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Here I Am: Using Jewish Spiritual Wisdom to Become More Present, Centered, and Available for Life Paperback – August 30, 2011
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“Dr. Leonard Felder has a marvelous talent for illuminating profound wisdom teachings in a way that readers can understand personally and bring into their lives to nurture and deepen their own spiritual practices.”—Rabbi David A. Cooper, author of God Is a Verb
“I always feel warmly about self-help books that suggest things I’m tempted to try. Leonard Felder’s simple, engaging book on using Jewish spiritual techniques for stress relief falls into that category for me. As a self-help book on stress management for Jews and non-Jews, Felder encourages readers to fill in whatever terms they wish for ‘God’ and ‘soul’ and provides lots of alternatives; but for Jews who are comfortable with these terms, this book offers a double reward—both as a mindful therapeutic practice and as a way of reconnecting to Jewish prayer.”—Reform Judaism magazine
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His first solution, for example, focuses on the biblical statement, said by the prophet Samuel and others when they were called by God: "Here I Am." He explains how using his technique can help people change their focus from one that stresses them to one that puts them at ease.
His fourth teaching, to cite another example, teaches his readers how to let go or, at least, reduce a person's involvement. This is one of the prime reasons for stress.
His second lesson involves a phenomenon that most people do not know exist, the Zeigarnik Effect. The human brain focuses on what is incomplete or negative. Thus when people see a bunch of random sentences, they forget the majority of coherent sentences and the brain concentrates on the sentences with missing words or incomplete thoughts. This trait is generally good because the brain is problem solving. But in the wrong context, it can depress people who are unable to forget what they did wrong while they don't remember the many things they did right. Felder explains how to overcome this natural phenomenon.
This book uses Jewish spiritual sources to create mindfulness. It's both extremely accessible and deep. The best "therapy"; the best guidance, I've had in years. The book and discussion guide provides an excellent framework for a support group.
The writing is very clear and informal.The loving care he takes with us, his audience, with his clients, with others he talks about is beautiful to see/feel and,for me, very inspiring
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I was hesitant to buy this, as I have sworn off self-help books, but it is helpful and intelligent. Using traditional prayers and verses from the Tanach is a very nice feature.Published 9 days ago by S.J.
Excellent book. Really enjoying it...the first exercise alone was awesome and I use it often.Published 9 months ago by Journaler
Having studied Mussar, I read this book and liked it. Although its more geared to the psychologist and their patients.Published 22 months ago by jessFW
Very thought provoking. I would highly recommend it for two or more to discuss... Topics are real-life experiences we've all gone through.Published on March 2, 2013 by Lyn and Dale Fox