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Awakening the Heart
Title : Awakening the Heart
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ISBN : 9780394721828
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 240

Can a meditative practice assist and promote the healing relationship between psychotherapist and patient? The notable contributors to this practical book draw on a wide range of Eastern and Western disciplines—psychoanalysis, Gestalt, Aikido, and various Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist contemplative traditions—to show that it can. What they propose is a meeting between theCan a meditative practice assist and promote the healing relationship between psychotherapist and patient? The notable contributors to this practical book draw on a wide range of Eastern and Western disciplines—psychoanalysis, Gestalt, Aikido, and various Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist contemplative traditions—to show that it can. What they propose is a meeting between the Western psychotherapeutic approach—grounded in working with the personal problems and the need to carve out a strong awareness of self—and Eastern tradition, which emphasizes a larger kind of awareness and equanimity as a continuously available source of clarity and health for those who know how to find it. They show that joining psychotherapy with meditation can mutually awaken the hearts of both therapist and client, sparking them both to open more fully. Jacob Needleman, Erich Fromm, Robin Skynner, Ram Dass, Karl Sperber, Roger Walsh, Chögyam Trungpa, and Thomas Hora are among the contributors.


Awakening the Heart Reviews

  • Steve Woods

    This book is a collection of papers by some outstanding Buddhist practitioners and scholars about the potential of Buddhist thought and practice in the mental health helping professions. It points up the limitations of standard western psychology, which has essentially failed to deal with the mental health crisis of our times. The experience of most who find themselves in the hands of these professionals is at best peripheral, and at worst destructive, locking people into the unending cycle of s [...]

  • Claire

    Rich, sensational compilation. Nearing 30 years old, I think this book is a testament to what is at the heart of therapeutic encounters - the simplicity of two people meeting, and the power of the therapist's presence. It covers many facets and topics to do with the meeting of spirituality, contemplative practice, and therapy. The writing is beautiful and personable. And each chapter is direct and goes straight to the heart of what is being spoken about - it is both broad and deep in this respec [...]

  • Sarah

    This is a unique book. I shared a hot tub with John and his wife at omega institute when I was 24 and studying Shambala training level 1 path of the spiritual warrior. He was a nice man