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Psychiatrist and philosopher Roger Walsh looks at seven common practices of the world's major religions to tease out a guidebook for contemporary spirituality. With gleanings from Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism, Walsh offers seven chapters devoted to enlightenment. For example, "Practice 1" discusses how readers can reduce cravings and find the soul's desire (very relevant in an increasingly materialistic world). Once Walsh has laid out the goals and reasoning behind each practice, he offers an array of exercises, such as how to "Examine the Experience of Craving" or "Reflect on the Cost of Craving." Although this format is overtly self-help, Walsh has brought forth a wise and highly respectable book that integrates some of the best practices that the world's religions can offer. The introduction by the Dalai Lama gives Walsh great praise for helping readers become purer in motivation so that they can lead a more fulfilling life in service to love and compassion. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Essential Spirituality "The field of spiritual books has been looking for its own Lewis Thomas or Carl Sagan, and I believe Roger Walsh may be that one." Ken Wilber, author of One Taste Based on over twenty years of research and spiritual practice, written by a man who is both a spiritual practitioner and award-winning scientist, this is a groundbreaking and life-changing book For the first time, Essential Spirituality shows how you can apply the seven practices central to all the worlds major religions in your daily life. In his decades of study, Dr. Roger Walsh has discovered that each of the great spiritual traditions has both a common goal and seven common practices to reach that goal: recognizing the sacred and divine that exist both within and around us. Going beyond Care of the Soul, Essential Spirituality integrates the spiritual principles of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Taoism into one truly rewarding way of life in which kindness, love, joy, peace, vision, wisdom, and generosity become an ever-growing part of everything you do. Filled with stories, exercises, meditations, myths, case histories, prayers, and practical advice, this extraordinary book has the power to change your life now. "An engaging, inspiring synthesis of the core insights of humanitys spiritual traditions. This is a rare gem of a booka unique treasure distilled from a quarter century of deep spiritual practice and intellectual inquiry. Essential Spirituality is a book to live with and work with, filled with simple though powerful exercises that invite people to discover for themselves the truths about which Roger Walsh writes so beautifully and lovingly." Duane Elgin, author of Voluntary Simplicity --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
I will be re-reading this book soon. It is clear and beautifully written. Highly recommend it! May use it in an Adult Education program at my Progressive Christian Church!Published 9 months ago by RevKristi
This book keeps me grounded and focused, especially in my line of work!Published 12 months ago by Elissa A Parkerson
This is an easy to read and relate to book. I enjoy the exercises recommended and the insight it provides. This is the book that I needed at the right time in my life.Published 13 months ago by David McQuarrie
I've learned quite a bit about several different regions practices. In essence, the book allows you to see that regardless of your religious preference the end results are always... Read morePublished 15 months ago by susan murias
The beauty of this book for me is definitely in how many faith traditions it draws from. Walsh captures how all the faiths point to the same core practices and ways of being. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Noodles Bhai