Writing as a Path to Awakening

A Year to Becoming an Excellent Writer and Living an Awakened Life
Author: Albert Flynn DeSilver
Publisher: Sounds True
ISBN: 1622039122
Category: Self-Help
Page: 208
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The best writers say their work seems to come from a source beyond the thinking mind. But how do we access that source? “We must first look inside ourselves and be willing to touch that raw emotional core at the heart of a deeper creativity,” writes Albert Flynn DeSilver. In Writing as a Path to Awakening, this renowned poet, writer, and teacher shows you how to use meditation to cultivate true depth in your own writing—so your words reveal layers of profound insight that inspire and move your readers. Constructed as a year-long exploration with a new focus for each month and season, Writing as a Path to Awakening includes: • How to approach writing and reading with a greater level of presence and immersion • Engaging curiosity, playfulness, and spontaneity to keep your regular practice fresh • Meditating with poetry to deeply embody the power of language • How you can spark your imagination by connecting to the groundless source of creation • The meditative approach to storytelling—how not being trapped in your story liberates your capacity to create • Editing, rewriting, and the path of spiritual transformation “Writing and meditation practice are a powerful pair, a dynamic duo,” Albert Flynn DeSilver teaches. “Together they nourish and push, trigger and define, inform and inspire, enable, and energize. To engage in both practices fully is to activate a more complete, creative, and spiritual self.” With a mixture of engaging storytelling and practical exercises, Writing as a Path to Awakening invites you on a yearlong journey of growth and discovery—to enhance your writing through the practice of meditation while using the creative process to accelerate your spiritual evolution.

Writing As a Path to Awakening

A Year to Becoming an Excellent Writer and Living an Awakened Life
Author: Albert Flynn DeSilver
Publisher: Sounds True
ISBN: 9781622039111
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Page: 212
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The best writers say their work seems to come from a source beyond the thinking mind. But how do we access that source? "We must first look inside ourselves and be willing to touch that raw emotional core at the heart of a deeper creativity," writes Albert Flynn DeSilver. In Writing as a Path to Awakening, this renowned poet, writer, and teacher shows you how to use meditation to cultivate true depth in your own writing--so your words reveal layers of profound emotional insight and revelation that inspire and move your readers. Writing calls on us to fully engage our mind's cognitive powers, while meditation often asks us to let go of thinking and storytelling. Though these two practices may seem incompatible, Albert teaches that they can be powerfully complementary. With a mixture of engaging storytelling and practical exercises, Writing as a Path to Awakening invites you on a journey of growth and discovery--to enhance your writing through the practice of meditation while using the creative process to accelerate your spiritual evolution.

Writing to Awaken

A Journey of Truth, Transformation, and Self-Discovery
Author: Mark Matousek
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
ISBN: 1626258708
Category: Self-Help
Page: 216
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Writing to Awaken is an inspirational investigation of the self through expressive writing, guiding you along the path of awakening through radical truth-telling and self-inquiry. With targeted and revelatory questions, you’ll be prompted to explore your own personal narrative—to write honestly about your deepest wounds, greatest challenges, hidden gifts, yearnings, and opportunities for growth—in order to discover a deeply authentic understanding of yourself and move toward a more liberated, truthful life. We each have our own story, a personal myth constructed from the content life presents us: we connect dots to shape the narrative, devise plotlines from circumstance, change characters, fashion conflicts, and adjust structure, settings, and themes as our lives unfold. But so often, over time, we come to believe that we are our story, identifying so strongly with the tales we’ve told ourselves and others that we cling to them for our very existence—even when they don’t quite fit. The realization that there’s a discrepancy between the narrative you’ve crafted and your authentic self can be disconcerting at first, but the exploration of that gap is a doorway to personal freedom, and this book will lead you through it. The writing exercises in this guide, one for nearly every week of the year, ask you to tell the whole truth about your experience. In doing so, you’ll come to realize that once you engage in this radical truth-telling, expressing yourself with complete honesty, your story changes; and when your story changes, your life is transformed. Rather than sticking with your illusive and tricky “Story of Me,” you’ll be prompted to go even deeper, piercing your personal myth and illuminating aspects of psyche and spirit that give way to profound moments of understanding and personal healing. This is not a how-to book for writers; it’s an invitation on a journey of self-discovery—a guide to facing yourself without flinching, accepting yourself as you are, surrendering to what is, and daring to question and transform what isn’t true. With Writing to Awaken, you’ll learn how to break free from the trance of mistaken identity and discover your essential, authentic self.

Beamish Boy

(I Am Not My Story) : a Memoir of Recovery & Awakening
Author: Albert Flynn DeSilver
Publisher: The Owl Press
ISBN: 9780966943092
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 261
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NOTE ON PRICE: A percentage of proceeds from the sale of each book are going to support 3 non-profit organizations!! Beamish Boy (I am not my story): A Memoir of Recovery & Awakening by Albert Flynn DeSilver ." . .A beautifully written memoir. . .poignant and inspirational, comical and terrifying!" -Kirkus "I was raised in a clock tower with bats in the belfry." So begins, Beamish Boy, the harrowing account of Albert Flynn DeSilver's inspirational journey from suicidal alcoholic to Poet Laureate and beyond. Though growing up in material privilege in suburban Connecticut in the 1970's and 80's, Albert finds himself whirling through an emotional wasteland void of love, complicated by his mostly absent alcoholic mother, and raising by a violent Swiss-German governess. A dramatic downgrade in lifestyle right around adolescence further inspires a great attraction for alcohol, drugs, and a series of increasingly shocking adventures. Filled with a luminous cast of characters, and told with searing honesty and ironic wit, Beamish Boy is a redemptive story of survival and letting go, as we eagerly follow Albert from one zany adventure and near-death experience to the next. He is run over by his best friend after blacking out in a driveway, contracts malaria in east Africa, and joins a psychedelic "therapy" cult, until he miraculously "finds" himself, through photography, poetry, and a hilarious "awakening" at a meditation retreat center, realizing finally, what it means to be fully alive, to truly love. Beamish Boy charts a compelling spiritual journey, from violence and self-annihilation to creativity and self-realization. Not your typical addiction memoir, Beamish Boy reads more like a witty and poetic novel, offering a profound window into the human condition, complete with its tragedies and ecstasies-illuminating one man's quest for an abiding perspective and lasting wisdom.

The Joy of Mindful Writing

Notes to Inspire Creative Awareness
Author: Joy Kenward
Publisher: Leaping Hare Press
ISBN: 1782405046
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 144
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Embrace the process of writing and the rich potential of conscious creativity and mindfulness with this enlightening insight into mindful writing. Exploring how writing mindfully can create deeper connections with your words, your characters, and yourself, this carefully crafted manual invites you to embrace the writing process as much as the completed work; plotting out sparkling stories with a Zen-like awareness. Through meditative exercises, engaging anecdotes, and astute notes on perception, imagination, and focus, author helps you to to flow, flourish and lose yourself in writing. Containing 20 mindful writing exercises, this unique guide explores how conscious writing creates mindful awareness,offering a fresh angle on shifting writer's block.

Awaken Your Genius

A Seven-Step Path to Freeing Your Creativity and Manifesting Your Dreams
Author: Carolyn Elliott
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 158394656X
Category: Self-Help
Page: 208
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Do you have a nagging suspicion that you're not living up to your creative potential? Do you feel hindered by the deeply embedded programming of social conformity and core limiting beliefs? Most of all, are you ready to shed those shackles and unleash the raging genius deep inside? In Awaken Your Genius, author Carolyn Elliott helps you do just that with a seven-step course that shows you how to live at your fullest creative potential and make manifest your deepest desires and dreams. In Step 1, Hearing the Heart's Call, you'll learn how to determine your true passions and create a vision for yourself at your most fully realized best. Step 2, Accepting the Call, helps you turn that vision into a commitment. Step 3, Meeting the Guide, opens the door to dialoguing with your inner mentor--the subconscious part of yourself that knows what's missing and how to get it. Step 4, Crossing the Threshold, shows you how to let go of socially programed conformity and venture into your own personal imaginative dreamscape. Step 5, Enduring Trials, gives you tools and tips on navigating the inevitable obstacles that arise when doing this kind of transformational work. Step 6, Becoming Divine, shows you how to tune in to your most expansive, unconditionally loving self, which in turn gives you the power to manifest your dreams and inspire those around you. Step 7, Taming Your Genius, shows you how to negotiate with your newfound genius--a mighty power to be reckoned with--so that it gets sustenance without becoming disruptive. Each step comes with excellent explanations of the powers at work, as well as assignments (called "experiments") and check-ins to make sure you're keeping up with the previous steps. If you're ready to unleash your inner genius and take your life by storm, Awaken Your Genius will put you on the path, give you the tools you need, and keep you sustained, inspired, and supported along the way. If you're serious about cultivating your most imaginative, fearless, intuitive self, don't miss this book.

Buddhism without Beliefs

A Contemporary Guide to Awakening
Author: Stephen Batchelor
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101663073
Category: Religion
Page: 144
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A national bestseller and acclaimed guide to Buddhism for beginners and practitioners alike In this simple but important volume, Stephen Batchelor reminds us that the Buddha was not a mystic who claimed privileged, esoteric knowledge of the universe, but a man who challenged us to understand the nature of anguish, let go of its origins, and bring into being a way of life that is available to us all. The concepts and practices of Buddhism, says Batchelor, are not something to believe in but something to do—and as he explains clearly and compellingly, it is a practice that we can engage in, regardless of our background or beliefs, as we live every day on the path to spiritual enlightenment.

The Fearless Path

A Radical Awakening to Emotional Healing and Inner Peace
Author: Leah Guy
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
ISBN: 1632659166
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 224
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Leah Guy believes that disconnection is the root of all fear, and the attempt at letting go causes more problems than it solves. Debunking the myth of detachment and other popular New Age ideologies, she emphasizes that there’s no escapism in emotional healing. Rather, the process is about putting the personal pieces of your heart, mind, and soul back together again. The Fearless Path offers a radical approach that will heal trauma, fear, heartache, and mental and physical health. Overcoming anxiety, sexual abuse, eating disorders, and addiction using the principles in this book, Leah has spent her life helping others find relief and freedom from personal afflictions. In The Fearless Path, you will learn: Why “letting go” is the worst advice for healing, and how to really move on. How to understand the stories your energy system tells about your mind, body, and spirit—and how to rewrite the script. How to transform fear and anxiety into love and inner peace. Why the law of attraction isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Find strength and serenity in the midst of a personal storm.

Mindfulness

A Practical Guide to Awakening
Author: Joseph Goldstein
Publisher: Sounds True
ISBN: 1622030656
Category: Religion
Page: 480
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The mind contains the seeds of its own awakening—seeds that we can cultivate to bring forth the fruits of a life lived consciously. With Mindfulness, Joseph Goldstein shares the wisdom of his four decades of teaching and practice in a book that will serve as a lifelong companion for anyone committed to mindful living and the realization of inner freedom. Goldstein's source teaching is the Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha's legendary discourse on the four foundations of mindfulness that became the basis for the many types of Vipassana (or insight meditation) found today. Exquisite in detail yet wholly accessible and relevant for the modern student, Mindfulness takes us through a profound study of: Ardency, clear knowing, mindfulness, and concentration—how to develop these four qualities of mind essential for walking the path wisely The Satipatthana refrain—how deeply contemplating the four foundations of mindfulness opens us to bare knowing and continuity of mindfulness Mindfulness of the body, including the breath, postures, activities, and physical characteristics Mindfulness of feelings—how the experience of our sense perceptions influences our inner and outer worlds Mindfulness of mind—learning to recognize skillful and unskillful states of mind and thought Mindfulness of dhammas (or categories of experience), including the Five Hindrances, the Six Sense Spheres, the Seven Factors of Awakening, and much more "There is a wealth of meaning and nuance in the experience of mindfulness that can enrich our lives in unimagined ways," writes Goldstein. In Mindfulness you have the tools to mine these riches for yourself.

The Art of Freedom

A Guide To Awakening
Author: Michael Damian
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
ISBN: 1785355945
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 112
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The Art of Freedom: A Guide to Awakening is a short, powerful book that focuses upon the principles of deep spirituality and enlightenment. Clarifying the nature of genuine awakening, it considers how we approach it with gradual insight and self-inquiry, and what the long-term impact and expression of awakening looks like. The Art of Freedom expresses both the clear mind and compassionate heart of awakening.

Mother of the Unseen World

The Mystery of Mother Meera
Author: Mark Matousek
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
ISBN: 0812997255
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 224
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Throughout history there have been rare individuals who transcend what most of us believe to be possible- enlightened beings who have access to experience and knowledge most of us do not have. The Indian-born avatar Mother Meera is such an individual. Born Kamala Reddy to an illiterate family, she was from a young age observed to be different from other children-she would sit in the forest for hours on end without moving or uttering a word and soon began attracting a following of devotees who would arrive to sit in her presence. Believed to be an embodiment of the Divine Feminine, she doesn't preach, speak, or charge money, and is of no particular religion; instead, she gives light to those who seek her help. Known throughout the world for her abilities to undo oenergetic knotso and to radically quicken the spiritual development of others, she has a center in Germany, where thousands of people visit her each month to receive her famous darshan,a silent blessing, and she has established a school in India for more than a thousand of the neediest students in the region. Writing with her approval and cooperation, Mark Matousek, a longtime follower, has crafted a deeply moving and insightful book that takes us as close as possible to this remarkable woman, and to the experience of enlightenment. Advance praise for Mother of the Unseen World oMother of the Unseen Worldreads like a classic adventure novel, with one exception-much of the adventure goes on inside the reader as we follow Mark Matousek's everyman journey from pain and doubt to discovery and awakening. I don't know who I learned the most from-the wise and powerful Indian saint Mother Meera, or the very human, very real, and equally wise Mark Matousek. I could not put this book down.o-Elizabeth Lesser, author of Broken Openand co-founder of Omega Institute oMark Matousek brings us to the feet of Mother Meera in this transcendent, rapturous, astonishing book. He is at once an inspired teacher and the humblest of students. This is a divine book about a divine woman and one of the best books I've read on the need for the return of the divine feminine here and now.o-Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologuesand In the Body of the World oMother of the Unseen Worldis absolutely riveting. It's clear and engaging-and at the same time, deeply searching and thought-provoking. Mark Matousek uses his own encounters with Mother Meera as a lens through which to examine her life, teachings, and influence in the world.o-Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

Conscious Writing

Discover Your True Voice Through Mindfulness and More
Author: Julia McCutcheon
Publisher: Hay House, Inc
ISBN: 1781806004
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 246
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Conscious Writing is an original approach to deep creative awakening that leads you to discover your true self and express your true voice - on the page and in the world. It's a journey of self-realization (conscious) and self-expression (creativity) that can be applied to any and all types of writing, and fluently blends soul with craft to reveal your richest insights and ideas. Whether you dream of writing but haven't started yet or are an experienced author, Julia McCutchen will guide you through this tried and tested step-by-step process for releasing your fears and writing what you are truly here to write. Drawing on an inspiring mix of perennial wisdom, psychological research and modern neuroscience, Julia teaches how to: • Apply the seven Core Principles for personal experience of transpersonal Truth, and emerge transformed and ready to write. • Align all aspects of yourself - body, emotions, mind and soul - to bring your whole self to the creative writing process. • Dive into deep creative flow and play with possibilities in the quantum realm of infinite potential. • Visit the Conscious Writing Sanctuary, a powerful inner space out of which timeless words flow freely. • Realize your full potential and effortlessly stand out from the crowd as you express yourself consciously and creatively as an author in the world.

The Power of Now

A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
Author: Eckhart Tolle
Publisher: New World Library
ISBN: 1577313119
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 256
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To make the journey into the Now we will need to leave our analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. From the very first page of Eckhart Tolle's extraordinary book, we move rapidly into a significantly higher altitude where we breathe a lighter air. We become connected to the indestructible essence of our Being, “The eternal, ever present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death.” Although the journey is challenging, Eckhart Tolle uses simple language and an easy question and answer format to guide us. A word of mouth phenomenon since its first publication, The Power of Now is one of those rare books with the power to create an experience in readers, one that can radically change their lives for the better.

Wake Up Now

A Guide to the Journey of Spiritual Awakening
Author: Stephan Bodian
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 0071494286
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 224
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A former editor-in-chief of Yoga Journal counsels readers on how to achieve inner peace and life satisfaction through a pursuit of enlightenment, in a step-by-step roadmap to every stage of a spiritual journey that features an array of customized exercises and personalized self-assessment sections. 20,000 first printing.

How to Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re an Adult

A Path to Authenticity and Awakening
Author: Ira Israel
Publisher: New World Library
ISBN: 160868508X
Category: Self-Help
Page: 208
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As children, we learned to get approval by creating facades to help us get our emotional and psychological needs met, but we also rebelled against authority as a way of individuating. As adults, these conflicting desires leave many of us feeling anxious or depressed because our authentic selves are buried deep beneath glitzy or rebellious exteriors or some combination thereof. In this provocative book, eclectic teacher and therapist Ira Israel offers a powerful, comprehensive, step-by-step path to recognizing the ways of being that we created as children and transcending them with compassion and acceptance. By doing so, we discover our true callings and cultivate the authentic love we were born deserving.

My Awakening

A Path to Racial Understanding
Author: David Ernest Duke
Publisher: Free Speech Books
ISBN: 9781892796004
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 717
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Boundless Awareness

A Loving Path to Spiritual Awakening and Freedom from Suffering
Author: Michael A. Rodriguez
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
ISBN: 1684030692
Category: Self-Help
Page: 208
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Suffering is part of the human experience, and everyone in the world is seeking relief. But there is something greater, something that we all share, indeed something that we all are, that can alleviate that pain: it is the formless presence—the loving, boundless awareness—at the heart of all experience. This book cuts through the esotericism surrounding spiritual awakening to help you realize your true nature and show you how to integrate that realization into everyday life. In life, there is turmoil and inevitable pain. There is war, hunger, failure, heartbreak, and trauma. We struggle in relationships and with our attachments, thoughts, feelings, and memories, trapped in the prison of psychological self-consciousness. Most of us have been conditioned to believe that we are all separate individuals to whom uncomfortable or upsetting things happen. We feel alone and isolated from the world, and convince ourselves that the beauty, truth, and goodness we long for are out of our reach. Really, it’s this imaginary division that causes us to suffer. Boundless Awareness seeks to relieve this suffering by drawing attention to the beautiful, encompassing, cohesive nature of awareness itself, as found in your direct experience. Using practical, contemplative exercises and brief meditations, the author guides you along a broad path of spiritual awakening, deconstructing your delusions of self and separation and integrating a concept of existence that is free from the suffering of individual selfhood, but which acknowledges the attachments, traumatic experiences, and emotional pain of being human. With this book, you’ll come to realize your innate perfection as the uncreated light of boundless awareness, and soften into the open, spacious, and unconditionally loving essence of existence. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of pain and attachments, and learn to meet these experiences with a new resilience. Most importantly, you’ll find guidance on how to embody and express this awakening as love, joy, service, and creativity in your daily life.

Awakening

A Paradigm Shift of the Heart
Author: Rodney Smith
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834829630
Category: Religion
Page: 256
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What is enlightenment? Rodney Smith’s answer to that elusive question offers an explanation not only of the radical shift in perception that the word enlightenment connotes, but of the entire topography of the journey from beginning to end, of the multiple ways we undermine the very growth we seek, and of the awakened life that ultimately arises out of the new consciousness.

Awakening the Buddha Within

Eight Steps to Enlightenment
Author: Lama Surya Das
Publisher: Harmony
ISBN: 9780385530989
Category: Religion
Page: 432
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Lama Surya Das, the most highly trained American lama in the Tibetan tradition, presents the definitive book on Western Buddhism for the modern-day spiritual seeker. The radical and compelling message of Buddhism tells us that each of us has the wisdom, awareness, love, and power of the Buddha within; yet most of us are too often like sleeping Buddhas. In Awakening the Buddha Within, Surya Das shows how we can awaken to who we really are in order to lead a more compassionate, enlightened, and balanced life. It illuminates the guidelines and key principles embodied in the noble Eight-Fold Path and the traditional Three Enlightenment Trainings common to all schools of Buddhism: Wisdom Training: Developing clear vision, insight, and inner understanding -- seeing reality and ourselves as we really are. Ethics Training: Cultivating virtue, self-discipline, and compassion in what we say and do. Meditation Training: Practicing mindfulness, concentration, and awareness of the present moment. With lively stories, meditations, and spiritual practices, Awakening the Buddha Within is an invaluable text for the novice and experienced student of Buddhism alike. From the Trade Paperback edition.