Hope Leans Forward: Braving Your Way toward Simplicity, Awakening, and Peace

Hope Leans Forward: Braving Your Way toward Simplicity, Awakening, and Peace

by Valerie Brown
Hope Leans Forward: Braving Your Way toward Simplicity, Awakening, and Peace

Hope Leans Forward: Braving Your Way toward Simplicity, Awakening, and Peace

by Valerie Brown


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Find spiritual insight for developing courage and meeting life's broken-open, pulled-apart times for anyone seeking hope.

Daily we are asked to move toward bravery, to stretch in the direction of goodness, kindness, forgiveness, patience, and vulnerability. Yet life's tender fragility, fear, anxiety, and our own practiced self-sabotage can derail us from growing and thriving, leaving us fractured and afraid.

Ordained Buddhist teacher and Quaker Valerie Brown invites us into the heart of compassion, insight, and courage. Filled with Quaker wisdom, mindfulness meditation practices, and portraits of real people living out simple yet life-affirming bravery, Hope Leans Forward is a guidebook for all of us who are on journeys of self-transformation, self-discovery, and spiritual discernment. Centering small, everyday acts of bravery with diverse stories from marginalized communities, Brown's unique perspective as a Black Buddhist Dharma teacher in the Plum Village tradition and her extensive leadership experience shepherd us in navigating life's essential questions to discover true aliveness and meaning. When we focus on cultivating clarity and discernment in our purpose, we begin to understand that we are truly connected to—and that we contribute to—a larger whole.

Written through a period of profound personal loss and in the urgency of the Black Lives Matter movement, Brown's spiritual insight and life- and spirit-tested wisdom offers a new source for anyone seeking hope, and seeking to alleviate suffering within ourselves and our communities.

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ISBN-13: 9781506478371
Publisher: 1517 Media
Publication date: 11/08/2022
Pages: 275
Sales rank: 175,229
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Valerie Brown a Buddhist-Quaker Dharma teacher, facilitator, and executive coach. A former lawyer and lobbyist, she is co-director of Georgetown's Institute for Transformational Leadership as well as founder and chief mindfulness officer of Lead Smart Coaching. She is an ordained Buddhist Dharma teacher in the Plum Village tradition, founded by Thich Nhat Hanh, and is a certified Kundalini yoga teacher. In her leadership development and mindfulness practice, she focuses on diversity, social equity, and inclusion. Brown is an award-winning author whose books include The Road That Teaches and The Mindful School Leader with Kirsten Olsen. She holds a juris doctor from Howard University School of Law, a master of arts from Miami University (Ohio), and a bachelor of arts from City University of New York. Brown tends a lively perennial home garden in New Hope, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Calling the Soul, the True Self, and the Deepest Longing 29

Seven Factors of Awakening: The First Factor, Mindfulness 51

Real Voices, Real Courage: eli tizcareño 52

Mindfulness Practice: Mindful Breathing 58

Queries 62

Chapter 2 Daring to Listen to the Inner Voice, the Small Holy 63

Seven Factors of Awakening: The Second Factor, Investigation 84

Real Voices, Real Courage: LoAn Nguyen 85

Mindfulness Practice: Deep Listening 92

Queries 95

Chapter 3 When Life Breaks You Open: Practice and Growth 97

Seven Factors of Awakening: The Third Factor, Energy 104

Real Voices, Real Courage: George Lakey 105

Mindfulness Practice: Handling Strong Emotions 112

Queries 114

Chapter 4 Trusting True Self: Taking the Risk to Blossom 115

Seven Factors of Awakening: The Fourth Factor, Joy 128

Real Voices, Real Courage: Susan Cross 130

Mindfulness Practice: Cultivating Joy 136

Queries 137

Chapter 5 Cultivating Wholeness: The Body as Grounded Wisdom 139

Seven Factors of Awakening: The Fifth Factor, Tranquility 153

Real Voices, Real Courage: Brian Braganza 153

Mindfulness Practice: The Body Scan 162

Queries 165

Chapter 6 Deepening Connections: Journeying with Community, Mentors, and Friends 167

Seven Factors of Awakening: The Sixth Factor, Concentration 184

Real Voices, Real Courage: Francisco Burgos 186

Mindfulness Practice: Beginning Anew 194

Queries 196

Chapter 7 Living Your Genuine: Truth Telling to Embrace the True Self 197

Seven Factors of Awakening: The Seventh Factor, Equanimity 219

Real Voices, Real Courage: Fanny Brewster 220

Mindfulness Practice: Touching the Earth 228

Queries 229

Chapter 8 Bravely Home: Boundless Joy (Well, Maybe Basic Okayness) on the Way Back to You 231

Real Voices, Real Courage: liana Kaufman 247

Mindfulness Practice: Mindful Walking 256

Queries 258

Afterword 261

Acknowledgments 263

Notes 267

About the Author 273

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