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Ordinary Magic - John Welwood

Paperback Published: 1st September 1992
ISBN: 9780877735977
Number Of Pages: 368

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Spiritual practice and meditation are often thought of as being the province of priests, monks, and nuns--those few individuals who have returned from the preoccupations of day-to-day life. This inspiring book reveals how the simple practice of mindfulness can be a magical and transformative part of anyone's daily life. Thirty-five wide-ranging essays written by well-known spiritual teachers, therapists, and creative artists show how learning to focus awareness can bring a new richness to ordinary activities; how mindfulness can heighten creative pursuits such as painting, journal writing, or playing music; how contemplative awareness enhances both physical and psychological well-being; and how meditation can contribute to better relationships with family, community, and the world at large.

"Well conceived and well written . . . an amazing compilation of answers."-- Spiritual Frontiers

Introduction
Everyday Meditation
Introductionp. 3
Sunshine and Green Leavesp. 9
Everyday Life as Practicep. 24
Earth and Spacep. 29
This Very Momentp. 33
Not Preferring Samsara or Nirvanap. 42
Seeing without the Observerp. 50
Are You Here?p. 59
Creativity, Work, and Fresh Perception
Introductionp. 69
The Way of Seeingp. 77
Writing Fearlesslyp. 90
Meditation and Poeticsp. 99
Just Being at the Pianop. 108
Coming Home to the Bodyp. 111
Zen Archeryp. 115
The Art of Swordp. 129
Driving Meditationp. 133
The Work of Craftp. 142
Working for a Livingp. 147
Healing and Well-Being
Introductionp. 155
The Healing Power of Unconditional Presencep. 159
Touch and Gop. 171
The Listening Mindp. 180
On Being Unable to Breathep. 195
Conscious Eatingp. 207
Being with Angerp. 214
Community
Introductionp. 225
Being Peacep. 235
Personal Disarmamentp. 250
The Greening of the Selfp. 262
The Path of Servicep. 274
Mindful Social Actionp. 284
The Power of Peacep. 291
Nowness and Enlightened Societyp. 293
Intimate Relationship as a Practice and a Pathp. 298
Contemplation and Intimacyp. 308
Family Life and Spiritual Practicep. 314
Working with Dying Peoplep. 319
Facing Deathp. 325
Acknowledgmentsp. 331
About the Contributorsp. 335
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ISBN: 9780877735977
ISBN-10: 0877735972
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st September 1992
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.0  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1