The Seeker's Guide: Making Your Life a Spiritual Adventure (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Nov 18, 2008 - Religion - 448 pages
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In 1977, Elizabeth Lesser cofounded the Omega Institute, now America's largest adult-education center focusing on wellness and spirituality. Working with many of the eminent thinkers of our times, including Zen masters, rabbis, Christian monks, psychologists, scientists, and an array of noted American figures--from L.A. Lakers coach Phil Jackson to author Maya Angelou--Lesser found that by combining a variety of religious, psychological, and healing traditions, each of us has the unique ability to satisfy our spiritual hunger.

In The Seeker's Guid, she synthesizes the lessons learned from an immersion into the world's wisdom traditions and intertwines them with illuminating stories from her daily life. Recounting her own trials and errors and offering meditative exercises, she shows the reader how to create a personal practice, gauge one's progress, and choose effective spiritual teachers and habits. Warm, accessible, and wise, this book provides directions through the four landscapes of the spiritual journey:

THE MIND: learning meditation to ease stress and anxiety
THE HEART: dealing with grief, loss, and pain; opening the heart and becoming fully alive
THE BODY: returning the body to the spiritual fold to heal and
overcome the fear of aging and death
THE SOUL: experiencing daily life as an adventure of meaning and mystery


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Review: The Seeker's Guide: Making Your Life a Spiritual Adventure

User Review  - Deb - Goodreads

One notable quote from this book: "Without spirituality, therapy can turn into a never-ending search for self-fulfillment." This is a good book should you want to meditate. I also liked the part on karma. Read full review

Review: The Seeker's Guide: Making Your Life a Spiritual Adventure

User Review  - Cynthia - Goodreads

When reading this book I felt it was written for a course on meditation. It contained interesting information on the background of certain theologists, however, it became a task to read. Read full review

Contents

HUNGER
THE GENUINE HEART OF SADNESS
CREATING BOUNDARIES
SHADOWWORK
SELFRESPONSIBILITY
THREE HEARTFULNESS MEDITATIONS
THE HEROS JOURNEY
USING ART MUSIC AND POETRY TO SHAKE YOU UP

TRANSCEND AND INCLUDE
LIFE LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS
THE NEW AMERICAN SPIRITUALITY
AMERICAN STYLE
WARNING SIGNS ALONG THE PATH
AN UNNATURAL SEPARATION
INTEGRATING PSYCHOLOGY AND SPIRITUALITY
GODS AND GODDESSES WITHIN
MOTHERHOOD MIDWIFERY AND MY OWN AWAKENING
FEMININE SPIRITUALITY IN A MASCULINE WORLD
TOWARD A SPIRITUALITY OF WHOLENESS
WHY MEDITATE?
MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
TO BE HERE NOW OR NOT TO BE HERE NOW
BREATH
POSTURE
THOUGHTS
TIME
PLACE
GOALS
FOUR KINDS OF STRESS
CHOICEBASED STRESS
UNAVOIDABLE STRESS
REACTIVE STRESS
TIME STRESS
THE FALSE EGO
REALITY IS NOT WHAT YOU THINK IT IS
PAIN RESTLESSNESS SLEEPINESS AND JUDGMENT
THREE MINDFULNESS MEDITATIONS
IS IT WORKING? TWO MINDFULNESS SCENARIOS
A MINDFULNESS REVIEW
ELLENS STORY
WHAT DO I REALLY LOVE?
CREATIVE VISUALIZATION
A NECKLACE OF QUALITIES
THE WORLD BANK
MAKING DECISIONS
AUTOBIOGRAPHIES OF JOY AND GRIEF
LOVE IS THE ONLY RATIONAL ACT OF A LIFETIME
WE WANT TO CARE FOR THE THINGS WE LOVE
THE BODY REMEMBERS
SEPARATE BODY IMAGE FROM BODY REALITY
COME INTO ANIMAL PRESENCE
DEVELOPING ANIMAL PRESENCE RITUALS
LISTEN TO THE BODY
UNDERSTAND THE MINDBODY CONNECTION
LET ENERGY FLOW
BE A SKEPTICAL EXPLORER
GET SUPPORT
TAKE RESPONSIBILITY BUT GIVE UP CONTROL
LET US WAIT FOR IT EVERYWHERE
ITS NOT ALL AS EVIL AS YOU THINK
KEEPING THE GAP EMPTY
I WANT TO KNOW GODS THOUGHTS
ASKING QUESTIONS IN AN ECHO CHAMBER
WHO IS GOD?
LIVE THE QUESTIONS
THE SOULS STORY
DUALITY AND UNITY
KARMA AND FAITH
BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS
FORGIVENESS
WORKING WITH TEACHERS AND THERAPISTS
PRAYER
COMMUNITY
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About the author (2008)

Elizabeth Lesser is the cofounder and senior adviser of the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. Prior to her work at Omega, she was a midwife and childbirth educator. She attended Barnard College and San Francisco State University. She can be reached at elesser@eomega.org.


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