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  • Series: The Art of Spiritual Living
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: SkyLight Paths; 1 edition (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594731519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594731518
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A blessing--both as a book and as a roadmap for spiritual growth.... Renders the path of the heart clear and accessible with insight, wisdom, and humor. This may be my favorite book of all times." -- Joan Borysenko, PhD, author of A Woman's Journey to God and Seven Paths to God

"Touches the very heart of spirituality. Its message has the ring of universal truth. Drawing from many traditions and faiths, [it] highlights the essence of all spiritual teachings and the secret of inspired living." -- Swami Adiswarananda, Minister and Spiritual Leader, Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York and author of The Vedanta Way to Peace and Happiness

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Choose to live out the likeness of God and awaken to your holy and most true self.

More than a how-to guide, this extraordinary resource will help you cultivate lovingkindness in all aspects of your life. Drawing from his own personal journey as well as from sacred practices of the world's major faith traditions, Rami Shapiro provides the ingredients, inspiration and step-by-step exercises that you need to develop a personal strategy for embracing the world--fearlessly and honestly--with compassion.

Practical exercises include:
Manifesting creativity through mindfulness meditation
Cultivating compassion through metta practice
Exploring the five-fold path to forgiveness
Living grace through Sabbath keeping
Learning to let go through nama-japa
Preserving kindness through ethical wills
And much, much more

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Open your heart and let the love flow.
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I recommend this book to anyone who wants to cultivate a healthier, more rewarding spriritual life no matter what religion they do or don't practice.
Alanna
Witty, engaging, and has a fresh approach to this topic.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Alanna on June 11, 2007
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I could feel my attitudes changing as I read this book, slowly, chapter by chapter. I am so grateful to this author for teaching me about how to cultivate equanimity and what anger really is and how to try my best to avoid falling into it. This is one of the best books I have ever read because it tells me that I will fall short of my intention to be a better person, and that's ok, as long as I keep pursuing my spiritual growth. Thank you for writing this book, Rabbi Rami Shapiro! I recommend this book to anyone who wants to cultivate a healthier, more rewarding spriritual life no matter what religion they do or don't practice.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Patti Robinson on August 4, 2008
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Rami has a way about him. His interfaith writings are insightful, maddening and calming all at the same time. If you want to learn how you can feel love and acceptance towards others and respond to people in a loving way, give The Art of Lovingkindness a careful read. But beware, Rami does not let you just read, he involves every part of your being in the active pursuit of godliness. You won't be disappointed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By NNE on August 31, 2008
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With insight, grace and humor this writer elaborates on the attributes of lovingkindness. He weaves the wisdom of many religious disciplines into his stories.
Rather than feel that he's behind an invisible pulput, his teaching seems to simply unfold, making it sweetly accessible to heart, mind and soul.
His medium and his message are one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric Maroney on April 29, 2010
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Chesed, kindness in Hebrew (often translated loving kindness) is the subject of this book. In it, Rabbi Shapiro gives very practical examples of how to be less judgmental, harsh and unkind to others and to yourself.

By far the best chapter is 5, equanimity in the moment. For here Shapiro gets to the heart of his ideas about God and religion: "God is bigger than our theologies" "...the things we rely on to bolster our understanding of God and justice are transient. The certainty we took for granted fades... This is the beginning of spiritual awakening."

For Shapiro, uncertainty is the basis of wisdom. Not-knowing with certainty is the key to his concept of spiritual life. For many, this message will be inadequate. For those who want a more complex response to various spiritual dilemmas, who can be satisfied with a maybe instead of an emphatic yes, this book is for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gary Reiner on December 12, 2009
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Rabbi Rami Shapiro has done a wondeful job putting together a guide for the practice of the sacred art of lovingkindness. The book is packed with gentle suggestions written from the heart which resonate deeply when reading meditatively. One can easily look at the text as being a guidebook which provides tools you need to recognize the divinity within yourself and others -- very powerful. And, as Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi says, the book is a "masterpiece... a practical, inspiring, engrossing and very helpful ecumenical how-to based on the Jewish supermantra."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary Jean Kindschuh on July 10, 2008
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The book is thoughtful, insightful and practical. Another excellent exploration of healthy spiritual living from Rabbi Rami.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Diane on January 18, 2014
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I love this book so much that I have been reading it over again. It has been a blessing for me and I highly recommend it to everyone. Rabbi Rami Shapiro has a broad knowledge of many religions and acknowledges the beauty of their spiritual teachings. He is able to weave everything together into a excellent foundation for your spiritual journey. Not only is this a book on the sacred art of Lovingkindness, but I feel it is your sacred duty to nourish your soul by reading it. You will be so thankful that you did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 19, 2010
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The subject matter of this book is very important for our times. So much confusion is introduced by the least of us. This cuts through with wisdom from all traditions. The topics covered can set in place a firm grounding for spiritual practice. The anecdotes that Rabbi tells testify to his personal accomplishment in life: to become a decent human being. I loved this book..
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