Ordinary Magic

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Spiritual practice and meditation are often thought of as being the province of priests, monks, and nuns—those few individuals who have returned from the preoccupations of day-to-day life. This inspiring book reveals how the simple practice of mindfulness can be a magical and transformative part of anyone's daily life. Thirty-five wide-ranging essays written by well-known spiritual teachers, therapists, and creative artists show how learning to focus awareness can bring a new richness to ordinary activities; how ...

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Overview

Spiritual practice and meditation are often thought of as being the province of priests, monks, and nuns—those few individuals who have returned from the preoccupations of day-to-day life. This inspiring book reveals how the simple practice of mindfulness can be a magical and transformative part of anyone's daily life. Thirty-five wide-ranging essays written by well-known spiritual teachers, therapists, and creative artists show how learning to focus awareness can bring a new richness to ordinary activities; how mindfulness can heighten creative pursuits such as painting, journal writing, or playing music; how contemplative awareness enhances both physical and psychological well-being; and how meditation can contribute to better relationships with family, community, and the world at large.

An inspiring collection of essays written by well-known spiritual teachers, psychotherapists, and creative artists. Thich Nhat Hanh, Ram Dass, J. Krishnamurti, Allen Ginsberg, Natalie Goldberg, and others show how the practice of mindfulness can be a magical and enriching part of everyday, ordinary life.

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"Well conceived and well written . . . an amazing compilation of answers."— Spiritual Frontiers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877735977
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 403,530
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. 1 Everyday Meditation
Introduction 3
1 Sunshine and Green Leaves 9
2 Everyday Life as Practice 24
3 Earth and Space 29
4 This Very Moment 33
5 Not Preferring Samsara or Nirvana 42
6 Seeing without the Observer 50
7 Are You Here? 59
Pt. 2 Creativity, Work, and Fresh Perception
Introduction 69
8 The Way of Seeing 77
9 Writing Fearlessly 90
10 Meditation and Poetics 99
11 Just Being at the Piano 108
12 Coming Home to the Body 111
13 Zen Archery 115
14 The Art of Sword 129
15 Driving Meditation 133
16 The Work of Craft 142
17 Working for a Living 147
Pt. 3 Healing and Well-Being
Introduction 155
18 The Healing Power of Unconditional Presence 159
19 Touch and Go 171
20 The Listening Mind 180
21 On Being Unable to Breathe 195
22 Conscious Eating 207
23 Being with Anger 214
Pt. 4 Community
Introduction 225
24 Being Peace 235
25 Personal Disarmament 250
26 The Greening of the Self 262
27 The Path of Service 274
28 Mindful Social Action 284
29 The Power of Peace 291
30 Nowness and Enlightened Society 293
31 Intimate Relationship as a Practice and a Path 298
32 Contemplation and Intimacy 308
33 Family Life and Spiritual Practice 314
34 Working with Dying People 319
35 Facing Death 325
Acknowledgments 331
About the Contributors 335
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