Steps Towards a Living Spirituality
by Constance McCLain & James Walker
Pub Date 14 Jan 2019
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Mindful Paths: Steps Towards a Living Spirituality is a result of Constance McClain's 30 year exploration into the vast world of spiritual practices and religious commonalities. Her work has evolved as a key component of a fully-accredited college curriculum in Holistic Health - the first of its kind in the state of California.
This holistic approach, designed to guide students into an embodied awareness of the spirit within through integrated work in a variety of mindfulness practices, is now available for the very first time to a broader audience.
Mindful Paths: Steps Towards a Living Spirituality is a guide that embraces spirit-driven mindfulness: to ourselves as uniquely creative embodiments of spirit, and to others, by encouraging that we live our most authentic lives, with a fully heart-centered outlook, based on a foundation of deep reflection and discernment.
Please join Constance and co-author James, in an adventure of the Spirit, which will transform you and change the ways in which you perceive yourself, your personal possiblilities, and your relationship with others forever. You will gain an ever-expanded sense of respect and reverence for a world in need of larger love, compassion, and human rights.
Mindful Paths: Steps Towards A Living Spirituality by Constance McClain and James Anthony Walker provides an inspiring compendium of spiritual wisdom and practice along with practical worksheets to help each reader define and refine the depth and breadth of their own spiritual being. Based on decades of study with many great teachers, and in turn teaching hundreds of their own students, I highly recommend it both for beginners and those who have already set out on their spiritual journey.
-Ed Bastian, PhD Founder, Spiritual Paths Institute Author, “Living Fully, Dying Well: Reflecting on Death to Find Your Life’s Meaning”
Even though you really don’t know where you are going, sometimes you need a roadmap to get there. Revs. Constance McClain and James Anthony Walker’s Mindful Paths: Steps Towards A Living Spirituality is that roadmap.
It doesn’t presume to know who you are or where you need to go, but invites you to discover both through deep and practical exercises of self inquiry. This book requires both light reading and heavy lifting. Read the book. Do the work.
-Rabbi Rami Shapiro Author, “The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness”
This new collaboration between Revs. Constance McClain and James Anthony Walker is a gem of a book, and a revelation. With great care and ease, they offer a loving introduction to spirituality as a vital dimension to our health and well-being which is deeply compelling — and potentially life-changing.
As method, they only ask for our honest, personal investment in ourselves — and therefore to the means affording a more spiritual life. They systematically ask us to consider the big questions of our deepest reality, and invite us to become increasingly aware of the rich inner life uniquely our own.
Whether you are currently engaged in a religious path, or instead find yourself to be “spiritual but not religious,” their compassionate work is an opportunity to deepen and grow. Their work is user-friendly and extremely timely, for it encourages our consideration of the impact and transformation that spirituality can have an each of us as individuals — and therefore on our culture at large, sorely in need of our loving care and consciousness. Highly recommended.
-Rev. David B. Wallace Dean, One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, NYC
If you find that you are embarking on a personal journey of spirit, I encourage you to avail yourself of the warm and wise guidance of the Revs. Constance McClain and James Anthony Walker. Their own sacred journeys have not been direct or easy, but those rough patches have afforded them an insight and generosity of spirit that simply radiates from these lovingly written pages. Surrender to the sensible guidance of these two Divine tour guides. You can trust that they will point you in the direction that is exactly right for you.
-Rev. Tony Martin, LCSW Dean, One Spirit Interfaith Seminary
This book is a welcome addition to the literature on mindfulness. Anyone, of whatever faith, or of none, can benefit from the valuable information, spiritual wisdom, and practical, doable steps towards a more meaningful and spiritual life within this wonderful book.
The exercises and lessons will lead the reader to a richer, more meaningful life, as well as to increased serenity and peace of mind. I am happy to endorse it without reservations.
-Rabbi Richard Ettelson, Ph.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Pastoral Counselor
Mindful Paths: Steps Towards A Living Spirituality is an extensive presentation on spirituality as an important dimension of our health — broken down, explained and fully supported with the aid of detailed self-help exercises. I was impressed by the threads of knowledge presented here, the extent to which they are all woven together, and their impact on that which I thought I knew, but didn’t.“
-Julie Taguchi, MD Sansum Clinic Ridley-Tree Oncology Center
“It is in the struggle that we learn to fly.” Mindful Paths: Steps Towards A Living Spirituality is a wonderful guide to reflection, and a thoughtful workbook for cultivating reverence, through actively engaging our soul across all dimensions of this amazing journey Home.
-Camille Hamilton Adams Helminski Author, “Ninety Nine Names of the Beloved”