures, traditions, and psychological disciplines, 20-Minute Retreats walks you every step of the way through the self-renewing, spiritually uplifting rewards of retreat.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 283-285) and index.
About the Author
Rachel Harris, Ph.D.
, is a psychologist who has a private practice in Princeton, New Jersey, and has led national and international workshops for thirty years. She is co- author of the bestselling Children Learn What They Live.