Modern Psychology and Ancient Wisdom: Psychological Healing Practices from the World's Religious Traditions

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Routledge, Jan 14, 2014 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 290 pages
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Harness the psychospiritual healing potential of prayer, meditation, breathing, and more!

This thoughtful anthology illuminates ancient ways of psychospiritual healing. Research has shown the healing potential of prayer, meditation, controlled breathing, and other timeless spiritual disciplines. This extraordinary book brings together experts who explore these concepts from the perspectives of Christianity, Buddhism, Sufism, the Goddess tradition, Judaism, Native American spirituality, Taoism, and Hinduism/Yoga.

In Modern Psychology and Ancient Wisdom: Psychological Healing Practices from the World’s Religious Traditions, you’ll discover ancient techniques used by teachers, guides, and practitioners through the ages to facilitate psychological healing.

Each chapter of this unique book presents a unique and distinctive view of psychospiritual practice and demonstrates its healing applications. With it, you will explore:
  • the Buddhist concept of Brilliant Sanity and how to help clients reconnect to it through several specific practices
  • ways of accessing the healing power of Christ as employed by various denominations
  • a remarkable collection of metaphors in the Goddess tradition to help in the healing process for battered and abused women
  • Kabbalistic (Jewish mystical) paths to healing
  • Native American healing rituals and tales
  • Sufi stories, poetry, and practices--dance, sound, breathing, turning, walking meditation, and remembrance--that encourage the healing process
  • health and healing resources from the Taoist tradition, including wu-wei (effortless effort), acupuncture, diet and nutrition, and meditation
  • Hindu yoga techniques that employ physical postures, mantric sound, and breath control
  • and much more!
Modern Psychology and Ancient Wisdom is a book that offers important help to the layperson, psychologist, pastoral caregiver, and professor. It will help religious leaders understand more about the practices of other faiths. It is in harmony with the movement of our post-modern world toward multicultural perspectives, offering a large, varied, and meaningful view of the world.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
BUDDHISM
15
CHRISTIANITY
43
GODDESS SPIRITUALITY
71
JUDAISM
97
NATIVE AMERICAN PSYCHOSPIRITUALITY
123
SUFISM
147
TAOISM
173
YOGA AND HINDUISM
199
Conclusion
227
Index
237
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Sharon G. Mijares, psychologist, workshop leader and author, has focused on women's development for over 25 years. She has authored five books, numerous articles and is an influential leader in promoting women's empowerment, gender balance and psychospiritual healing. Aliaa Rafea is a Professor of Anthropology at Ain Shams University, Women's College in Cairo. She has authored and co-authored several books, had chapters in books published in India, Japan, Morocco and the USA, as well as numerous academic articles in international and regional journals. Nahid Angha, Ph. D., is a Sufi Scholar, a Humanitarian, Human Rights activist, Women's Rights activist; Author, Lecturer, and Translator of over fifteen published books. She is the first Muslim woman inducted to the Marin Women's Hall of Fame.

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