These books are inspired by my dad who survived a 100 foot hang gliding fall in 1984 when I was twelve years old. Since then I have watched him journey the path of recovery. Throughout the past 34 years since the injury, he has used the meditation techniques found inside this book to (not only cope with multiple losses but) live happily ever after—despite a traumatic brain injury that left him permanently disabled. Today Dad is 88 years old and says the accident was the best thing that could have ever happened to him. The fall introduced him to the realm of meditation, a relaxing practice he would have never tried if he had remained “normal” (as a systems engineer and church elder!).
The mindful ideas can be practiced by anyone, at any time, and at any location. It does not matter who you are or what limitations, political, or religious leanings one way or another, you might have. Need to “stay calm and carry on” in today’s harsh landscape which seems so divided on various levels? For anyone of us who has ever been demeaned and demoralized prompted by misconstrued assumptions about who “you” are, use one or two of these suggestions for your benefit. This writing was originally intended only for myself to refer to as needed, but due to encouragement, I am sharing them briefly with the public for the first time here. I hope you find value in a few of the ideas.
Gentle Wisdom for the Heart, Mind, and Soul
“This book in gently insightful into several themes that concern us as humans living at this point in history. The author blends Eastern thought and applies it to life in the West. The book is divided into twenty-plus chapters that are on different topics. The topics are interrelated and several greater themes emerge like the meaning of nature in our mechanized, technical lives and the different levels of healing that the body, mind, and soul may need. The author has an easy-to-understand way of writing even on some of these more difficult and abstract topics. She gently and kindly encourages us to explore the mental patterns that may or may not be working for us and those around us. In the end, she even includes her own favorite guided meditation. If you’re looking for a book to get you thinking about some of the deeper aspects of what it means to be human, you might enjoy the essays in this book. There’s much food for thought here, so I recommend that you read and digest only one or two chapters/essays at a time to get the most benefit from this book. I also suggest making a little note to yourself at the top of each chapter about what it means to you so that you can more easily come back to it if you find yourself grappling with the topic of the chapter.” – Jamie BJ, Amazon Reader