By Kirk J. Schneider
Awakening to Awe is a self-help meditation on an alternative—and growing—spiritual stream. this can be a circulation constituted of those that refuse the "quick-fix" version for therapeutic, even if that version includes popping tablets, indulging in fabric comforts, or adhering to doctrinal dogmas. in contrast, the circulate approximately which Schneider writes consists of people that have built the means to adventure the humility and sweetness, or in brief, awe, of existence deeply lived.
In specific, this publication highlights the tales of people that during the cultivation of awe have reworked their lives. for instance, readers will notice how awe reworked the lifetime of an ex-gang member right into a cherished and efficient gang mediator, an ex-drug addict right into a communally unsleeping healer, and a patient of degree 3 melanoma right into a contemplative and non secular seeker. The e-book also will tell readers concerning the demanding situations and joys of awe-based child-raising, schooling, humor, political activism, and getting older. Drawing at the philosophy of Schneider's past paintings, the acclaimed Rediscovery of Awe, Awakening to Awe tells the down-to-earth tales of a quiet but rising revolution within the transformation of lives.
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It’s like looking at their own souls. It’s like looking in the mirror. . We’re conditioned 44 AWAKENING IN EDUCATION not to look in the mirror and go, “Wow,” because [you might be considered] conceited . . or egotistical. . ” To me, that is one of the most rewarding experiences that I have [deriving] from the work that I do—when I see that suddenly happen to these kids. And I get the awe in viewing it. KS: So it seems you’re giving permission to these kids . . to open up. JH: Yes, and that goes back to that [theme of] field work.
34 AWAKENING IN EDUCATION KS: How did you initially become stirred by awe? JH: I have, just like everyone else, the ability to be stirred and moved by outer experiences. What stirred me the most at an early age were two thought-provoking experiences. One was when I was a kid about 8 or 9 walking in Oakland with my mom [who] had some business to take care of, and there was this man laying in front of a doorstep with a newspaper covering him. It was a rainy, cold day, and I just stopped dead in my tracks.
There are certain things that are permissible in [a field]. [For example,] in the field of your [therapy] office, people are given permission, and a lot of times they’ll use it to open up, express themselves, speak from it. You go to a baseball game . . and you have permission to play as strong and hard [as you can] on a professional level. You go to my classes . . there’s permission there, written and unwritten, that it’s OK for expression. KS: [And you] have so much to do with the permission.
Awakening to Awe: Personal Stories of Profound Transformation by Kirk J. Schneider