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Morning Meditations: Daily Meditations for Spiritual Humanists Spiral-bound – July 1, 1999
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Barbara Kopitz has given us a great gift. She has created a work of inspiration from which we can carve our signature style of application. It is a rare work that can be universal and unique at the same time. This book of meditations accomplishes both. ---- Dr. Sonya Friedman, Psychologist and Author, Former Host of CNN "Sonya Live"
"Humanistic Judaism needs moments of reflection and words of inspiration to make those moments meaningful and significant. Barbara Kopitz has provided in this book, an opportunity for us to reflect humanistically on our lives and on the world we live in. The happy combination of her sensitive prose and the profound insights of the Jewish writers enable the reader to follow a daily routine of important self-reflection. Open your hearts and minds to the thoughts and feelings which grace this book." --Rabbi Sherwin Wine, Founder of Humanistic Judaism
About the Author
Barbara Kopitz is from Metro Detroit and has a Bachelor of Philosophy and a Master of Arts Degree from Wayne State University. She is a graduate of the Leadership Training Program of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism in Farmington Hills, MI. She is an original member of the Birmingham Temple for Humanistic Judaism, founded by Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine in 1963. As an ordained Madrikha (Leader) she performs life-cycle ceremonies and provides philosophic guidance.
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Fortunately for us, Barbara did not stay unaffilited for long. She became actively involved in a burgeoning new congregation of Secular Humanistic Jews in Birmingham, Michigan, founded by Rabbi Sherwin Wine in 1963. Thirty-five years later, she is still an active member and a leader in the growing worldwide Movement.
Barbara's new book, "Daily Meditations for Spiritual Humanists" is a beautifully written manual-a contribution to inspirational literature in general, and a significant addition to the philosophy and teaching of Humanism, specifically. The book's 31 readings and affirmations (one for each day of the month) gently guide us towards living a life of meaning and purpose. Barbara believes we can elevate ourselves to become better people-but we have to work on it-always. With Barbara's inspired words and easy-to-use book, she has given us a great gift as we try to make our way, day by day, towards a more principled and thoughtful life.
As author and psychologist Sonya Friedman says, "It is a rare work that can be universal and unique at the same time." But Barbara's body of meditations accomplishes both. While it guides us on a righteous path nestled on the foundatins of Humanism, it also addresses the universal desire all people of all religions for a world based on peace, love and compassion for others.
Barbara's way to achieve such a world, and the way of Humanists in general, is based on self-determination, not divine inspiration or direction.
Reason, empirical evidence and consequences of behavior are the basis for the moral and ethical values embedded in her work. she believes people usually turn to God and traditional religions when they thirst for high moral and ethical guidelines in their lives. But while religion and values have long been enmeshed, she says, traditional religion doesn't have to be our only source for enlightenment. Nor does a higher power have to be our only source for direction.
Throughout her book, Barbara provides us with a call-to-action and thought, inspired by Jewish history and culture. But readers from all religions and denominatins could benefit from Barbara's book, because she gives us all the opportunity to carve out our own signature style of application. For instance, in a meditation on Self-Esteem, she concludes with the affirmation: "I will be especially kind to others today. Lovingkindness is good for everyone, even me." In a section called Peace, she says "Reflecting my desire to promote peace in the world, I strive today for win-win results in my conflicts with others."
"Meditations for Spiritual Humamists" is a beautiful book, inside and out. Not surprisingly, Barbara is an interior designer in her working life, trying to bring beauty, peace and order into her client's homes. It's obvious from reading her book, she hopes to do the same for us, albeit in a different way.
Barbara Kopitz's book makes a perfect gift for friends and family. Better yet, treat yourself. Starting the day by reading one of Barbara's meditations gives us a glorious moment of pause, and the opportunity to constantly renew our life's journey with heart.
To me, "Morning Meditations" is exciting! A shot in the arm to start the day, to put a smile in my heart, to straighten my posture and to greet each day with joy.
With unbound respect, I do differ with you. Your daily reflections far exceed the endorphine rush from chocolates, not to fail to mention the beneficial cosmetics it provides for the face. I now eagerly look forward to each AM's arising with a smile on my face before exiting the bed, your words and the smile rapidly establishing themselves into a 24/7 ritual. In my specific case, when meditative material supplants that first cup of coffee, you know you really have something GOOD going for you.