Compass of the Heart: Embodying Medicine Wheel Teachings

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, 1996 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 224 pages
Arranged in the form of a medicine wheel, Compass of the Heart uses the teachings of the six directions-East, South, West, North, Sky, and Earth-as it explores what it means to be consciously engaged in the life that swirls around us each and every moment. Cruden discusses daily spiritual practices-meditation, work with chakras, even teaching children or gardening-as ways of maintaining a connectedness to truth through the ups and downs of experience. These practices deepen one's relationship with the Earth so that spiritual awareness occurs not just in rare moments of inspiration but as an integral and ongoing part of life itself. More than a guide, this is the perfect companion to those following the compass of their hearts toward a union of body, earth, and spirit.
For those who feel a desire for a natural spirituality in their lives, Compass of the Heart offers insights and suggestions based on Loren Cruden's lifetime of work with Native American and other Earth-oriented traditions.

Further develops the ideas and practices set forth in the author's previous work, The Spirit of Place.
 

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Contents

THE MEDICINE WHEEL
12
BREATH
20
PRAYER
26
MEDITATION
32
BELIEF
37
PERCEPTION
42
WHEEL WORKINGS
47
SELF
56
GUIDANCE
107
HEALING
113
TOUCH
118
CRISIS AND LIMBO
123
DEATH
127
EARTH
134
MAINTENANCE
138
CEREMONY
143

ALLIANCE
62
BEING HUMAN
67
MOVEMENT
72
OBJECTS
77
PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS
83
SOLITUDE
88
LOVE
96
ALTERED STATES
101
TIMING
147
SERVICE
152
PATH
162
SWEAT LODGE
170
VISIONSEEKING
184
MYSTERY
200
WHEEL PERSPECTIVES
206
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Compass of the Heart
Embodying Medicine Wheel Teachings

Introduction: The Journey Homeward
Part One: East-Wind
1. The Medicine Wheel
2. Breath
3. Prayer
4. Belief
5. Perception
7. Wheel workings
Part Two: South-Fire
1. Self
2. Alliance
3. Being Human
4. Movement
5. Objects
6. Personal Relationships
7. Solitude
Part Three: West-Water
1. Love
2. Altered States
3. Guidance
4. Healing
5. Touch
6. Crisis and Limbo
7. Death
Part Four: North-Stone
1. Earth
2. Maintenance
3. Ceremony
4. Timing
5. Service
6. Listening
7. Path
Part Five: Earth
Sweat Lodge
Part Six: Sky
Part Seven: Center
Appendix: Wheel Perspectives

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