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Books from Jack Kornfield

 Life in Five Chapters

1. I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost ...I am hopeless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

2. I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I’m in the same place.
But it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

3. I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in...it’s a habit
My eyes are open
I know where I am
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

4. I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

5. I walk down another street.

 A Course in Miracles

"A Course in Miracles begins... Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God."

Practical Advice for Living on the Spiritual Path

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Life on the spiritual path is not all roses or even milk and honey. Despite the hype of the "enlightenment-in-one-weekend" brigade and self-appointed gurus that promise eternal happiness if only you follow their method, the reality is a lot more mundane. You will come off that spiritual high. You will find yourself back in the dungeon of dispair. And you will find yourself back on the peaks of joy and connectedness. On this page are works from authors that know the perils of spiritual life and can offer sage advice for life on the Path. Or is that a spiral?

Jack Kornfield's "After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path" is a personal favourite. It will show you you are not alone.

Charlotte Kasl's "If the Buddha Got Stuck: A Handbook for Change on a Spiritual Path" is a gentle nudge back on to the path. It never fails to work if you listen with an open heart and mind. She has several other books for particular advice in areas we might lose our way. Watch out for her new book on children.

After the Ecstasy comes the Laundry

"“Enlightenment does exist,” Jack Kornfield assures us. “Unbounded freedom and joy, oneness with the divine ... these experiences are more common than you know, and not far away.”

But even after achieving such realization — after the ecstasy — we are faced with the day-to-day task of translating that freedom into our imperfect lives. We are faced with the laundry.

Drawing on the experiences and insights of leaders and practitioners within the Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and Sufi traditions, this book offers a uniquely intimate and honest understanding of how the modern spiritual journey unfolds — and how we can prepare our hearts for awakening. ... we learn how the enlightened heart navigates the real world of family relationships, emotional pain, earning a living, sickness, loss, and death."

Books from Charlotte Kasl

"Perennial favorites, Charlotte Kasl’s If the Buddha Dated and If the Buddha Married have inspired readers with their empowering blend of spiritual and psychological insights.

Her latest, If the Buddha Got Stuck, is a wise yet lighthearted book that will speak to anyone who's ever experienced being stuck in life and wanted to break free.

With her signature clarity, wisdom, and warm heart, Kasl presents readers with seven steps that tap into life’s bigger picture: Notice Where You’re Stuck; Show Up; Pay Attention; Live in Reality; Connect with Others; Move From Thought to Action; and Let Go.

Full of insight from Buddhist and other teachings that emphasize the joy that comes with letting go of attachments to events and things, If the Buddha Got Stuck is an inspirational and practical roadmap to a more joyful, peaceful, and fulfilling life."