The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Preparing to Practice

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SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2006 - Family & Relationships - 154 pages
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Open your heart and mind and discover through the sacred art of lovingkindness the image and likeness of God in yourself and others.

"The question at the heart of this book is this: Will you engage this moment with kindness or with cruelty, with love or with fear, with generosity or scarcity, with a joyous heart or an embittered one? This is your choice and no one can make it for you . Heaven and hell are both inside of you. It is your choice that determines just where you reside. from the Introduction

We are all born in the image of God, but living out the likeness of God is a choice. This inspiring, practical guidebook provides you with the tools you need to realize the divinity within yourself, recognize the divinity within others, and act on the obligation to manifest God s infinite compassion in your own life.

Guided by Rabbi Rami Shapiro, you will explore Judaism s Thirteen Attributes of Lovingkindness as the framework for cultivating a life of goodness. Shapiro translates these attributes into practices drawn from the teachings of a variety of faith traditions that allow you to actualize God s glory through personal deeds of lovingkindness. You will enrich your own capacity for lovingkindness as you: Harvest kindness through compassionate honesty Make room in your heart for reality Recognize the manifestations of God Embrace the paradoxical truth of not-knowing Be present in the moment Do right by others

With candor, wit, and honesty, Shapiro shows you that by choosing to act out of love rather than fear, with kindness rather than anger, you can transform how you perceive the world and ultimately lead a more complete spiritual life.

  

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User Review  - Sandy - Goodreads

Just a really great look at kindness and things you can practically do to be intentional and make it a habit. Rabbi Rami is Jewish (& Buddhist) but draws from a wide range of traditions. A lot of food for thought here and I'll be reading this a few more times. Read full review

Review: The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Preparing to Practice

User Review  - Naomi - Goodreads

More wisdom from Rami Shapiro on practicing lovingkindness. Rabbi Rami grounds the text in his own Jewish teaching tradition, and also reaches out to the wisdom of many world religions. Accessible and focused on practices. Read full review

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Contents

The Image and Likeness of God Realizing the Divinity of Self Realizing the Divinity of Others
1
God as Creative Force Cultivating Creativity
11
Fearless Compassion Harvesting Kindness through Compassionate Honesty
19
Engaging Life through Grace Being Present in the Moment
31
Equanimity in the Moment Making Room in Your Heart for Reality
49
Acts of Kindness and Giving Doing Right by Others
63
The Truth of Our Story Embracing the Paradoxical Truth of Notknowing
87
Preserving Kindness for the World Remembering and Retelling Tales of Kindness
97
Cleansing Delusion to See Clearly Recognizing Manifestations of God
121
The Greatest Obstacle to Lovingkindness
129
An Invitation to Become a Hidden Saint
143
Notes
148
Suggestions for Further Reading
150
Index of Prayers and Practices
153
Acknowledgments
154
Copyright

Feelings and Forgiveness Forgiving Iniquity Forgiving Willfulness Forgiving Error
109

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About the author (2006)

Reverend Michael Smith is a pastor, editor and writer. He serves as senior pastor of Central Baptist Church of Fountain City, Knoxville, Tennessee, and is a graduate of Belmont University (BA) and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv.; PhD). He is active in Baptist life at the local, state, and national levels. He currently serves as a trustee of Belmont University and a member of the Consultation on the Common Text. Rabbi Rami Shapiro, PhD is adjunct professor of Religion at Middle Tennessee State University and the director of Wisdom House at Scarritt-Bennett, an interfaith center in Nashville. Author of more than twenty books, Rami also writes the regular column "Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler" for "Spirituality & Health" magazine. He can be reached via his website, rabbirami.com.

He was rabbi and storyteller of Temple Beth Or in Miami, Florida, for many years. He directs the Simply Jewish Fellowship, the What Would a Mensch Do? Project, and the Sh'ma Center for Jewish Meditation. He lives in Miami.

Marcia Ford is a former editor of Christian Retailing magazine, an Explorefaith.org columnist and frequent contributor to Publishers Weekly. The author of eighteen books, including The Sacred Art of Forgiveness: Forgiving Ourselves and Others through God's Grace (SkyLight Paths); Memoir of a Misfit and Traditions of the Ancients, she was the religion editor of The Asbury Park Press for ten years. She is also a former editor with Charisma and Ministries Today magazines and the ibelieve.com website. Her other books include Meditations for Misfits; 101 Most Powerful Promises of the Bible and Restless Pilgrim: The Spiritual Journey of Bob Dylan (with Scott Marshall).

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