Contemplative Practices in Action: Spirituality, Meditation, and Health (Google eBook)

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Thomas G. Plante
ABC-CLIO, 2010 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 261 pages
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Contemplative practices, from meditation to Zen, are growing in popularity as methods to inspire physical and mental health. "Contemplative Practices in Action: Spirituality, Meditation, and Health" offers readers an introduction to these practices and the ways they can be used in the service of well being, wisdom, healing, and stress reduction.

Bringing together various traditions from the East and West, this thought-provoking work summarizes the history of each practice, highlights classic and emerging research proving its power, and details how each practice is performed. Expert authors offer step-by-step approaches to practice methods including the 8-Point Program of Passage Meditation, Centering Prayer, mindful stress management, mantram meditation, energizing meditation, yoga, and Zen. Beneficial practices from Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, and Islamic religions are also featured. Vignettes illustrate each of the practices, while the contributors explain how and why they are effective in facing challenges as varied as the loss of a partner or child, job loss, chronic pain or disease, or psychological disorders.


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User Review  - Gloria - Goodreads

I can see this book being used as a textbook for a class on spiritual practices. It is rather dry like a textbook, but is also quite thorough in presenting viewpoints and practices among all the major faiths. Not particularly inspiring, but certainly educational. Lots of resources included. Read full review


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Thomas G. Plante, Ph.D., ABPP, is professor of psychology, director of the Center for Professional Development at Santa Clara University. He is also adjunct clinical associate professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and consulting associate professor in the Stanford University School of Education. Dr. Plante is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Menlo Park, CA. For more than a decade, he has taught classes in ethics at Santa Clara and Stanford universities and conducted workshops in ethics for psychologists. He is the author of numerous books and professional articles. He conducts research concerning religious faith and health outcomes, the psychological benefits of exercise, and psychological issues among Catholic clergy. Plante has appeared and been featured on CNN, PBS's News Hour with Jim Lehrer, National Public Radio, and local television news shows as well as in national magazines and newspapers including Time, US News and World Report, USA Today, and Newsweek.

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