The Gentle Art of Blessing: A Simple Practice That Will Transform You and Your World

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How can a blessing change the world? According to Pierre Pradervand, making the conscious choice to bless every person or being around you can truly make a world of difference in yourself and in others around you. In The Gentle Art of Blessing, Pradervand shows that the practice of blessing has the power to create more than just a renewed perspective. It unleashes tangible benefits throughout your entire life — through your daily interactions, your life-long relationships, and ...

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Overview

How can a blessing change the world? According to Pierre Pradervand, making the conscious choice to bless every person or being around you can truly make a world of difference in yourself and in others around you. In The Gentle Art of Blessing, Pradervand shows that the practice of blessing has the power to create more than just a renewed perspective. It unleashes tangible benefits throughout your entire life — through your daily interactions, your life-long relationships, and in the way your approach your place in the world.

Pradervand describes blessing as genuinely wishing the best for another person through seeing their individual worth and honoring them for it. By looking at several different perspectives — providing spiritual inspiration from Hinduism, Taoism, the Koran, the Bible, and other important spiritual sources — The Gentle Art of Blessing explores the potential in shifting one's attitude from confrontation and negativity to acceptance and enthusiasm. A powerfully simple way of perceiving and shaping our surroundings, blessings can reflect the unconditional love and acceptance that is necessary for world — and inner — peace.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
There are no words to express the enjoyment and renewal that I received in reading this book. It belongs in everyone's library.
—Gerald G. Jampolsky, MD, author of Love is Letting Go of Fear

This is a book I can highly recommend. It is a book of silent action. It is something we can all do, and do it all the time, when we remember. So often we have to be reminded, and this book can remind us.
—Eileen Caddy, author of Opening Doors Within

This is a simple, democratic, grassroots spiritual practice that gradually brings more love into the life of the person who practices it and into the world. The Gentle Art of Blessing is an antidote for resentments and an invitation to become a bigger soul.
—Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, Jungian analyst and author of Goddesses in Everywoman and Urgent Message from Mother

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582702421
  • Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words
  • Publication date: 11/10/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 261,832
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Pierre Pradervand has worked for decades in personal development social justice. His impressive career includes work on nearly every continent, and as a speaker and workshop facilitator, Pierre is often gives talks on the topic of how to live differently. In his workshops, he provides personal development tools that empower everyone to find and strengthen their internal anchors.

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Table of Contents

A Note from the Publisher ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

1 How It All Started 1

2 A History of Blessing 17

3 A Universe of Spiritual Laws 25

4 The Law of Positive Expectations 35

5 The Law of Right Returns 41

6 The Golden Rule 61

7 The Law of Unconditional Love 77

8 The Law of Universal Harmony 89

9 The Deeper Meaning of the Art of Blessing 103

10 A New Way of Seeing and Believing 109

11 Seeing the Hidden Good 123

12 Don't Forget to Bless Yourself 129

13 Blessing as a Spiritual Path 147

Blessings for Everyday Life 163

Epilogue: Blessing-A Practice That Heals 179

Letters and Emails 187

Suggested Reading 199

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

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    Live a Blessed Life

    "The Gentle Art of Blessing" is an exceptionally uplifting and inspirational book, written by a man who shares his personal discovery of the power of blessing everyone... friends, family, strangers and enemies alike. Author Pierre Pradervand asserts that the most important component of blessing is sincerely wishing well for others, from one's heart... which means that blessings can take many forms, including: hugs, tone of voice, a kind word, a friendly glance. The concept here is simple; by constantly living in a blessed state of mind, you will be truly blessed.

    Blessing is not so much an action as it is a way to hold oneself in relation to All That Is, and thanks to the particularly transcendent nature of maintaining such a blessed state of consciousness, it is possible to attain great happiness and an ability to rise above problems and conflict. Pradervand encourages us to not just take his word for it, but to go ahead and bless everyone and everything around us, as he assures us that blessings unleash amazing benefits throughout our entire lives.

    But what about those times when things go wrong, or someone treats us unfairly or cruelly? Blessing need not be something we do only at times when we are already feeling happy and at peace in the world. On one pivotal occasion, Pradervand describes being treated unfairly by his employers... and rather than taking a stance of opposition or victimhood, he chose the path of blessing those who had malicious intent toward his continued employment. Pradervand describes another especially shocking incident in his life when he was punched in the face unexpectedly by a stranger, and his immediate response of going into a blessing state of mind served to help him heal remarkably fast to the point that a few hours later his wife did not notice anything amiss with his appearance.

    From a strictly logical point of view, it is obvious that someone focused on sending love and good wishes to everyone around them will be transformed by this experience to the point that others will find them much more enjoyable to be around. This means that while there may be no immediate reward in wishing others well from those who are behaving antagonistically, there will be rewards pouring in from many other directions.

    I particularly love the way "The Gentle of Art of Blessing" describes the way we can change the past by transforming our consciousness about the past. The key to success here is that we can recognize when we are the ones carrying a grudge or judgement around... and that we can make a choice to move into a state of blessing in relation to others, rather than holding onto judgement.

    I highly recommend "The Gentle Art of Blessing" to everyone with an open mind who is ready to experience how it feels to live with a heart fully open to love. This book can change your life!

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