Bring your everyday life into alignment with your aspirational values through Mussar, a thousand-year-old Jewish practice of spiritual growth based on mindful living. Perfect for anyone, regardless of age or experience, this comprehensive book presents thirteen soul traitsranging from humility and gratitude to trust and honorand the simple daily actions you can take to develop them.
Drawing on universal principles and providing grounded instruction, The Spiritual Practice of Good Actions helps you explore soul traits through daily techniques and exercises, including mantras, mindful observation, and journaling. Nurture your spirit with inspiring stories and build a soul trait profile to better understand yourself. By dedicating two weeks of practice to each trait, you'll see major changes in how you approach the world and feel empowered to be your best self.
"The Spiritual Practice of Good Actions opens wide the doors to a traditional Jewish spiritual practice that has the power to transform your life."Alan Morinis, Dean, The Mussar Institute and author of Everyday Holiness
"Weaving ancient wisdom with twenty-first-century circumstances, Greg Marcus beautifully presents how the teachings of Mussar can bring you a deeper sense of purpose and a better life."Tiffany Shlain, Emmy-nominated filmmaker and creator of The Making of a Mensch
|Publisher:||Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Greg Marcus, PhD (San Francisco, CA) is a practitioner, facilitator, and innovator of American Mussar, a 21st century spiritual practice for an authentic and meaningful life. He earned a BA in Biology from Cornell University, and earned his PhD in biology from MIT. Visit him online atwww.AmericanMussar.com.
Table of Contents
Contents Introduction: 1 Part 1: A Glimpse of the Inner World 15 1. Meet Your Soul 17 2. A Soul Self-Evaluation 23 3. Four Assumptions About the Soul 31 4. From Assumptions to Action 37 Part 2: Balancing the Inner World 475. Humility 49 6. Patience 67 7. Enthusiasm 77 8. Trust 89 9. Loving-Kindness 101 10. Truth 113 11. Honor 127 12. Gratitude 137 13. Order 149 14. Silence 161 15. Equanimity 173 16. Fear of Consequences 187 17. Awe of Majesty 197 Conclusion: Continue Taking Action 215 Acknowledgments 221 Appendix I: Mussar Overview 225 Appendix II: English to Hebrew Terms 229 Bibliography 231 Index 239