A Spirituality for Brokenness: Discovering Your Deepest Self in Difficult Times

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SkyLight Paths Publishing, Jun 21, 2008 - Religion - 158 pages

A gentle, clear guide to finding hope and help in troubled days.

"When you begin to understand what brokenness means, you will be armed with information that empowers you to take the steps that can turn your leaden feelings into opportunities for health and happiness. When you can accept (and perhaps even celebrate) your brokenness, you can cease your endless search for 'healing' and get on with your life, scars and all."
--from Chapter 1

We each have broken areas of our lives. Whether from things that happen to us or as consequences of our own choices, there are times and situations where our very souls feel fractured.

With wisdom and profound personal experience, Terry Taylor guides you through a compassionate yet highly practical process of facing, accepting, and finally integrating your brokenness into your life--a process that can ultimately bring mending. He offers a clear-eyed, kindhearted method based on teachings and practices from many religious traditions, including:

  • Ancient Christian practice of Lectio Divina to face our brokenness
  • Tibetan practice of tonglen to generate compassion for ourselves
  • Jewish tradition of Sabbath-keeping to give us the space we need to mend
  • Muslim practice of hajj--pilgrimage--to bring the journey full circle

No matter your faith tradition, you will find lovingkindness and wise counsel in this useful, step-by-step guide to transforming these moments of supreme vulnerability into opportunities for reflection and spiritual growth.

 

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Contents

What Does It Mean to Be Broken?
11
The Root of Brokenness
13
Mending Not Healing
15
The Long Perfect Loveliness of You
18
Sabbath Recognizing Your Brokenness
21
Getting Away from the Screech of Dissonant Days
23
The Benefits of Doing Nothing
24
Taking a Daily Sabbath
25
The Power of Hajj
73
A Failed Hajj
75
Stages of a Pilgrimage
78
A Successful Hajj
81
Hajj Alternatives
86
Facing the Proverbial Dragon
91
Labyrinth Moving On With Your Brokenness
93
A Symbol for the Journey
95

A Word of Caution
29
Taking a Weekly Sabbath
30
Taking a Longer Sabbatical
32
Maitri and Tonglen Having Compassion for Your Brokenness
35
Making Friends with Yourself
36
Preparing to Practive
39
The Practice of Maitri
41
Leaning into the Pain
43
The Practice of Tonglen
44
Giving Tonglen a Try
47
Using Sabbath Maitri and Tonglen Together
49
Lectio Divina Understanding Your Brokenness
51
Traditional Lectio Divina
53
Bringing Lectio Divina to Brokenness
57
Bringing Lectio Divina to Your Story
62
Taking Lectio Divina One Step Further
66
The Impact Lectio Divina
68
Pilgrimage Finding Meaning in Your Brokenness
71
A Practical Method for Walking a Labyrinth
100
Labyrinth Alternatives and Suggestions
104
A Sacramental Journey to Hidden Wholeness
106
The Yoga of Creativity Transcending Your Brokenness
109
Developing a Sustainable Spiritual Practice
111
The Gifts of Creative Expression
112
Creativity as a Spiritual Practice
116
Making Creativity into a Personal Yoga
123
The Discipline of a Spiritual Practice
125
Turning Wounds into Light
127
The Third Jewel Sharing Your Brokenness
129
Connecting to Community
133
Considering Your Community Experience
136
Sangha as a Spiritual Practice
139
Afterword
143
Additional Resources
149
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Terry Taylor leads workshops on the spirituality of brokenness and is a frequent commentator for public radio and other media on topics related to spirituality, peace, and justice. He is executive director of Interfaith Paths to Peace, an organization dedicated to fostering interreligious dialogue. Terry is available for speaking engagements, and to lead retreats or conferences. For details, visit his website: www.helpforbrokenness.com.

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