By Kirk J. Schneider
Awakening to Awe is a self-help meditation on an alternative—and growing—spiritual circulate. this can be a flow constructed from those who refuse the "quick-fix" version for therapeutic, even if that version involves popping capsules, indulging in fabric comforts, or adhering to doctrinal dogmas. against this, the circulation approximately which Schneider writes consists of people that have constructed the capability to adventure the humility and beauty, or in brief, awe, of lifestyles deeply lived.
In specific, this ebook highlights the tales of people that in the course of the cultivation of awe have remodeled their lives. for instance, readers will realize how awe remodeled the lifetime of an ex-gang member right into a liked and effective gang mediator, an ex-drug addict right into a communally wakeful healer, and a patient of level 3 melanoma right into a contemplative and religious seeker. The e-book also will tell readers concerning the demanding situations and joys of awe-based child-raising, schooling, humor, political activism, and getting older. Drawing at the philosophy of Schneider's past paintings, the acclaimed Rediscovery of Awe, Awakening to Awe tells the down-to-earth tales of a quiet but rising revolution within the transformation of lives.
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20 3 THE AWE SURVEY: FORMAT AND BACKGROUND I n the spring of 2005, I began an investigation into the vicissitudes of awe with several remarkable people. All of these people were distinguished by their extraordinary stories of awe-based recovery in five general domains—education, drug addiction, chronic illness, depression, and aging. Before exhibiting participants’ stories, allow me to provide some background on my approach to studying them. Unlike many psychological investigations, I knew many of my study subjects with a modicum of intimacy.
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Awakening to Awe: Personal Stories of Profound Transformation by Kirk J. Schneider