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Almost Hereditary A White Southerner S Journey Out Of Racism

Author : Bill Drake
ISBN : 9780692277706
Genre : Social Science
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Almost Hereditary is one person's story of overcoming the racism that was passed down in his family from generation to generation. It is a story of transformation that offers hope to others who want to see less prejudice in the world around them. As well as sharing the history of his family and his own journey, the author addresses causes of prejudice and offers specific steps to overcome prejudice in oneself and society. The book includes excerpts from diaries of the author's great-great-grandmother, a slave owner, quotes from slaves' stories, and photographs. Advice for student groups that want to diminish prejudice on high school and college campuses and discussion questions for classes and book clubs are included. Praise for Almost Hereditary: (1) "An important perspective from someone who grew up in a world poisoned by racism but learned to see others in a more tolerant light." - Benjamin Todd Jealous, former President and CEO of the NAACP; (2) "Bill Drake writes with disarming humility that guides the reader into a real yet non-judgmental conversation about the nature of prejudice....With support from his book I have found a greater courage to examine the prejudice that lives in me." - Rob Steffke, youth therapist and mentor, Movimiento; (3) "Almost Hereditary has been a valuable supplement for my class on the Cultural Politics of Peace. It would be an excellent complementary reading for both undergraduate and graduate courses in race and ethnic relations, conflict resolution, and social inequality." - Jeffrey G. Toussaint, PhD, Dept. of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Old Dominion University; (4) "Bill Drake's story is an inspiration to our students and staff, and lends hope and promise to a situation that can often feel despairing....Almost Hereditary would be a valuable complement to appropriate high school and college classes." - Dan Frisella, Principal, Nevada Union High School, Grass Valley, CA; (5) "Almost Hereditary, as a book club choice, has generated lively group participation. The sheer humility of the author's inner search, openness, candor, and the fruits of his dedicated research touch a poignant cord for many readers...Because it is part memoir, the experiences Bill Drake lays out can resonate without indicting, thus inspiring meaningful introspection or group dialogue." - Teresa Langness, author of Nine O'Clock Blue (Writer's Showcase 2001), Nevada County Baha'i Book Club Co-Convenor.

Radical Acceptance

Author : Tara Brach
ISBN : 9781446445426
Genre : Religion
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In the West, most of us have suffered the fear of not being 'good enough', feeling insecure about our appearance, our sexuality, our intelligence, our spiritual progress or - often most importantly - being worthy of love. When these feelings of insufficiency or self-aversion are strong, we fear abandonment and rejection. Many people have already found the Buddhist perspective on our emotional life to be extremely valuable - and this book will be a major practical contribution to the subject.

Anytime Coaching Unleashing Employee Performance Second Edition

Author : Teresa Wedding Kloster
ISBN : 9781567264814
Genre : Business & Economics
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The Practical Leader series offers a roadmap for individuals striving to achieve leadership effectiveness within the context of today's complex world. Each book explores a different essential element of successful leadership, providing readers with insightful, real-world perspectives, as well as practical tools and techniques, to help them maximize their potential personally and professionally. Real-life stories, practical tips and techniques, and the Anytime Coaching model equip managers with a set of coaching tools they can use immediately to transform the way they work with employees and colleagues. This second edition describes how recent findings in neuroscience support the effectiveness of Anytime Coaching practices. You will also discover how the practice of mindfulness can enhance your ability to observe yourself and others. Practical tools and exercises to help you be more present, aware, and focused in day-to-day interactions are included. Whether you lead a cross-functional team on a short-term project or formally manage large groups of people on a daily basis, Anytime Coaching will help you improve performance and achieve results. "This simple, practical approach to coaching makes it possible for managers to be great coaches anytime. Understand and apply this simple coaching model immediately and transform your workplace!" --Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times bestselling author of Triggers, MOJO, and What Got You Here Won't Get You There "The practices and principles offered in Anytime Coaching cut through to the basics of what you need to make a difference in other people's lives. This book is remarkably well-organized, clear, and deep; it is for coaches at all levels of experience, and for anyone who wants to be a masterful, wise communicator." --Tara Brach, Ph.D., author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge "Expanded and updated with the latest research from the fields of neuroscience and mindfulness, this new edition of Anytime Coaching is a well-organized, easy-to-read roadmap for managers and leaders who want to unlock the potential of their team members through coaching. Once you read it, you'll use it again and again as an essential reference on your leadership bookshelf. --Scott Eblin, author of The Next Level and Overworked and Overwhelmed "Anytime Coaching is absolutely one of the most practical guides to effective coaching I have encountered in my 20 years as a certified coach. Cover-to-cover, the book is full of valuable tools. The integration of new findings from neuroscience and mindfulness helps leaders and coaches deepen their understanding not only of the what and the how, but also the why, of effective coaching. Enthusiastically recommended for beginning and experienced coaches and managers alike. Well, well done!" --Chalmers Brothers, author, Language and the Pursuit of Happiness "Anytime Coaching provides a very useful blueprint for building a coaching culture in any type of organization large or small, private or government, profit or nonprofit by focusing on the four most important underlying coaching skills. With its addition of the latest insights from the fields of neuroscience and mindfulness, I highly recommend Anytime Coaching for anyone seeking to make their organization a more humane and productive place to work." --Ed Modell, JD, PCC, Past President, International Coach Federation

True Refuge

Author : Tara Brach
ISBN : 0553386344
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
File Size : 77. 45 MB
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The award-winning author of Radical Acceptance presents an accessible guide to tapping inner resources to promote peace and acceptance in the face of difficult life challenges, building on the three traditional Buddhist pathways to freedom while offering meditation guidelines and illustrative stories about people who have achieved a state of presence during times of crisis.

A Lamp In The Darkness

Author : Jack Kornfield
ISBN : 9781604074482
Genre : Religion
File Size : 86. 26 MB
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Presents spiritual and psychological insights on ways to cope with pain, suffering, and difficult times in one's life.

Mindfulness Meditation Made Simple

Author : Charles a. Francis
ISBN : 0990840506
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
File Size : 31. 6 MB
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Transform Your Life and Relationships with the 12 Steps of the Mindfulness Meditation Practice Through the clear instructions and simple exercises, you will gain a solid foundation of this time-tested ancient practice, and get the results you want. Mindfulness Meditation Made Simple explains the exact meditation techniques in an easy-to-follow process. It then gives you tips for enhancing your practice. Foreword by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, best-selling author of "Mindfulness in Plain English." In today's world, many people are coming to the realization that searching for happiness through achievements and material possessions simply adds to their rising stress levels, only bringing them more chaos and unhappiness. As they are forced to re-evaluate the direction of their lives, they begin searching for an alternate road to happiness and inner peace. This is why millions of people are taking up the practice of mindfulness meditation. True inner peace only comes through the realization of who you are at the deepest level, and development of the inner strength to meet life's challenges. When you are ready to be truly at peace, Mindfulness Meditation Made Simple will show you the way. Through this new and unique 12-step approach, you will learn how to: Overcome the stress of daily life Improve your health and well-being Heal the emotional wounds from your past Improve your relationships with loved ones Discover your true potential And when you see for yourself that you're connected with the rest of humanity, loneliness and insecurity will disappear forever. "In a hands-on style, this book effectively cuts through common obstacles to the practice." --Sharon Salzberg, author of New York Times best seller "Real Happiness"

Shift Into Freedom

Author : Loch Kelly
ISBN : 9781622033898
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
File Size : 31. 82 MB
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It is possible to access the same sense of well-being, clarity, inner freedom, and loving connection realized by the world’s meditation masters. We can do this by shifting our awareness in the midst of our daily lives. Shift into Freedom presents innovative teacher Loch Kelly’s training manual for actively participating in the evolution of your own consciousness. Synthesizing insights from neuroscience and psychology with wisdom from the world’s contemplative traditions, Shift into Freedom offers an accessible and remarkably powerful series of meditations that lead us to a little-known natural capacity called “awake awareness.” Through an unfolding process of “small glimpses, many times,” these exercises shift us from a thought-based knowing to an awareness-based way of operating in the world. With continued practice, we learn to “unhook” from our customary home in our ego-based identity—and then sustain an embodied presence and relatedness known as “open-hearted awareness.” Loch Kelly teaches that this is “the meeting place of awakening and growing up, where we have the capacity to handle a fully emotional, intimate life and act with authenticity and compassion.” Learn more about: • How to separate awareness from thinking to realize that thoughts and emotions are not the center of who we are • How insights from neuroscience can help us learn how to embody awakening • Ego-identification, a pattern of thought that co-opts the body’s boundary program and creates a mistaken identity • The paradox of “being home while returning home” • Finding the off-switch for the chattering mind • How to intentionally and immediately shift into peace of mind any time of your day • Awakening as a natural process of human development, which unfolds as waking up, waking in, and waking out • Meditation practices for all phases of the journey of awakening and embodiment • Four stages of spiritual growth: recognition, realization, stabilization, and expression • Untying the “knots” in our mindbody system to liberate us from our deepest doubts and fears • How to move from deliberate mindfulness to effortless mindfulness and heart mindfulness • How to effortlessly focus without using attention • Discovering your innate happiness that is not dependent on circumstances • How to welcome and liberate sub-personalities after initial awakening • A user’s manual for your consciousness to help you free yourself from the limits of ego-identification and live from open-hearted awareness

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