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Mindfulness — The Call to Innerwork

Christina Baldwin, Storycatching: Making Sense of Our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story
     New World Library, 2005          ISBN 1577314913
  In her powerful new book, Christina Baldwin, one of the visionaries who started the personal writing movement, explores the vital necessity of recreating a sacred common ground for each other's stories. Through story and example, Baldwin shows the power of story to connect life experiences so that we can share them, learn from them, and inspire each other through the medium of a good tale.
     "It is only in the past fifty years, and only in industrialized countries, that we have turned to machines, instead of each other, as the primary sources of entertainment and education," says Baldwin. "Most of human history people have sat around the fire, sat around the kitchen table, sat around the front porch and offered ourselves and our ordinary insights and experiences to each other. We've talked and listened, laughed and cried, and passed along incredible amounts of information about our families, traditions, beliefs, skills at problem solving, resiliency — all embedded in story."
     Baldwin's book invites readers to come back to storycatching. Each chapter in Storycatcher is carried by a fascinating tale — about people or family or community — intertwined with practical instructions on the nature of story, how it works and how we can practice it in our lives. The art of Storycatching invites us to spend time speaking and listening, writing and reading, enhancing the meaning in our lives.

Anthony deMello, Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality
     Image Books, 1992          ISBN 0385249373

Maria Dancing Heart, The Last Adventure of Life: Sacred Resources for Transition
     Bridge to Dreams, 2005          ISBN 0975293206
  Acollection of inspirational stories, poetry, scripture, prayers, and resources to assist anyone who is grieving or preparing to die. These pieces come from all walks of life to help the reader acknowledge the unity and interconnectedness of all. It has been aptly called "a book for healing and prayer." More than ever it is time for each one of us on the planet to awaken to our mortality and our spiritual nature, and learn to live with more awareness of how we affect others and the interconnectedness of all. As each one of us begins to heal ourselves and deepen our spiritual lives, we have an impact on healing Mother Earth and the entire planet as well.
               See Second Journey book review by Barbara Kammerlohr

Robert A. Johnson, Inner Work: Using Dreams and Active Imagination for Personal Growth
     HarperSanFrancisco, 1989          ISBN 0062504312

Ellen Langer, On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity
     Ballantine Books, 2006          ISBN 0345456300
  Why is creative engagement the province of so few? Most of us have neglected art, music, writing, dance — and a host of other creative endeavors — as we pursue careers and families. If we ever imagine taking up a creative endeavor, we too often worry about what other people will say and we put it off. We don’t do it because we think we don't know the rules that will allow us to be successful. Rules often blind us to what we most want to enjoy in creative activity and worrying too much about learning the rules is most often what keeps us from engaging our creative selves. We worry that we won’t have the talent to learn the rules, we worry that we should already know the rules, and we especially worry that, if we don’t know the rules, others will dismiss us. The truth is, we’re often better off not knowing the rules. What enables some people to set aside those rules that block their path? In On Becoming An Artist, renowned social psychologist Ellen Langer presents a new understanding of the roadblocks that keep us from a more creative life and shows us how we can overcome them to forge a personal renaissance in our lives. Dr. Langer is also the author of Mindfulness and The Power of Mindful Learning.

Harry R. Moody and David Carroll, The Five Stages of the Soul: Charting the Spiritual Passages That Shape Our Lives
     Doubleday, 1997          ISBN 0385486774
  An exciting exploration of the spiritual "passages" we experience as we age -- and the rich possibilities they offer for fulfillment in the life journey. In a groundbreaking book that interweaves twenty years of case studies and research in the field of aging with an exhaustive knowledge of psychology, religion, and literature, Dr. Harry R. Moody, cofounder and director of the Brookdale Center on Aging, reveals the spiritual passages that the vast majority of us encounter in life and the opportunities those spiritual stages offer us in achieving a sense of inner fulfillment. Written in richly textured narrative that constantly inspires as it offers a detailed road map of our spiritual lives, The Five Stages of the Soul is reminiscent in its approach of the best work of M. Scott Peck and Thomas Moore.

Wayne Muller, How, Then, Shall We Live? Four Simple Questions That Reveal the Beauty and Meaning of Our Lives:
     Bantam Books, 1996          ISBN 0553375059
  Drawing on his experience as a therapist, minister, and activist, Wayne Muller combines true stories of courage and transformation with powerful daily practices and teachings from the great wisdom traditions. Page by page, we discover the gifts we were born to enjoy — and to share with others on our path.

Wayne Muller, Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives
     Bantam Books, 1999          ISBN 0553380117

Donald Nicholl, Holiness:
     Paulist Press, 1990          ISBN 0809131137

Bill Plotkin, Soulcraft: Crossing to the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche
     New World Library, 2003          ISBN 1577314220
  Soulcraft™ is an exceptional set of experiential practices, ceremonies, and processes that lead to the life-shifting and world-changing experience of soul encounter. By “soul” Plotkin means each individual’s true self—those qualities that most define and express who we are, the unique gift that we were born to bring to the world. To encounter the soul is to discover the truth at the center of the image we were born with, a truth that reveals the nature of our gift, our particular way of belonging to the world and contributing to our communities, the wellspring of our passion, and the path to our greatest personal fulfillment. Since 1980, AVI founder, Bill Plotkin, Ph.D., has studied, worked with, and further developed these practices in order to create a contemporary Western path to soul discovery and soul initiation.

M.C. Richards, Centering in Pottery, Poetry, and the Person:
     Wesleyan University Press, 1989          ISBN 0819562009

John G. Sullivan, Living Large: Transformative Work at the Intersection of Ethics and Spirituality
     Tai Sophia Institute, 2004          ISBN 091238106X
  John Sullivan's invitation to live large is an irresistible call to brin more of ourselves into all out partnerships and institutions… the book smiles with the beauty of nature, the music of poetry, and echoes from the well of the Great Mystery." — Helen Bliss Mitchell

Jeremy Taylor, Where People Fly and Water Runs Uphill: Using Dreams to Tap the Wisdom of the Unconscious
     Warner Books, 1993          ISBN 0446394629

Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
     Dutton Adult, 2005          ISBN 0525948023
  Tolle presents readers with an honest look at the current state of humanity, imploring us to see and accept that this state, which is based on an erroneous identification with the egoic mind, is one of dangerous insanity.
     There is good news, however: an alternative to this potentially dire situation. Humanity now, perhaps more than in any previous time, has an opportunity to create a new, saner, more loving world. This will involve a radical inner leap from the current egoic consciousness to an entirely new one.
     In illuminating the nature of this shift in consciousness, Tolle describes in detail how our current ego-based state of consciousness operates. Then gently, and in very practical terms, he leads us into this new consciousness. We will come to experience who we truly are — which is something infinitely greater than anything we currently think we are — and learn to live and breathe freely.

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