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A New Way to Be Human: 7 Spiritual Pathways to Becoming Fully Alive Paperback – April 22, 2012
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Meet Robert V. Taylor:
Robert is a thought leader, speaker, author and teacher. A protégé of Desmond Tutu, Robert invites audiences to live into our full, authentic humanity. The risks, choice and fears he has responded to make his speaking and writing compellingly authentic.
A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Taylor was sent to the U.S. by Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu, in 1980 to avoid imprisonment for refusing to serve in the South African military.
There, Robert served in the New York City area as a clergy leader revitalizing a dying congregation, building a community service center and being at the forefront of responses to HIV/AIDS and homelessness.
Nineteen years later, he was elected to be Dean of the Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle, making him the first openly gay dean in the world. There he forged alliances with the corporate, not-for-profit and social service sectors as founding Chair of the Committee to End Homelessness in King County, Washington. He was referred to as the Buddhist Episcopalian because of his expansive inter-spiritual leadership.
Today, Robert is a speaker for corporate and professional groups. His university talks - on leadership and how to get along with your political foes -include MIT, UNC Chapel Hill, USF Tampa, The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Leadership, Seattle University and Stanford.
As a media commentator Robert's work is featured online at CNN, Huffington Post and Fox News. Print publications include the Washington Post, LA Weekly and more. He has appeared on national NPR programs and local radio stations nationwide. TV appearances include the nationally syndicated Daytime TV and local affiliates in LA, Boston, Dallas, Seattle, Chicago, Phoenix and more.
He is Chair of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation in New York City.
He is a graduate of Rhodes University, South Africa and Union Theological Seminary, New York. Robert lives in Seattle and on a farm in rural Eastern Washington.
* A recent TEDx speaker, Robert discussed "positive disruption", saying disillusionment should be welcomed as an incubator of new thinking, renewed purpose and personal growth.
* Alongside Bill Ayer, CEO of Alaska Air Group, he worked with the Young Presidents Organization on the power of story to integrate their professional and personal lives.
* At Stanford University he spoke on how to cultivate compassion in our everyday lives as part of a series that included Eckhart Tolle and Thich Nhat Hanh.
* At master classes in LA for leaders in the high tech, social media and advertising sectors Robert engaged them on how extreme success comes from overcoming extreme fears and challenges.
* He has hosted His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu in discussion about compassion.
* At MIT he spoke on how to lead in the midst of conflict and adversity.
A New Way to Be Human by Robert V. Taylor
Like his mentor, Desmond Tutu, Robert is no stranger to heartrending fear. But in his new book, A New Way to be Human: 7 Spiritual Pathways to Becoming Fully Alive, he shares how his choices allow him to move from fear into a life of enormous compassion and impact.
Part self-help and spiritual guidebook and part remarkable life story, A New Way to Be Human is divided into seven chapters or pathways ("Risky Invitations", "Hairpin Curves of Life" "At Home in Your Heart" etc.) with practical tools to guide the reader's journey. In addition to life-changing stories from Robert's life and those of others, readers learn to dig into the wisdom revealed in their own lives, break through personal difficulties and live as active participants in their life and the world.
A New Way to Be Human is a timely, generous and life-changing book that will resonate with fans of Deepak Chopra, Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hanh, the Dalai Lama and Eckhart Tolle. It beckons those who are ready to explore a new way to be human to live lives of well-being, compassion and greater connectedness.
Learn more at robertvtaylor.com.
Follow Robert at www.facebook.com/RVTAuthorSpeaker and on Twitter @robertvtaylor
Watch Robert's videos and talks on YouTube - RobertVTaylor1 Channel
Top Customer Reviews
And now, beautifully in sync with Louise Hay's work, comes Robert Taylor's spiritual guidance on releasing ourselves from the visible & invisible enclosures we create for ourselves. I find his book to be the perfect healing companion to Louise Hay's book.
I recommend this brilliant combination of books to all suffering from ailments in mind, body or spirit. They work great in meditation, offer authentic practices that heal and restore, and both provide gentle yet structured (and fun!) guidance on getting your ship back on course with full sails.
I'm finding joy in discovering new ways to be human. It's refreshing, releasing. Thank you, Robert Taylor, for sharing your story of courage and for reminding us of the unimaginable freedom & gifts awaiting each of us when we change from our old ways of being human.
The story opens with a foreword by The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus, and Nobelist of Cape Town. The foreword challenges us to explain our identity. There are three steppingstones in this process. The first is to share your story to reveal yourself and where you are headed. The second is to share your experiences with others. The third part is to engage others in order to connect your story outside the traditional comfort zone. A famous Tao saying recognizes that: "The journey is the reward." Jesus Christ said: "I will be with you always."
The concept of the self is quite complex. The Id is the unit of the psyche, residing in the unconscious, that is the source of instinctive impulses which crave satisfaction in accordance with expectations of pleasure. The ego and the superego are modifiers before the instinctive impulses are given expression overtly. Sigmund Freud said that: "Where Id was, there
ego shall be".
A New Way To Be Human challenges us to channel these instinctive impulses outside of our normal comfort zones and into the experiential domain of shared experiences with others within our periphery. The African concept of Ubuntu recognizes that each person exists within the context of others. Your own heart is enlarged, changed, and renewed iteratively when you connect to relatives in the human family. Buddha said that: "The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great experience, validating humbling and uplifting all at once! Go for it, you can not lose by loving!
Robert V Taylor has taken memoir, spiritual formation, and wisdom writing and woven them together in a very accessible way - all while maintaining a challenge to reach beyond one's... Read morePublished on November 13, 2013 by katie
I thought it was wonderful, so good that I have bought and given copies to several friends and family members and they all loved it as well.Published on May 11, 2013 by JLK
A New Way to be Human by Robert V Taylor is a captivating and enlightening book. Once I started it I could not put it down and refer to it on a daily basis. Read morePublished on April 15, 2013 by Amazon Customer
A friend and I read this book together as a kind of study group and it was a wonderful experience. "A New Way to Be Human" helped us to see in what areas we needed to improve as... Read morePublished on January 25, 2013 by P. McDonald
Self-help books and inspirational stories are plentiful: about as ubiquitous as ever. Over the years, there are only a few that have truly excited me but the new book by Robert V. Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by Cicero
Some passages I savor and highlight. I am inspired by this man's courage, vulnerability and transparency. HIs spiritual journey is heroic. Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by Frances J. Fisher