The Four Virtues: Presence, Heart, Wisdom, Creation

The Four Virtues: Presence, Heart, Wisdom, Creation

by Tobin Hart Ph.D.
The Four Virtues: Presence, Heart, Wisdom, Creation

The Four Virtues: Presence, Heart, Wisdom, Creation

by Tobin Hart Ph.D.


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Find meaning, wholeness, and spiritual depth with this field guide to the inner life that explores and integrates four essential virtues: Presence, Heart, Wisdom, and Creation.

In a world with greater knowledge, more advanced technology, and more groundbreaking innovation than ever at our fingertips, we are still looking to find our way. We are still searching for that essential insight on how to lead a really good life.

By drawing from across tradition and time, from neuroscience to ancient wisdom, Tobin Hart reveals that we all possess four essential virtues—Presence, Heart, Wisdom, Creation—that help us to build, balance, and integrate our psychological and spiritual life on earth. While these virtues may be universal, the way they live in each of us is unique. With the Spiritual Assessment Matrix (SAM) and expert practices and tools, this highly accessible, thought-provoking guide shows us how to grow and activate these powers from the inside out. When in balance, these four virtues serve as a field guide to the inner life, bringing you heart and wisdom as well as helping you recognize beauty, rekindle awe, and find your own voice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582704470
Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Tobin Hart, PhD, is a professor, psychologist, speaker, and the author of The Secret Spiritual World of Children. He has spent more than thirty years as a researcher and ally helping students, clients, and patients integrate their psychological and spiritual lives. He serves as a professor of psychology at the University of West Georgia, as well as the president and cofounder of the ChildSpirit Institute.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

Introduction xxi

Part I Presence

1 The Beautiful 3

2 Sensing 15

3 Focusing 33

4 Witnessing 47

5 Opening 61

Part II Heart

6 The Good 81

7 Compassion 93

8 Empathizing 109

9 Feeling 127

10 Connecting 145

Part III Wisdom

11 The True 165

12 Possibility 177

13 Guidance 193

14 Clarifying 207

15 Discerning 225

Part IV Creation

16 Voice 245

17 Will and Willingness 255

18 Originality 273

19 Imagining 291

20 Calling 307

Last Words 325

Acknowledgments 329

Index: Quizzes and Practices 331

Notes 333

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