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Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life Paperback – January 3, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1572245334 ISBN-10: 1572245336 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1st edition (January 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572245336
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572245334
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Living Deeply is the accumulated wisdom of many of our greatest living teachers, all adepts in the goal of personal transformation. This is one of the finest collections of gentle, penetrating insights available. Highly recommended.
—Larry Dossey, MD, author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things

Living Deeply provides us with some of the most significant insights into spiritual transformation that I have ever read. Based on interviews with spiritual teachers, leading scientific researchers, religion scholars, important public intellectuals, and major writers, this volume is a remarkable example of an integrative approach to a topic of immense importance. It is marvelous to look through the different windows of transformation that are so richly described and interpreted both spiritually and scientifically. Living Deeply is a major accomplishment that will hopefully become a classic in an emerging field. It is truly a brilliant synthesis. I think Living Deeply will change lives and change the world for the better.
—Stephen G. Post, Ph.D., professor of bioethics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

From the Publisher

The book Living Deeply is the product of the Institute of Noetic Sciences' decade-long investigation into transformations in human consciousness. It transcends any one approach by focusing on common elements of transformation across a variety of traditions, affirming and supporting the diversity of approaches across religious, spiritual, scientific, academic, or cultural backgrounds. Living Deeply makes these teachings accessible without diminishing their complexity, empowering readers to become their own scientists, develop and test their own hypotheses, and reach their own conclusions.

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In doing so, they frame the reader's perspective for the information presented in the rest of the book.
Maanna Stephenson
This book is the accumulation of 10 years of research threading together insights and techniques that help the reader grow and lead an inspired life.
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While others speak eloquently of one religious tradition, this book draws evenhandedly from a myriad of traditions and spiritual paths.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Katz on March 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book will nourish and guide the hungry heart. It is a diverse, balanced, full consideration of the art and science of transformation.

The editors explain their goal: "Our single-minded focus was on the phenomenon of experiences people have, and practices they engage in, that stimulate and sustain a new worldview that may best be described as positive consciousness transformation."

Theme - Find your own way:

The editors try very hard to be diverse and balanced while requiring the reader to be responsible rather than providing a program for transformation: "Ultimately, you need to find your own balance between convention and innovation, between the tried and true and the emerging forms of transformative practice."

The editors encourage you to discover ways to enrich, deepen, and find joy in each moment. Quoting George Leonard: "I can't live the life of some teacher. I'm never going to get there the way somebody else did."

Theme - Balance:

Balance is addressed in different modes.

Throughout the book there is attentiveness to the balance "between courage, determination, discipline, and choice on the one hand, and letting go, acceptance, and surrendering to the mystery of transformation on the other."

The editors recognize that transformation can be painful, and they balance it by sharing the joy and liberation that come out of the transformative journey.

Medicine woman Tela Star Hawk Lake: "...we have to keep everything in balance. Everything has to be in harmony. Not just for the human beings, but for the animals, for the birds, for the plants, for the fish, for the rocks, for everything."

Theme - Compassion:

Active compassion is part of transformative worldview.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Eldon K. Van Vliet on February 29, 2008
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This is a book about the human potential to experience an enlightened state through the careful application of conscious intent. It is the product of three diligent researchers working for ten years to collect and analyze subjective accounts of transformation, and to distill and record the meaning thereof.

The stated purpose of the book is contained in this excerpt. "Throughout all of our research, our goal has been to learn more about the phenomenon of transformation, whereby people's lives are changed for the better in profound and long-lasting ways." To some, this statement may contain a religious ring, but the book carefully avoids the promotion of any particular religion. It does contain many places where the idea of sacredness is honored.

The concept of a person adopting a serious daily practice is described as a crucial pathway in the search for enlightenment. This comes from the observation that practice acquaints us with those things in life that bring meaning, the numinous things, so that we can recognize and honor them when they appear in ordinary life experience.

The book is full of rich quotes, artfully arranged where they will be the most effective. It is full of the words of great teachers, sometimes quoting their own teachers, so that the wisdom comes to the reader in successive layers. One feature seems to lead to the conclusion that it will prove to be an extremely influential force in its field. This is that the book slowly and carefully builds a rational for seriously choosing to lead a good life.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mariana Bozesan on January 21, 2008
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In sharing the results of more than a decade of research, Living Deeply is truly a brilliant synthesis between the science of achievement and the art of fulfillment.

It goes beyond conventional wisdom and provides hands on advice on how to connect with your deepest knowing so you can begin to live a life of meaning, purpose, and contribution to yourself and others. It facilitates this journey by sharing the most hidden secrets of all wisdom traditions worldwide.

This book is a must read for everyone who wants advice from the world's most remarkable sages.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert Fripp on February 26, 2010
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"What is needed today is an expansion of the ... sciences that allow us to understand our inner being." Robert Thurman, a professor of Buddhist Studies, contributes that thought to his Foreword in "Living Deeply." The book itself follows in the same vein, a tight, concentrated account of the sciences and philosophies that can assist us to move beyond understanding our "inner being," instead transforming that being and life-path in positive ways.

The authors are associated with the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Its web site explains: "Noetic sciences are explorations into the nature and potentials of consciousness using multiple ways of knowing--including intuition, feeling, reason, and the senses." One should emphasize that modern scientific method, which evolved to bring discipline into the traditional, physical sciences, now monitors noetic "ways" as well. This is not New Age. This has become New Science in its own right.

"Living Deeply" is comprehensive, yet its thesis unrolls in just over 200 pages. In this respect the book resembles Buddhist time: it neither expands nor contracts. It just is, sufficient to its need. (Which is not to say that "Living Deeply" is an easy read. Such a regiment of marshaled facts requires readers to focus and participate, in both thought and deed.)

"Living Deeply" shifts with clarity between the vast scope of noetic scientific researches as the authors describe them, into our lives as we live them.
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