The Great Heart Way: How To Heal Your Life and Find Self-Fulfillment [NOOK Book]


Self-compassion. Positive social relations. An enduring sense of freedom and peace.

They're essential parts of our everyday lives, or should be. But each of us struggles with difficult emotions and mental blockages: we might lash out when we should know better, or regress in negatively familiar situations, or struggle with our confidence. These types of problematic reactions...
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The Great Heart Way: How To Heal Your Life and Find Self-Fulfillment

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Self-compassion. Positive social relations. An enduring sense of freedom and peace.

They're essential parts of our everyday lives, or should be. But each of us struggles with difficult emotions and mental blockages: we might lash out when we should know better, or regress in negatively familiar situations, or struggle with our confidence. These types of problematic reactions occur--and recur--when we're unkind to and negligent of our inner selves.

The Great Heart Way offers us all a way to heal inner wounds and transform our difficult emotions. Anyone can try it, and everyone should.

Using clear language and personal anecdotes, The Great Heart Way shows how to follow the Great Heart Method, an efficacious program for healing and self-fulfillment. The Method is easily incorporated into busy schedules (it can take less than 30 minutes per day), and is accessible to all, regardless of spiritual background.

The Great Heart Way gives readers the tools to safely work through uncovered emotional pain and establish a healthier, happier and well-balanced way of thinking.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Zen meets self-help: the two authors, both Zen Buddhist teachers, present an adjunct technique to meditation that offers therapeutic benefits. Their "Great Heart Way" combines meditation, introspection and journaling to uncover hidden roots of psychological problems and resolve the issues. The book is structured to be helpful, with how-to appendixes. The result is uneven, telegraphed perhaps by the misleading subtitle that doesn't sound much like Buddhism, although Buddhism is the book's strength. The heart-mind connection the book champions is solid Buddhist teaching, and the meditation approach is convincing because it is rooted in a deep base of Eastern wisdom. The authors offer a fresh and creative application of Zen that can benefit people who are psychologically stuck. The psychology framework they depend on is less persuasive, drawn from a particular school of understanding the mind-bioenergetics-and concomitant therapy. A little more science would have tested the authors' observations and strengthened the final text. Still, the personal stories sprinkled throughout offer some empirical testimony for the method, and any self-help system that cultivates personal discipline and compassion for others is always worth considering. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Jean Smith
"The Great Heart Way is an eminently practical and optimistic approach to self-realization and personal well-being. Practitioners' anecdotes and exercises bring Wick and Perez's method to life in a way that is accessible and inviting."
"This tender, practical, and optimistic guide to personal empowerment helps us to release fixed images of ourselves and even transform negative karma. With personal anecdotes and useful exercises, this is an accessible program for a healthier, happier, and well-balanced way of thinking."
Deborah Bowman
"The Great Heart Way describes how liberation and healing go hand in hand through the practice of paying compassionate attention to what bubbles up from the unconscious and the wounds of our childhood. The authors offer us many illuminating examples, both ancient and modern, of a path offering inner reconciliation and peace."
Bernie Glassman
"Shishin Wick's and Shinko Perez's Great Heart Way shows that the practice to see our true nature includes our feelings, our personalities, and our humanity. This book, the generous fruit of the authors' many years of teaching and practice, is highly persuasive, deeply intelligent, and full of heart."
Anne Seisen Saunders
"An important book that adapts Zen to American culture. I highly recommend this book for all spiritual seekers."
Paul Genki Kahn
"Plain-spoken and profound."
Pat Enkyo O'Hara
"Incisive, important, and without pretence. It is a skillful offering, adaptable by individuals as well teachers and leaders of groups."
Joan Halifax
"The Great Heart Way will help people to resolve deep-seated issues that may not otherwise be accessible through traditional meditation alone."
Wendy Egyoku Nakao
"I find that the Great Heart method skillfully addresses the fundamental issue of practicing with hidden emotional issues. The value of Great Heart is that it lays out a clear method with vivid and compelling evidence of how it works. I wholeheartedly endorse this book."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861718658
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 2/8/2013
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Ilia Shinko Perez is the co-leader, along with Gerry Shishin Wick, of workshop retreats using the Great Heart Method. She lives in Lafayette, Colorado.

Gerry Shishin Wick is a dharma heir of Taizan Maezumi. He studied with both Soto and Rinzai Zen masters (as did Maezumi) and for 20 years his understanding of the koans in the Book of Equanimity was examined by Maezumi. A former professor of physics, oceanography, and, later, Buddhism, Wick is a teacher whose unique qualifications make him a particularly appealing author.
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Table of Contents

Introduction     1
Recovering Creativity and Consciousness     13
The Royal Road to the Unconscious     31
The Heart-Mind Connection     47
Exercises     73
The Ego's Fixed Images of Self     77
Exercises     93
Releasing Fixed Images     95
Exercises     116
Transforming Negative Karma     119
Exercises     142
The Great Heart Practice     145
Summary: Eight Steps on the Great Heart Way     161
Exercises     163
Acknowledgments     173
Notes     175
Bibliography     189
Index     195
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