Here I Am: Using Jewish Spiritual Wisdom to Become More Present, Centered, and Available for Life

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During stressful times, it?s easy to get caught up in feeling anxious, tense, foggy, and overloaded. Here, a popular psychologist shares easy-to-use techniques for managing and rebalancing these emotions and helps you to find your calm, strong center. Dr. Leonard Felder draws from his work with clients over the last thirty years, and incorporates traditional Jewish prayers and blessings that have been used for centuries to refocus the mind. The author has a long history of multi-faith counseling and dialogue and ...
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Overview

During stressful times, it’s easy to get caught up in feeling anxious, tense, foggy, and overloaded. Here, a popular psychologist shares easy-to-use techniques for managing and rebalancing these emotions and helps you to find your calm, strong center. Dr. Leonard Felder draws from his work with clients over the last thirty years, and incorporates traditional Jewish prayers and blessings that have been used for centuries to refocus the mind. The author has a long history of multi-faith counseling and dialogue and has made these stress-management practices resonant with people of all religious backgrounds who are looking for more awareness, clarity, and calmness when faced with stress-related emotions.

In this book you'll learn how to:

   • Regain your equilibrium when you feel pulled in too many directions
   • Outsmart your moody, anxious brain
   • Know when to intervene and when to let go in a situation
   • Respond with wisdom when someone treats you harshly
   • Find inner quiet and peace when you feel agitated
   • And much more

In each chapter, Felder includes examples drawn from his client's experiences and explanations from mind-body psychology and neuroscience to support the effectiveness of this kind of mindfulness practice.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
From almost 30 years of private practice in Los Angeles as a psychologist dealing with thousands of clients, Felder (Seven Prayers That Can Change Your Life) has distilled lessons that he offers in this book. He asserts that individual human problems are largely due to stress and that Jewish spiritual sources offer a way to cope with these challenges, regardless of one’s religious identification or lack thereof. He presents eight “meditation and refocusing techniques” for dealing with stress in the eight chapters of his book, illustrating how to use them with examples drawn from his caseload. Felder deals at length with responding to tragedy and the Jewish spiritual notion that “even this could become for the good.” He cites others on the subject, including the influential rabbi Harold Kushner, and includes his own experience with pain and sadness. Rather unpersuasively, he concludes that “something good” can emerge.Although Felder invites his readers “to debate or respectfully disagree” with his approach, he refers to his techniques as “remedies” that can produce “huge benefits.” His popularity testifies primarily to the pervasiveness of popular psychology with its facile solutions to complex problems rather than to the effectiveness of his methods. (Sept.)
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“This book will help people. Dr. Felder finds useful responses to modern problems in ancient wisdom.”—Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People

“Dr. Leonard Felder has a marvelous talent for illuminating profound wisdom teachings in a way that readers can understand personally and bring into their lives to nurture and deepen their own spiritual practices.”—Rabbi David A. Cooper, author of God Is a Verb  

“I always feel warmly about self-help books that suggest things I’m tempted to try. Leonard Felder’s simple, engaging book on using Jewish spiritual techniques for stress relief falls into that category for me. As a self-help book on stress management for Jews and non-Jews, Felder encourages readers to fill in whatever terms they wish for ‘God’ and ‘soul’ and provides lots of alternatives; but for Jews who are comfortable with these terms, this book offers a double reward—both as a mindful therapeutic practice and as a way of reconnecting to Jewish prayer.”—Reform Judaism magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590308448
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/30/2011
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 502,515
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Leonard Felder, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in West Los Angeles who has written twelve books on personal growth that have sold over one million copies. He leads discussions and workshops throughout the country at both synagogues and churches, and numerous interfaith events. He has also appeared on over 200 radio and television programs, including Oprah, The Today Show, CNN, The CBS Early Show, NBC Nightly News, National Public Radio, Canada AM, and BBC London. 
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Table of Contents

Authors's note ix

Introduction 1

1 A Recentering Method for Any Stressful Moment 9

2 Outsmarting the Anxious, Moody Brain 23

3 Becoming Healthier So You Can Deal with stressful Days 41

4 Discovering When to Intervene and When to Let Go 57

5 Responding with Wisdom When Someone Treats You Harshly 81

6 Being Open to a Hidden Gift in the Most Distressing Moments 99

7 Finding the Quiet, Peaceful Place beneath the Agitation 127

8 Seeing New Possibilities in Each Moment 145

Acknowledgments 159

Notes and Sources 161

About the Author 171

Discussion Guide 173

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2011

    A Must read

    Here I Am. is a carefully crafted guide to help one deal with many of the stressful situations in life. I have used some of the methods Dr. Felder presents personally and in volunteer work counseling seniors. They work! I gained valuable insight into all of the methods and their applicability from the many examples drawn from his own counseling work.
    The writing is very clear and informal.The loving care he takes with us, his audience, with his clients, with others he talks about is beautiful to see/feel and,for me, very inspiring

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2011

    A Must Read

    Here I Am. is a carefully crafted guide to help one deal with many of the stressful situations in life. I have used some of the methods Dr. Felder presents personally and in volunteer work counseling seniors. They work! I gained valuable insight into all of the methods and their applicability from the many examples drawn from his own counseling work.
    The writing is very clear and informal.The loving care he takes with us, his audience, with his clients, with others he talks about is beautiful to see/feel and,for me, very inspiring

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    Finally Ready to Make Some Inner Changes? Here's the Book for You.

    Reading Here I Am by Leonard Felder, Ph.D. felt like coming home. Or seeing the home I have lived in all my life in a new light. Or maybe even re-entering the home I know and love so well only to discover new rooms I never knew existed. And eight rooms at that.

    The book's subtitle -- Using Jewish Spiritual Wisdom to Become More Present, Centered and Available for Life -- says it all. And that's what the coming home is about. Because until this beautiful book came my way, the soul-fortifying concepts of being present, centered, and here now seemed the provenance of Eckhart Tolle, Buddhists, JuBus (Jewish Buddhists), and others whose wisdom came from sources outside my own religious heritage. In his book, Felder offers up eight simple and powerful remedies from Jewish sources that can open doorways to inner peace, stress reduction, gratitude and more. Not just for Jews, but for everyone.
    This is a practical book. It doesn't overwhelm the reader with time- consuming tasks. There's no journaling or checking in with a prayer partner. No 21-day pledges. Just eight simple statements chosen for their power to transform spiritual, physical and emotional distraction into calm.

    The book's title comes directly from the Hebrew Bible. Where are you? God asks Adam. Hineini, Adam replies. Here I am. Felder uses this ancient exchange between God and God's first creation as the model for centering. He guides readers to take a moment, and a breath, and then ask themselves this primal question: "Where are you?" The answer, "Hineini/Here I am," allows space to check in with self. Felder reports that his clients found themselves less anxious, better able to manage difficult people, and re-energized for the tasks at hand in their daily lives.

    From outsmarting the "anxious moody brain" with a blessing of gratitude, to viewing those who intimidate and/or enrage us as potential teachers, to finding a moment of peace by recognizing and connecting with the soul placed within us, Felder's techniques are sensible and accessible. He examines their effectiveness from a scientific perspective as well, drawing on research by neuroscientists, biologists and others who have devoted their careers to the relationship between emotions and physical well-being.

    Will incorporating these techniques into your life take a bit of dedication? Absolutely. This book is not a get-out-of-angst-free card. But each technique is simple to follow and adaptable to any spiritual/emotional comfort level. I am grateful to Leonard Felder for bringing into the spiritual marketplace wisdom from Jewish tradition that will guide the harried among us back to a place of peace, health, gratitude and confidence.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    Powerful

    Dealing with stress situations and people has often put me in a non-constructive emotional state and injured my physical health. Dr. Felder's book, written in comfortable and loving style, draws upon a few aspects of Jewish wisdom couched in contemporary terms. It is amazing how much more centered I have become utilizing the approach developed in this book.

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