fruits you shall know them.” And the fruits of the Spirit — the
four fruits of a life deeply-lived — are love, compassion, joy, and
In this brief, poetic book, John
Sullivan explores the four ways of dwelling in depth, with chapters
devoted to each. The four invite us to (1) practice loving kindness
and seek the well-being of the relationship and those within it, (2)
to acknowledge suffering and alleviate it; (3) to receive life as
gift and, being grateful, to rejoice; and (4) to be at peace and to
These four are a trans-religious
treasure and a compass for the heart. Simple and profound, they
support and balance one another. They are both the means to a
fuller life and its expression.
The book also applies the four to the
larger issues of our times, showing how these four modes of dwelling
help us to heal the cultural splits and return us to a unity of
Source, Self, and the Circle of Life.
The remedy for returning to communion is
to do whatever we do — more lovingly, more compassionately, more
joyfully, and more peacefully. Simple and wise teachings from ancient
oceans, made available to renew our common life.
This elegantly designed book makes a wonderful companion volume to
John Sullivan's earlier book, The Spiral of the Seasons.