Thomas Merton, toward the end of his life, warned of a "pervasive form of contemporary violence" that is unique to our times: overwork and overactivity. In his work as a minister and caregiver, Wayne Muller observed the effects of this violence on our communities, our families, and our people. He responds to this escalating "war on our spirits" in this audio guide, and immerses listeners in the sacred tradition of the shabbat - the day of rest - a tradition that is all but forgotten in an age where consumption, speed, and productivity have become the most valued human commodities. He offers practices and exercises that reflect the sabbath as recognized in Christianity, Judaism, and Buddhism. Through his way of nourishment and repose, Muller teaches, we welcome insights and blessings and arise only with stillness and time.
"Good as a Critique but as Rx not so much"
In Spiritual Gifts of a Painful Childhood, Wayne Muller - author of the national best seller Legacy of the Heart - helps listeners grasp the divine thread that connects sorrow and pain to an awakening of the spirit. This graduate of Harvard Divinity School has devoted almost 20 years to helping the homeless, the sick, and the impoverished.
For thousands of years, these questions - which span all major spiritual traditions - have served as beacons for spiritual seekers: Who am I? What do I love? How shall I live, knowing I will die? What is my gift to the family of the Earth? As he guides us through these questions, Muller weaves poetry with true stories of love, courage, grief, and transformation in order to show how beauty and wisdom come to us at unexpected times.
Within each one of us there is a reservoir of divine wisdom; a seed of universal truth waiting to be discovered. The Kingdom of God, the Inner Light, the Buddha Nature, the Goddess within - every spiritual tradition has identified a direct personal connection to God and all that is sacred. In Touching the Divine, Wayne Muller offers a "model of heaven" (the original meaning of contemplate) to bring you in touch with the very center of your sacredness.
Given the undeniable reality of a cancer diagnosis, how can you create joy, health, and hope? In Cancer as a Turning Point, Volume II, 11 inspiring authors, many of whom are thriving after cancer diagnoses, reframe the healing process in a positive, creative, and spiritual light. Central to this collection is a revisioning of cancer as the wisdom disease - the illness that can teach us how to live.