Fully Awake and Truly Alive: Spiritual Practices to Nurture Your Soul

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SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2013 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 178 pages

Fulfill the reality that the glory of God is the human fully alive.

"Reverend Vennard is fearlessly awake to the wild dance of life. Rather than sleeping through life, she awakens to it. Rather than escaping from reality, she embraces it. Rather than distracting herself with a life to come, she dares to live the life that is. And she wants you to do all this as well. Read this book. Live this book. Wake up."
--from the Foreword

In a culture enthralled with technology, striving and speed, people of many faith traditions and no faith tradition long to slow down, pay attention and wake up to the present moment. They want help in realizing their hope that they can become more truly alive.

This engaging and highly readable book offers you guidance for the journey. Sharing stories from her personal life as a spiritual seeker and from her professional career as a retreat leader, spiritual director and teacher, Reverend Jane Vennard illustrates the joys and frustrations of spiritual practice, offers insights from various religious traditions, and provides step-by-step exercises and meditations to practice:

Caring for the body * Rest * Silence Solitude * Letting go * Community * Hospitality * Service * Living gratefully

 

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Contents

The Practice of Caring
1
Embodied Wisdom
7
The Practice of Rest
15
Biblical Call to Rest
21
The Practice of Silence
29
Practicing Silence in a Supportive Community
35
How Are You Called to Practice?
41
The Practice of Solitude
47
Surrendering to the Whole
93
The Practice of Hospitality
103
How Are You Called to Practice?
115
The Practice of Service
121
Deciding Who
131
Responding to the Needs of Mother Earth
138
The Fruits of Practice
145
Surprise Is the Wisdom of a Grateful Heart
151

The Practice of Letting
67
Letting Go of the Outcome
75
How Are You Called to Practice?
81
The Rhythm of Contemplative Communal
87
Discovering the Depth of Your Compassion
157
Acknowledgments
167
Suggestions for Further Reading
175
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Rev. Jane E. Vennard , a popular teacher on prayer and spiritual practice, offers lectures and leads retreats in ecumenical settings in the United States, Canada and abroad. She is the author of several books, including Fully Awake and Truly Alive: Spiritual Practices to Nurture Your Soul and Teaching--The Sacred Art: The Joy of Opening Minds & Hearts (both SkyLight Paths), and a long-time active member of Spiritual Directors International. She is ordained in the United Church of Christ to a ministry of teaching and spiritual direction.Rev. Jane E. Vennard is available to speak on the following topics: Fully Awake and Truly Alive: Spiritual Practices to Nurture Your Soul Spiritual Practice: A Way of Life Spiritual Practices for the Second Half of Life The Art of Teaching Spiritual Practice Spiritual Practices in the Ministry of Spiritual Direction Click here to contact the author.

Rami Shapiro, a renowned teacher of spirituality across faith traditions, is an award-winning storyteller, poet and essayist. He is author of The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Preparing to Practice, Recovery--The Sacred Art: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice and The Divine Feminine in Biblical Wisdom Literature: Selections Annotated & Explained (all SkyLight Paths), among other books.Rami Shapiro is available to speak on the following topics: Writing--The Sacred Art: Beyond the Page to Spiritual Practice Stop Playing God: 12 Steps as Spiritual Practice Biblical Wisdom for Post-biblical Times: An Exploration of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Job The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Cultivating Compassion in Daily Life Hasidic Wisdom: An Exploration of Hasidic Storytelling, Theology and Contemplative Practice Saints and Sages: Biblical Prophets, Ancient Rabbis and the Building of a Just World

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