A Lamp in the Darkness: Illuminating the Path Through Difficult Times

A Lamp in the Darkness: Illuminating the Path Through Difficult Times

by Jack Kornfield, Jon Kabat-Zinn

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A Lamp in the Darkness: Illuminating the Path Through Difficult Times by Jack Kornfield

When the path ahead is dark, how can we keep from stumbling? How do we make our way with courage and dignity? "Inside each of us is an eternal light that I call 'the One Who Knows,'" writes Jack Kornfield. "Awakening to this wisdom can help us find our way through pain and suffering with grace and tenderness." For anyone seeking answers during a time of trial, he offers A Lamp in the Darkness, a book-and-CD program filled with spiritual and psychological insights, hope-giving stories, and special guided meditations for skillfully navigating life's inevitable storms. The Enhanced Ebook Edition contains 8 guided-audio meditation practices. The practices in this book are not positive thinking, quick fixes, or simplistic self-help strategies. They are powerful tools for doing "the work of the soul" to access our inner knowing and to embrace the fullness of our life experience. With regular practice, these teachings and meditations enable you to transform your difficulties into a guiding light for the journey ahead. Join Jack Kornfield as your trusted guide and friend as you explore: Shared Compassion—a guided practice for planting the seeds of compassion and opening the heart to all that life bringsThe Earth Is My Witness—a meditation to establish firm footing in the midst of darkness, centered by a steady witnessing presenceThe Practice of Forgiveness—what Kornfield calls "the only medicine that can release us from the past and allow us to truly begin anew"The Temple of Healing—a guided visualization to meet your own inner healerEquanimity and Peace—a meditation for maintaining balance and acceptance regardless of the situation Just as it is certain that each life will include suffering, explains Kornfield, it is also true that in every moment there is the possibility of transcending your difficulties to discover the heart's eternal freedom. With A Lamp in the Darkness, he offers you a beacon for yourself and others until joy returns again. Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

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ISBN-13: 9781622034215
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 120
Sales rank: 268,702
File size: 114 MB
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About the Author

Jack Kornfield, PhD, trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma, and India, and has taught worldwide since 1974. He is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society and of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and his books have sold over 1 million copies. He lives in northern California. See jackkornfield.com.

Table of Contents

Foreword Jon Kabat-Zinn ix

Introduction: An Invitation to Awaken 1

1 The Wisdom of Our Difficulties 3

2 The Earth Is My Witness 13

3 Shared Compassion 21

4 Awakening the Buddha of Wisdom in Difficulties 29

5 The Practice of Forgiveness 35

6 The Temple of Healing 43

7 The Zen of an Aching Heart 49

8 Equanimity and Peace 55

9 Your Highest Intention 63

10 The Four Foundations of Mindfulness and the Healing Journey 69

Afterword: The Return of Joy 95

Acknowledgments 99

Notes 101

About the Author 103

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fortchicago More than 1 year ago
Like everything Jack Kornfield touches this book is a beautiful testament to his time-honored wisdom, a testament that helps us forge our way through the darkness of our lives. I use the book to help me fight insomnia because its message is so soothing, so relaxing, i can get back to sleep knowing that the demons are at bay.