Her guided meditations will teach you to cultivate and sustain compassion for the blameless, for those who cause suffering, for those whom you love, and for yourself. Do you turn away from your own physical and emotional pain? do you withhold empathy or give yourself away when witnessing another’s pain? Do you lash out or withdraw when you feel that someone has harmed you? Is it possible to learn to respond to rather than react against what feels unbearable? Drawing on her experience as a Buddhist practitioner and teacher, Christina Feldman asserts that it is possible, time and again, but only if we turn, which she describes as the "innate, toward compassion, natural condition of our hearts.
She says, "you do not need to be a saint to find the grace and transformative power of compassion; you need only to be willing to pay attention to pain and its cause and to commit yourself to its end. She offers techniques for developing the capacity to hold adversity, loss, and pain—with love.
Boundless Heart: The Buddha's Path of Kindness, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity
Compassion, kindness, equanimity, and joy are not only the fruits of the awakened life but also the path to it: attitudes of mind that can be cultivated by anyone willing to set the intention for doing so. Christina feldman shows how these ennobling qualities—known in Buddhism as the brahma viharas sublime abodes or the Four Immeasurables—are far more than simply the “feel-good” states they are sometimes mistaken for.
. If we pursue them sincerely as spiritual practice, they work together, complementing and enhancing each other, to lead us to the kind of awakening that we are compelled to share with others. Thus through the practice of the brahma viharas we can become participants in the healing and liberation of our world.
A course in the buddhist practice of the brahma viharas, or "heavenly abodes. Detailed instructions from the Buddhist tradition in cultivating mindfulness presented by a prominent Insight Meditation teacher.
The Buddhist Path to Simplicity: Spiritual Practice in Everyday Life
If we simply turn our attention to this moment, mystery, it will speak to us of wonder, harmony and peace. In this inspirational book, internationally renowned Buddhist teacher Christina Feldman shows you how to find harmony and balance by applying ancient Buddhist Wisdom to the here and now. The path of conscious simplicity she suggests allows us to fully recover ourselves, by rediscovering our sense of meaning and wonder.
As a mother, a layperson and an internationally renowned teacher, Feldman knows the stresses and strains of modern life. Moments of peace and stillness give us a glimpse of how extraordinary our lives can be, but it is easy to lose sight of this in the hectic pace of modern living. She demonstrates that there is no better moment in which to awaken and discover everything our heart longs for than this very moment.
The path to peace, she suggests, is not necessarily complex or arduous. In this book she shows how to harmonize and achieve balance and how to apply Buddhist wisdom to the here and now. She addresses subjects of compassion, speech, effort, intention, mindfulness and awakening.
Boundless Compassion: Creating a Way of Life
It will help you build on relational skills, gain wisdom for incorporating loss and suffering into your active life, learn self-care, and find ways to show compassion at work. You will be encouraged to explore personal and professional expressions of compassion, and to re-energize your ability to offer loving kindness to those around you.
. Based on the format and theme of rupp’s bestselling books like Open the Door and her popular workshops conducted by the Center of Compassionate Presence, understanding, giving you wisdom, confidence, Boundless Compassion has the power to transform your life, and inspiration to be a more caring presence.
By the book's end, you will feel prepared to live with a renewed commitment to a compassionate presence for yourself and those who are in the midst of pain, struggle, and transition. With master teacher Joyce Rupp, you will learn to develop compassion as never before. Named one of the top 50 spirituality Books of 2018 by Spirituality & Practice.
Through this six-week personal transformation process for developing and deepening compassion, Rupp nudges, encourages, and inspires you to grow in the kind of love that motivated Jesus’ life and mission for his disciples. Rupp has felt the call to walk with others in their suffering since she was a young member of the Servants of Mary, whose charism is compassion.
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Mindfulness: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology
Readers are guided to consider mindfulness not only conceptually, but also experientially, through their own journey of mindfulness practice. . The authors explore mindfulness from its roots in Buddhist psychology to its role in contemporary psychological science. How does mindfulness promote psychological well-being? what are its core mechanisms? What value do contemplative practices add to approaches that are already effective? From leading meditation teacher Christina Feldman and distinguished psychologist Willem Kuyken, this book provides a uniquely integrative perspective on mindfulness and its applications.
In-depth case examples illustrate how and why mindfulness training can help people move from distress and suffering to resilience and flourishing.
Prayers of Boundless Compassion
Bestselling and award-winning author and retreat leader Joyce Rupp gives you the words to develop compassion in yourself as never before and to reenergize your ability to offer loving kindness to those around you. Compassion can change a heart, change a life, change a world. But we have to learn how to be compassionate and Joyce Rupp—codirector of the Servite Center of Compassionate Presence—can guide us.
Compassion was the center of Jesus' ministry and his mission for his disciples—and for us. To be used alone or as a helpful companion to Rupp's Boundless Compassion book and program, this collection of prayers will inspire anyone to change the world. Forty original prayers, welcoming ourselves, from hostility to hospitality, a thousand unbreakable links, the river of suffering, blessings, and meditations by Rupp will help us practice themes of compassion: as a way of life, and compassionate presence.
Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening
The mind contains the seeds of its own awakening—seeds that we can cultivate to bring forth the fruits of a life lived consciously. With mindfulness, joseph goldstein shares the wisdom of his four decades of teaching and practice in a book that will serve as a lifelong companion for anyone committed to mindful living and the realization of inner freedom.
Goldstein's source teaching is the satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha's legendary discourse on the four foundations of mindfulness that became the basis for the many types of Vipassana or insight meditation found today. In mindfulness you have the tools to mine these riches for yourself. Exquisite in detail yet wholly accessible and relevant for the modern student, and much more"there is a wealth of meaning and nuance in the experience of mindfulness that can enrich our lives in unimagined ways, the Six Sense Spheres, and concentration—how to develop these four qualities of mind essential for walking the path wiselyThe Satipatthana refrain—how deeply contemplating the four foundations of mindfulness opens us to bare knowing and continuity of mindfulnessMindfulness of the body, postures, Mindfulness takes us through a profound study of:Ardency, mindfulness, and physical characteristicsMindfulness of feelings—how the experience of our sense perceptions influences our inner and outer worldsMindfulness of mind—learning to recognize skillful and unskillful states of mind and thoughtMindfulness of dhammas or categories of experience, clear knowing, including the Five Hindrances, including the breath, the Seven Factors of Awakening, activities, " writes Goldstein.
The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path
With a touch of imagination, it can be. Imagination helps us see what’s hidden, and it shape-shifts reality’s roiling twisting waves. In this inspiring reframe of a classic buddhist teaching, meditation, ethical conduct, or “six perfections”—generosity, Zen teacher Norman Fischer writes that the paramitas, joyful effort, patience, and understanding—can help us reconfigure the world we live in.
An imaginative approach to spiritual practice in difficult times, through the Buddhist teaching of the six paramitas or "perfections"--qualities that lead to kindness, wisdom, and an awakened life. In frightening times, we wish the world could be otherwise. Ranging from our everyday concerns about relationships, ethics, and consumption to our artistic inspirations and broadest human yearnings, Fischer depicts imaginative spiritual practice as a necessary resource for our troubled times.
Welcoming the Unwelcome: Wholehearted Living in a Brokenhearted World
In her first new book of spiritual teachings in over seven years, Pema Chödrön offers a combination of wisdom, heartfelt reflections, and the signature mix of humor and insight that have made her a beloved figure to turn to during times of change. From the bestselling author of when things Fall Apart, compassion, an open-hearted call for human connection, and learning to love the world just as it is during these most challenging times.
Sharing never-before told personal stories from her remarkable life, and directly relatable advice, simple and powerful everyday practices, Pema encourages us all to become triumphant bodhisattvas--compassionate beings--in times of hardship. Welcoming the unwelcome includes teachings on the true meaning of karma, transforming adversity into opportunities for growth, recognizing the basic goodness in ourselves and the people we share our lives with--even the most challenging ones, and freeing ourselves from the empty and illusory labels that separate us.
In an increasingly polarized world, even when we disagree, Pema shows us how to strengthen our abilities to find common ground, and influence our environment in positive ways. Pema also provides step-by-step guides to a basic sitting meditation and a compassion meditation that anyone can use to bring light to the darkness we face, wherever and whatever it may be.
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions
See also the mindful self-compassion workbook, which provides step-by-step guidance for building mindful self-compassion skills and applying them to specific life challenges, by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program, by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff for professionals.
Buck up. Stop feeling sorry for yourself. Don’t ruin everything. When you are anxious, we accepted them? over his decades of experience as a therapist and mindfulness meditation practitioner, instead of fighting difficult emotions, or lonely, sad, do you hear this self-critical voice? What would happen if, angry, Dr.
Association for behavioral and Cognitive Therapies ABCT Self-Help Book of Merit. Free audio downloads of the meditation exercises are available at the author's website: www. Chrisgermer. Com. Christopher germer has learned a paradoxical lesson: We all want to avoid pain, but letting it in--and responding compassionately to our own imperfections, without judgment or self-blame--are essential steps on the path to healing.
This wise and eloquent book illuminates the power of self-compassion and offers creative, scientifically grounded strategies for putting it into action.
Aging for Beginners
Aging can be seen as a new phase of our life: a phase of renewal. We all grow old. The result, regardless of whatever physical limitations we may be experiencing, is the possibility of cultivating and living increasingly from kindness and gratitude—two of the essential qualities of a life of satisfaction and equanimity.
And although the fact that we are in new territory can certainly contribute to the difficulties in dealing with getting older, it can also have a very positive side. With techniques that are both simple and richly unfolded, this book will help readers: • learn the subtle art of being with pain • uncover the fears that amplify suffering • tap into the true sources of meaningfulness and joy Winner of the Spirituality & Practice Best Book Award in 2019.
This book teaches us how to take advantage of a new phase of life: a phase of renewal and inner exploration. We’re all beginners when it comes to aging. Nowhere is this more evident than in our opportunity to devote more time to reflection and inner exploration.