- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Dreamriver Press; 1st edition (December 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0979790808
- ISBN-13: 978-0979790805
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,141,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eastern Wisdom for Your Soul Paperback – December 1, 2007
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"Richard Singer has outdone himself! If you thought his first book, Your Daily Walk with the Great Minds was wonderful, you haven't read anything yet. Singer has taken the word 'mindfulness' to a new level and shows us how to apply it to every moment of our lives." --Sue Vogan, Author/Radio Show Host
About the Author
Richard Singer is an award winning author, trained psychotherapist, and most importantly a seeker of truth. He continuously searches for wisdom to use in his life, as well as helping other human beings in their precious journey. He has studied Eastern Psychology, Buddhist Healing, and Non-Violence at the Doctoral Level; in addition, he has spent years devoted to the study of wisdom recorded throughout history. He seeks to impart this knowledge to the world through his writing. His primary purpose is to benefit humanity in any way possible. Richard states that My books are not only for reading, they are meant to be lived. Richard resides in the Cayman Islands with his wife Debbie and his twin sons, Matthew and Alexander.
Top customer reviews
Through 111 meditations, inspired by quotations from eastern teachers, Singer shares with the reader his understanding of the wisdom imparted. Each meditation pairs with a real life application - a how-to for you to put the principle into action. These are shared under 11 core sections, such as Our True Nature, Unity, Compassion, and Enlightenment. A few of my favorites are: Change - your greatest ally in your personal journey. "It is possible that you may be moving rather quickly, but not truly going anywhere." Unity/Oneness - "No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive," said Gandhi. And Anger and Resentment - Buddha said, "Some people are like big children, harming others without even seeing it. Staying angry with these fools is like being mad at fire because it burns."
Singer is not trying to preach a religion. His sharing of the eastern philosophies, such as found in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism, is an offering of ancient wisdom that each reader will interpret differently and in the way they are personally meant to. His use of quotes is a tool to bring home the thought behind it and have the reader connect to the principle. We all have thoughts on being mindful, change, truth, death, and simplicity. This book is an outreach to help readers to find their own truth, leave their ego behind, and be in the now.
In a twelfth chapter, Richard shares 111 thought provoking quotes so that you can continue to meditate in the fashion the book introduces to you. A final chapter outlines the popular 12 steps of recovery, but in eastern terms. We are all recovering from the thought processes that society has instilled in us. If we follow the ancient thoughts of eastern wisdom, we may just find ourselves within ourselves, and that's a good place to be.
This easy to read and understand book is a breath of fresh air. It is a reminder of what is truly important. Singer may not wish to be the guru on the mountaintop but he is a fellow traveler and a guide, found on the beaches of the Cayman Islands. Thank the universe for his trail markings, like Eastern Wisdom for Your Soul.
Divided into sections such as Truth, Change, Ego/Illusion, Compassion, Anger and Resentment and many more, each section begins with a quote by a well known spiritual leader, followed by a meditation, and then tips on how readers can apply this meditation in their lives.
This is the type of book that can be read over and over again and shared with family members or friends who might benefit from the knowledge. Another winning book from Richard, with many more to come I hope.
Richard is a featured author on the spirituality site Soulscode.com. Please visit the site to read more of his work.
The first attribute of this fine book is the simplicity of approach Singer uses. He has gathered 111 meditations from wide sources (the Dalai Lama, Buddha, Gandhi, Lao Tzu, Sufi and Zen sayings, etc) and uses these memorable brief statements to initiate a meditation, the goal of which is to bring the reader into contact with the only reality that exists: the present moment. The manner in which he manages to move even the most cynical reader is the delicate yet straightforward use of quotation, then thought, then Meditation, then thought, then Real Life Application. Using this simple (yet profound) formula Singer leads the reader through the paths of Mindfulness, Truth, Change, Ego/Illusion, Our True Nature, Unity/Oneness, Simplicity, Compassion, Anger and Resentment, Death, and ultimately Enlightenment. And he makes the journey gentle, asking only that the pages of entry in this book be absorbed slowly, using the mind clearing meditative state to come into a place where we understand our place in the oneness of the Universe.
Not that any of this information is new: it represents centuries of Eastern tradition and wisdom. Yet Singer somehow makes it all feel accessible, allowing each reader to grow at a pace most conducive to personal lives. Growing (and the is what the process certainly promises) becomes natural, as natural as waking up after a life nap of misconceptions. This is as valuable a source of learning Eastern wisdom as you will find. Grady Harp, February 08