Sunday, March 2, 2008

Life in the slow lane

"In Out Deep Slow, Calm Ease Smile Release, Present moment, wonderful moment"
Thich Naht Hahn, Vietnamese Buddhist monk

I wanted to recommend books and resources that have been valuable in exploring spiritual life in midlife.
Mindful Movements Thich Naht Hahn
A dvd of ten slow movements with breathing that are done each day in Plum Village in France.
The Five Prostrations Thich Naht Hahn
A cd of guided meditations by Thich Naht Hahn and Sister Chan
The Path to Heart A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
by Jack Kornfield: a guide to insight meditation with all its challenges and nuances.
The Second Half of Life Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom
by Angeles Arrien. Each chapter begins and ends with quotes about the hands and feet, the vaious entries and exits through the gates of midlife.
Listening is an Act of Love A celebration of American Life through the Storycorps Project by David Isay. Moving and great personal stories of family and befriending by everyday folks.
When the Heart Waits Spiritual Direction for Life's Sacred Questions by Sue Monk Kidd (author of the Secret Life of Bees). This is the beginning quote in the book which is about her story of transformation:
"I said to my soul, be still and wait...
so the darkness shall be the light and the stillness the dancing"
T.S. Eliot

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