Awakening to Awe: Personal Stories of Profound Transformation

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2009 - Psychology - 208 pages
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Awakening to Awe is a self-help meditation on an alternative and growing spiritual movement. This is a movement comprised of people who refuse the "quick-fix" model for healing, whether that model entails popping pills, indulging in material comforts, or adhering to doctrinal dogmas. By contrast, the movement about which Schneider writes is composed of people who have developed the capacity to experience the humility and wonder, or in short, awe, of life deeply lived. In particular, this book highlights the stories of people who through the cultivation of awe have transformed their lives. For example, readers will discover how awe transformed the life of an ex-gang member into a beloved and productive gang mediator, an ex-drug addict into a communally conscious healer, and a sufferer of stage three cancer into a contemplative and spiritual seeker. The book will also inform readers about the challenges and joys of awe-based child-raising, education, humor, political activism, and aging. Drawing on the philosophy of Schneider's earlier work, the acclaimed Rediscovery of Awe, Awakening to Awe tells the down-to-earth stories of a quiet yet emerging revolution in the transformation of lives."
 

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Contents

AweWakening
1
OUR AWEDEPLETED AGE
7
WHAT KEEPS US FROM VENTURING?
11
THE STODGY ROAD TO AWE
17
THE AWE SURVEY FORMAT AND BACKGROUND
21
AWEBASED AWAKENING THE NEW TESTAMENTS TO SPIRIT
25
AWAKENING IN EDUCATION
27
AWAKENING FROM CHILDHOOD TRAUMA
61
AWAKENING THROUGH CHRONIC ILLNESS
111
AWAKENING IN AGING
121
AWAKENING THROUGH HUMOR
137
TOWARD AN AWEBASED WORLD AWAKENING GUIDEPOSTS TO AN AWEBASED LIFE
147
AWEWAKENING IN THE EVERYDAY
151
THE SOCIETAL CHALLENGE
171
CONCLUSION
179
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AWAKENING FROM DRUG ADDICTION
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Kirk Schneider, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and leading spokesperson for humanistic psychology. He is the author of eight books, current editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, adjunct faculty at Saybrook Graduate School, and vice president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute.

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