A Pace of Grace

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Penguin, Jun 29, 2004 - Self-Help - 352 pages
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In today’s anxiety-ridden, stress-infused world, even a moment of quiet reflection has become a time- consuming luxury most of us just can’t afford.  How did we reach this point? How did we lose our direction and sense of control? And, most important, how can we reclaim our lives? 

Linda Kavelin Popov asked herself these same questions, after the pressures of her own workaholic lifestyle nearly destroyed her.  Now, as cofounder of the International Virtues Project she helps others achieve a pace of grace—a pace for our lives that can balance and sustain us physically and spiritually.  

Through a four-part program that teaches you how to purify your life, pace yourself, practice the presence, and plan a sustainable life, A Pace of Grace offers simple ways to rediscover the essential elements of a life well lived.  Complete with Linda’s ten rules for health, this comprehensive guide is the first step in recapturing the joy and vibrancy inherent in each of us.

 

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A pace of grace: the virtues of a sustainable life

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Mashing together a do-less, enjoy-more philosophy with a range of retread techniques (e.g., do yoga, practice forgiveness, work smarter), psychotherapist Popov seeks to help readers simplify their ... Read full review

Contents

FATIGUE OVERWHELM AND GUILT
THE CALL OF CREATIVITY
LISTEN TO YOUR SPIRIT
RECOGNIZE YOUR TEACHABLE MOMENT
PUT GUILT IN ITS PLACE
PURGING OUR GUILT
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
RESPECT THE MINDBODY CONNECTION
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM BUSY MIND
CREATE A WORKPLACE OF GRACE
DONT WORK HARDER WORK SMARTER
TAKE YOUR TIME
DO ONE THING AT A TIME
ACCEPT WHAT YOU ARE GIVEN TODAY
TAKE TIME OFF AND TIME OUT
THE HEALING POWER OF MASSAGE

SUSTAIN YOURSELF WITH WATER
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN WATER
A VIRTUES MASSAGE
EAT SMALL AMOUNTS FREQUENTLY
REDUCE OILS AND FATS
DRINK HERBAL TEAS
REDUCE PAIN WITH SUPPLEMENTS
RESTORE YOUR BALANCE
RELEASE YOUR CLEANSING TEARS
HONOR YOUR FEELINGS
CLAIM THE GIFTS IN YOUR FEELINGS
TAKE A BREATHER
EXERCISE WITH MODERATION
INVITE INSPIRATION
PURIFY YOUR LIFE OF NEGATIVITY
ELIMINATE NEEDLESS PAIN AND USELESS MISERY
DONT PUT EACH OTHER DOWN LIFT EACH OTHER UP
REPLACE NEGATIVITY WITH VIRTUES
PURIFY YOUR THOUGHTS WITH VIRTUES
BE A PEACEMAKER
FOCUS ON WHATS RIGHT
CULTIVATE THE DIVINE VIRTUES
VIRTUES ARE UNIVERSALLY VALUED
USE VIRTUES LANGUAGE TO ENCOURAGE
USE VIRTUES LANGUAGE TO CORRECT
USE VIRTUES LANGUAGE TO THANK
APPRECIATE CORRECT AND THANK
MAKE SIMPLE POSITIVE REQUESTS
TRANSFORM THE INTERNAL CRITIC INTO A GENTLE OBSERVER
DO NOT ACCEPT SHAME FROM OTHERS
SPEAK RESPECTFULLY ABOUT YOUR BODY
GIVE UP PERFECTIONISM FOR TRANSFORMATION
BE ACCOUNTABLE NOT GUILTY
PRACTICE IMPECCABLE INTEGRITY AND UNFAILING TENDERNESS
TRANSFORMATION IS THE ONLY AMENDS
KEEP RELATIONSHIPS CLEAN AND CLEAR
BALANCE FORGIVENESS WITH JUSTICE
FORGIVENESS CAN HEAL
DO FINANCES DRAIN YOU OR SUSTAIN YOU?
SPEND SUSTAINABLY
REEVALUATE YOUR WEALTH AND WORTH
BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU HAVE
KEEP A PACE OF GRACE IN YOUR SPENDING
PRACTICE FINANCIAL JUSTICE IN YOUR FAMILY
TEACH YOUR CHILDREN TO SPEND WISELY
THE ANTIANXIETY REMEDY
MAKE A SPACE FOR GRACE
ASK FOR HELP
CLEAR A NATURAL PATH
BEFRIEND YOUR RESISTANCE
MAKE A START
BEGIN WITH SURFACES
BEAUTY BEGETS ORDER
CONTAIN TO SUSTAIN
CHOOSE THE RIGHT CONTAINERS
MAKE FILES NOT PILES
FIND YOUR RADIANT POINT
YOUR LIVING SPACE CAN BE SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL
BE A GOOD STEWARD
WHY WE AVOID REST
FIND YOUR FLOW
SEEK PRISTINE MOMENTUM
REST PROACTIVELY
PURSUE THE PERFECT NAP
CURL UP WITH A GOOD BOOK
PILLOW YOURSELF
WHAT YOU RESIST WILL PERSIST
SET A SUSTAINABLE PACE
DISCOVER YOUR NATURAL BOUNDARIES
RESIST TELEPHONE TYRANNY
ARE YOU AN ETYPE PERSONALITY?
WHAT IS YOUR YES?
DONT MISS YOUR DIVINE OPPORTUNITIES
CULTIVATE THE GIFT OF YOUR ASSERTIVENESS
MAKE FAMILY LIFE HARMONIOUS
PROTECT YOUR FAMILY TIME
BALANCING THE VIRTUES
STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE
HAVE A GOOD TIME
HAVE FAMILY FUN
KNOW WHEN TO RETREAT
HAVE A PLAY SPACE AT HOME
PLAY EVERY DAY
RECREATE YOURSELF
DONT WORRY BE HAPPY
PRAYER AS RELATIONSHIP
THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO PRAY
DO WE KNOW HOW WONDERFUL WE ARE?
CREATE SACRED TIME
CREATE SACRED SPACE
THE RPMS OF SPIRITUAL FITNESS
BE A TRUE COMPANION
THREE WAYS TO SUSTAIN GRACE IN OUR RELATIONSHIPS
GIVE YOUR FULL ATTENTION
2 OFFER COMPASSIONATE CURIOSITY
BE PRESENT THROUGH PRAYER
AS YOU ARE SO YOU ATTRACT
BE WILLING TO BE WORTHY
TAKE CARE OF YOUR PRIMARY RELATIONSHIP
HEAL THE DISEASE TO PLEASE
LET LOVE IN
CREATE A SUSTAINING COMMUNITY
CREATE A CIRCLE OF MENTORS
AN EXAMPLE OF A MENTORS CIRCLE
CELEBRATE LIFE CREATE CEREMONY
MAKE JOY YOUR PRIORITY
FOLLOW YOUR HEART
WHAT GIVES YOU JOY?
PLAY WITH POSSIBILITIES
THINK CREATIVELY
DO WHAT YOU LOVE
LOVE WHAT YOU DO
NAME YOUR VISION
LEAD WITH YOUR PASSION
CREATE A PLAN
1 FIND YOUR BALANCE
2 SCHEDULE SELFCARE FIRST
3 TRANSITION GENTLY
4 PAUSE FOR APPLAUSE
5 MAKE MANAGEABLE PLANS
6 MAKE MODERATE LISTS
7 MAKE DISCERNING DECISIONS
LIVE AN IDEAL LIFE
CULTIVATE CONTENTMENT
PURIFY YOUR LIFE
PACE YOURSELF
PRACTICE THE PRESENCE
PLAN A SUSTAINABLE LIFE
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Linda Kavelin Popov is the author of The Family Virtues Guide and is one of the founders and directors of the Virtues Project International.  She travels around the world in support of the project’s initiatives, speaking to communities, businesses, and governmental organizations.  The United Nations Secretariat has honored the Virtues Project as a model for global reform for people of all cultures.  She lives in the Gulf Islands near Victoria, British Columbia.

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