I've marked that whole section to read through and put into practice, by I was most struck by the ideas of the Metta Bhavana and An Adult Examination of Conscience. Metta Bhavana is the cultivation of an attitude of lovingkindness toward everyone and everything. And not in a haphazard, whatever kind of way, but by calling specific individuals ourselves, someone we treasure, a neutral person, someone we dislike, the universe one at a time, and thinking of their safety, health, peace and welfare.
If you've known me long at all, you know there have been some very unpleasant things in my life, things that hurt and anger me every time I think about them. Things that still make me feel cheated, make me feel less, make me feel an irrational and unjustified guilt. I'm thinking it's going to be hard to feel all that negative stuff and also lovingkindness. And I am thinking all that negative stuff is a weight I just don't need, and it's time to move on to other, better stuff.
You don't do this all at once, of course, who has time for that? The idea is to pick one area and really think deeply on it, and determine if your attitudes and actions need changing. I really, really recommend this book. I wish I had about a dozen copies to give away.
I don't. I have ONE, and it's going on my shelf of "read some daily" books. But find a copy, and read it. It took me less than 5 and a half hours, and that included a break to drive home, a conversation with a friend AND a nap. In a day when many self-help books offer a faux window into the soul, this one has some very valid things to say about living in a mindful, self-examined way. View 1 comment. Jan 07, Megan rated it really liked it Shelves: own-read , x I thought it was pretty fitting that I ended and started with this book, as it helped me reflect on the previous year and how I could change for the better for the upcoming year.
A large part of my resolutions every year involves becoming a better person, and I think this book is great tool to achieve that. It's a mere pages, but every page packs a punch, full of insights to mull over.
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The basic premise of this book is how confession betters your life, and the author, in my opinion I thought it was pretty fitting that I ended and started with this book, as it helped me reflect on the previous year and how I could change for the better for the upcoming year. The basic premise of this book is how confession betters your life, and the author, in my opinion, does a great job pulling from religious and historical sources to explain the idea of confession and how it can be practically mplemented in your life, whether you're a religious person or not.
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The word, "confession", may have a different connotation for different readers, but Wilkes argues if you think of confession as more of transparency, vulnerability, and honesty you'll be able to utilize the art of confession to live a better life, cultivate better relationships, and really, overall, have a better of quality of life A takeaway I received from the book was the idea of "happy guilt", which hinges on the idea that while we need to take responsibility for our actions, we have to forgive ourselves and allow ourself to move forward.
A great quote from Paul Tillich speaks to this as being "struck by grace": "We cannot transform our lives, unless we allow them to be transformed by the stroke of grace Grace strikes us when we are in great pain and restlessness. It strikes us when, year after year, the longed-for perfection of life does not appear, when despair destroys all joy and courage.
Sometimes at that moment a shaft of life breaks into our darkness, and it is as though a voice were saying, "You are accepted You are accepted. Do not try to do anything now Simply accept the fact that you are accepted. If that happens to us, we experience graces But sometimes it happens that we receive the power to say "yes" to ourselves, that peace enters into us and makes us whole, that self-hatred and self-contempt disappear, and that our self is reunited with itself.
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I wish you that grace. This is my honest, unbiased review.
Jan 31, Kelly Standing rated it really liked it Shelves: character , spiritual-disciplines. That's what prompted me to buy the book plus copies for three others I thought would appreciate them. The book, on the other hand, had more of a Catholic tone -- with more emphasis on guilt or shame and sin than his remarks in person contained. I tend to be more of an "honor all paths" person, so I preferred that tone. Apparently, informed by his Catholic roots but not constrained by them, Wilkes "redefines confession as a secular, daily practice of self-examination that can enrich our inner selves.
Wilkes provides several techniques to help unearth and foster that desired inner honesty. I especially liked techniques 3. Praying Backward Through the Day and 6. Metta Bhavana: The Cultivation of Lovingkindness. Wilkes describes it as a "simple" Buddist meditation one can practice "anytime, anywhere. Unfortunately, I chose to practice it on a crowded mid-day subway in Chicago, already cutting it close to make a lunch appointment.
I was SO engrossed in imagining lovingkindness for the "someone" I "dislike," I missed my stop and had to backtrack! Perhaps providentially, a train going in the RIGHT direction just "happened" to be standing open at the next stop [a rare and welcome occurrance], as if rewarding me instantly for my uncharacteristically kind and loving thoughts toward that "someone.
If you have a chance to hear him speak, even better. He's conversational, very funny and self deprecating in person, qualities that don't come through quite as obviously in writing.
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Mar 02, Peg rated it really liked it. This book was provided to me free-of-charge by GoodReads, FirstReads. This is a short pages book that packs a big punch! It gives interesting cultural history of the spiritual practice of confession. There is a lot of information on how to do it and when it's necessary to confess, so this book could end up as a reference book to keep on my bookshelf.
It also stresses the benefits of confession no matter if you are religious or not. There are excerpts throughout the book from a rabbi, a priest, a nun and a psychiatrist. They all stress the importance of being honest, not only to others, but to yourself. Sometimes we all need to forget about something in our past, in other words, to put it behind us; this book will help us to face a renewed future.osint-ctf.tracelabs.org/joja-cellphone-location-on.php
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Feb 06, Des rated it really liked it. Wilkes's historical background about confession in variouscultures is quite interesting. But Wilkes quickly moves from being informative to being pragmatic. It's the perfect must-read or gift for people of any religion or no religion whose guilt from real or perceived events drives them or limits them.
No preaching. No pressure. Simple, realistic and accessible ways for anyone to reach deep within one's self and feel more in control of full disclosure: free review copy received via goodreads. Simple, realistic and accessible ways for anyone to reach deep within one's self and feel more in control of one's life and ready to face the future with renewed confidence.
It can make the strong stronger and give hope and strength to those feeling inadequate. A potentially tremendous impact packed into small, very readable pages. Nov 19, Kevin Summers rated it liked it Shelves: adult. In this book, Wilkes recommends that we appeal to our "conscience" for guidance in confession. I suppose that appealing to conscience in confession is good for the self-reflective among us, but what about the sociopaths among us?
How many sociopaths browse through the self-help section at the bookstore? Anyway, the book has a gently confrontational message that I needed to read. Simplified, we may say that pistis refers to "trust" and "confidence", while doxa refers to "opinion" and "acceptance". The English word " orthodoxy " derives from doxa. Jonathan Leicester suggests that belief has the purpose of guiding action rather than indicating truth.
Mainstream psychology and related disciplines have traditionally treated belief as if it were the simplest form of mental representation and therefore one of the building blocks of conscious thought. Philosophers have tended to be more abstract in their analysis, and much of the work examining the viability of the belief concept stems from philosophical analysis. The concept of belief presumes a subject the believer and an object of belief the proposition.
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So, like other propositional attitudes , belief implies the existence of mental states and intentionality , both of which are hotly debated topics in the philosophy of mind , whose foundations and relation to brain states are still controversial. Beliefs are sometimes divided into core beliefs that are actively thought about and dispositional beliefs that may be ascribed to someone who has not thought about the issue. For example, if asked "do you believe tigers wear pink pajamas? This has important implications for understanding the neuropsychology and neuroscience of belief. If the concept of belief is incoherent, then any attempt to find the underlying neural processes that support it will fail.
Philosopher Lynne Rudder Baker has outlined four main contemporary approaches to belief in her controversial book Saving Belief : . Strategic approaches make a distinction between rules, norms and beliefs as follows: 1 Rules. Explicit regulative processes such as policies, laws, inspection routines, or incentives.