Momma Zen

Author: Karen Maezen Miller
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834824892
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Combining humor, honesty, and plainspoken advice, Momma Zen distills the doubts and frustrations of parenting into vignettes of Zen wisdom. Drawing on her experience as a first-time mother, and on her years of Zen meditation and study, Miller explores how the daily challenges of parenthood can become the most profound spiritual journey of our lives. This compelling and wise memoir follows the timeline of early motherhood from pregnancy through toddlerhood. Momma Zen takes readers on a transformative journey, charting a mother’s growth beyond naive expectations and disorientation to finding fulfillment in ordinary tasks, developing greater self-awareness and acceptance—to the gradual discovery of "maternal bliss," a state of abiding happiness and ease that is available to us all. In her gentle and reassuring voice, Karen Miller convinces us that ancient and authentic spiritual lessons can be as familiar as a lullaby, as ordinary as pureed peas, and as frequent as a sleepless night. She offers encouragement for the hard days, consolation for the long haul, and the lightheartedness every new mom needs to face the crooked path of motherhood straight on.

Der Dude und sein Zen Meister

Author: Jeff Bridges
Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE
ISBN: 3838753089
Format: PDF, ePub
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Der Dude ist nicht nur die unangefochtene Kultfigur aus 'The Big Lebowsky', er ist auch das Alter Ego von Jeff Bridges. Der bekannte Schauspieler aus fast fünfzig Hollywood-Filmen, ausgezeichnet mit dem Golden Globe Award und dem Oscar als bester Hauptdarsteller, ist als Privatperson niemals in Erscheinung getreten. Im Gespräch mit Zen-Meister Bernie Glassman entsteht der private Kosmos des zurückhaltenden, multitalentierten Künstlers, seine Ansichten über das Leben, seine Philosophie und seine größte Rolle.

Was ist Gott

Author: Etan Boritzer
Publisher: epubli
ISBN: 3737562679
Format: PDF
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"Was ist Gott" bietet eine seltene, interkonfessionelle Herangehensweise an ein für Kinder schwer verständliches Thema. Es ermutigt Kinder (und Erwachsene), die unterschiedlichen Glaubensrichtungen der Welt gleichermaßen zu respektieren. In einer von religiösem Eifer zerrissenen Welt wird den Kindern geholfen, das Gemeinsame der unterschiedlichen Konfessionen zu begreifen und vielleicht ein tiefes Gespür für Toleranz zu entwickeln.

Parenting in the Present Moment

Author: Carla Naumburg
Publisher: Parallax Press
ISBN: 1937006840
Format: PDF
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This generation of parents is overwhelmed with parenting advice; Carla Naumburg sets out to remind them that they have everything they need to raise healthy, happy children. Mindful parenting is about paying attention to what is going on with your children and yourself without judging it or freaking out about it or thinking everyone, including yourself and your child, should be doing something differently. In Parenting in the Present Moment, Naumburg shares what truly matters in parenting—connecting with children in ways that are meaningful to them and you, staying grounded amidst the craziness of parenting, and staying present for whatever life throws your way. With reassuring, compassionate storytelling, she weaves the most current theories—about healthy relationships, compassionate self-care, and mindfulness—throughout vignettes of her own chaotic childhood and parental struggles. She shows how mindfulness creates a solid foundation for any style of parenting, regardless of your cultural background, socio-economic status, or family structure. She also introduces the STAY model for tough times: Stop whatever it is you’re doing; Take a Breath; Attune to you thoughts and those of your child; and Yield to what is happening so you can respond from a place of connection and compassion. Parenting is an ongoing journey that constantly challenges every parent. Parenting in the Present Moment will help each family find its own way.

How Pop Culture Shapes the Stages of a Woman s Life

Author: Melissa Ames
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137566183
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Contemporary popular culture has created a slew of stereotypical roles for girls and women to (willingly or not) play throughout their lives: The Princess, the Nymphette, the Diva, the Single Girl, the Bridezilla, the Tiger Mother, the M.I.L.F, the Cougar, and more. In this book Ames and Burcon investigate the role of cultural texts in gender socialization at specific pre-scripted stages of a woman's life (from girls to the "golden girls") and how that instruction compounds over time. By studying various texts (toys, magazines, blogs, tweets, television shows, Hollywood films, novels, and self-help books) they argue that popular culture exists as a type of funhouse mirror constantly distorting the real world conditions that exist for women, magnifying the gendered expectations they face. Despite the many problematic, conflicting messages women receive throughout their lives, this book also showcases the ways such messages are resisted, allowing women to move past the blurry reality they broadcast and toward, hopefully, gender equality.

Bekenntnisse eines ungl ubigen Buddhisten

Author: Stephen Batchelor
Publisher: Ludwig
ISBN: 3641038979
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Die alte Weisheit Buddhas für die Welt von heute An den Buddhismus muss man nicht »glauben« – und schon gar nicht an Wiedergeburt und Nirwana: Der international bekannte Buddhist und Bestsellerautor Stephen Batchelor befreit die fernöstliche Weisheitslehre vom religiösen Überbau und beweist eindringlich, dass sie vor allem eine praktische Anleitung für ein authentisches Leben im Hier und Jetzt ist. Sein neues Buch ist die spannende Geschichte einer lebenslangen Sinnsuche. Sie wird nicht nur Buddhisten faszinieren, sondern alle »Ungläubigen« auf der Suche nach Orientierung. Als Jugendlicher landet Stephen Batchelor Anfang der 70er Jahre eher zufällig in Indien und entdeckt den Buddhismus. Mit 21 wird er Mönch und beschäftigt sich intensiv mit verschiedenen Formen des tibetischen und des Zen-Buddhismus. Doch bald kommen ihm Zweifel, denn die im Buddhismus so zentrale Vorstellung der Wiedergeburt ist seinem westlich geprägten Denken nicht zugänglich. Batchelors tiefe Glaubenskrise und seine Auseinandersetzung mit dem historischen Buddha bringen ihn zu der Überzeugung, dass man für die zeitlose Weisheit des Buddhismus Worte und Ausdrucksformen finden muss, die auch im Westen verstanden werden. Für ihn ist er keine Religion, sondern der Weg zu einem achtsamen, mitfühlenden Denken und Handeln in einer leiderfüllten Welt – ein Weg, der uns auch heute noch bereichern und erfüllen kann. Stephen Batchelors Geschichte inspiriert alle, für die stetiges Zweifeln und die Auseinandersetzung mit religiösen Dogmen untrennbar mit Erkenntnis und mit Spiritualität verbunden sind. Die packende Geschichte einer Sinnsuche – nicht nur für Buddhisten.

The Rainbow Way

Author: Lucy H. Pearce
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
ISBN: 1782790276
Format: PDF, ePub
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Visioned as the guide and mentor that most creative women yearn for, but never find in their daily lives, The Rainbow Way explores the depths of the creative urge, from psychological, biological, spiritual and cultural perspectives. This positive, nurturing and practical book will help to empower you to unlock your creative potential within the constraints of your demanding life as a mother. Featuring the wisdom of over fifty creative mothers: artists, writers, film-makers, performers and crafters, including: Jennifer Louden (multiple best-selling author), Pam England (author, artist and founder Birthing From Within), Julie Daley (writer, photographer, dancer and creator of Unabashedly Female), Indigo Bacal (founder of WILDE Tribe). Foreword by Leonie Dawson (author, artist, entrepreneur and women’s business and creativity mentor).

Ties That Bind

Author: Reiko Ohnuma
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199915660
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Reiko Ohnuma offers a wide-ranging exploration of the complex role of maternal imagery and discourse in pre-modern South Asian Buddhism. Motherhood was sometimes extolled as the most appropriate symbol for buddhahood itself, and sometimes denigrated as the most paradigmatic manifestation of attachment and suffering. In Buddhist literature, feelings of love and gratitude for the mother's nurturance frequently mingle with submerged feelings of hostility and resentment for the unbreakable obligations thus created, and positive images of self-sacrificing mothers are counterbalanced by horrific depictions of mothers who kill and devour. Institutionally, the formal definition of the Buddhist renunciant as one who has severed all familial ties seems to co-exist uneasily with an abundance of historical evidence demonstrating monks' and nuns' continuing concern for their mothers, as well as other familial entanglements. Ohnuma's study provides critical insight into Buddhist depictions of maternal love and grief, the role of the Buddha's own mothers, Maya and Mahaprajapata, the use of pregnancy and gestation as metaphors for the attainment of enlightenment, the use of breastfeeding as a metaphor for the compassionate deeds of buddhas and bodhisattvas, and the relationship between Buddhism and motherhood as it actually existed in day-to-day life.