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*Read E-pub ⚼ How Then, Shall We Live?: Four Simple Questions That Reveal the Beauty and Meaning of Our Lives ë We all long to experience a sense of inner wholeness and guidance, but today s notions of healing and recovery too often keep us focused on our brokenness, on our deficiencies rather than our strengths Wayne Muller s luminous new book gently guides us to the place where we are already perfect, already blessed with the wisdom we need to live a life of meaning, purpose and graceHe starts, as do so many spiritual teachers, with simple questions Who am I What do I love How shall I live, knowing I will die What is my gift to the family of the earth He then takes us deeper, exploring each question through transformative true stories We meet men and women Wayne s neighbors, friends, patients who have discovered love, courage, and kindness even in the midst of sorrow and loss And through them we glimpse that relentless spark of spiritual magic that burns within each of usWoven throughout are contemplations, daily practices, poems, and teachings from the great wisdom teachings Page by page, we become awake to the joy and mystery of this precious human life, and to the unique gifts every one of us has to offer the world Lovely, well written book that causes you to think deeply about your place in the world The four questions posed are Who am I, What do I love, How shall I live knowing I am going to die, and What is my gift to the family of the world A worthy read. It took me seven years to read this book That s almost two years for each of the author s four simple questions And it was worth every minute Incidentally, I discovered this book through reading Sentipensante Sensing Thinking Pedagogy Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice and Liberation by Laura Rend n I realized I had already facilitated a discussion on the first question in 2010, and over the remainder of the decade, I convened discussions on each of the remaining questions Muller s It took me seven years to read this book That s almost two years for each of the author s four simple questions And it was worth every minute Incidentally, I discovered this book through reading Sentipensante Sensing Thinking Pedagogy Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice and Liberation by Laura Rend n I realized I had already facilitated a discussion on the first question in 2010, and over the remainder of the decade, I convened discussions on each of the remaining questions Muller s book served as the inspiration and basis for those conversations Highly recommended for personal reflection Wayne Muller is an ordained minister, psychotherapist and best selling author A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, he has spent the last twenty five years working closely with some of the most disadvantaged members of society He founded Bread for the Journey, a national, nonprofit charity serving the poor and underprivileged Muller s meditation on four simple questions takes him far afield into revealing much of himself, the struggles and victories of the many he helps and into beautiful, i Wayne Muller is an ordained minister, psychotherapist and best selling author A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, he has spent the last twenty five years working closely with some of the most disadvantaged members of society He founded Bread for the Journey, a national, nonprofit charity serving the poor and underprivileged Muller s meditation on four simple questions takes him far afield into revealing much of himself, the struggles and victories of the many he helps and into beautiful, illustrative literature and stories from world religions At the end of each section he has inventive exercises that help the reader find her answer to these immortal questions The questions Who am I The way we feel about ourselves, the way we live our lives depends upon how we answer this question Am I the sum of my symptoms Am I the roles I play, my job titles, what others think of me Have I shrunk to the circumference of a label others placed upon me Or is there a hidden wholeness within that I must strive to connect with each day Jesus answered the question in saying You are the light of the world He did not say you are the light of the world if you grew up in a rich or famous family, or if you are svelte and good looking, if you have never been abused or a child of a broken home No, regardless of the shape of the sorrow or victory or grief or ecstasy we have been given, there is a potent inner luminosity that is never extinguished and is alive in us this instant 17 We come into the world with a true self that lets us know when we have gone astray from our nature as children of God Ask yourself throughout the day, Who am I Pay attention to the breadth of your answers Which reflect your deepest nature What do I love You cannot love everything or everyone Jesus said Where your treasure is there will you heart be also The aim of this section is to help you with the fruitful challenge of discerning and choosing those things you truly love to reset your center of gravity Who and what gets most of your attention Attention is the tangible measure of love p 87 Look through you date book, recall your week Where are most of you time and energy going This is where your love is going too Do you need a course correction, a realignment between what you do and what you profess doing In a world where doing isimportant that being, we can easily lose ourselves in doing too much Gather some magazines and cut out those pictures that seem powerful and intriguing As you do this keep in mind this one question, What do I love What do you notice of each, how do they make you feel, pick one and ask what it says to you about your inner life, what you love P 123 How shall I live, knowing I will die It is life s impermanence that makes us value it so dearly Nothing intensifies life as the scare of facing death Suddenly, life is intense, the unnecessary fades, worries about money are eclipsed by the preciousness of our remaining time If we are not careful, our life becomes a joyless grind of work and chores How many of us want immortality but don t know what to do with ourselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon Who of us is just passing through this life waiting for a happierfulfilling afterlife Take an hour to plan your own memorial service Who do you want to be there, for what do you want to be remembered, what do you want people to say What is the primary legacy of your life What would you like your epitaph to say This exercise may afford you some surprises about the kind of life you want to live What one thing can you do to begin this life P 204 What is my gift to the family on the earth If you believe what Jesus told you that you are the light of the world, then upon what do you shine that light Or do you hide it behind sorrow, or hurts and try to save it like the last morsel of bread It is only from the broken places of our life that our light can shine It is in suffering we gain wisdom, and in trials that we learn empathy Our gift is ourselves, in whatever manifestation of generosity we share it Daily we are given opportunities to offer our gifts to fellow workers, family, strangers, to the lonely, dying, to our planet and its many endangered species who have given us so much Take a day and track your impulse to give in different circumstances Does giving emerge naturally or is it hindered by a sense of obligation, or resentment Notice how it feels to give of yourself Does it produce happiness or leave you feeling weary and drained P 253 How Then, Shall We Live makes you aware of the need to listen and to learn from your inner life As Emerson wrote Our life is an apprenticeship to truth, that around every circle another can be drawnunder every deep a lower deep opens A refreshingly direct, rich, and straightforward discussion of spirituality and personal integrity Read a little integrate a little read a littleMuller, an ordained minister and practicing psychotherapist, shares a wealth of personal and poignant stories I welcomed that his narrative style offers stories with which ordinary people can resonate.The book is structured by the questions 1 Who am I 2 What do I love 3 How shall I live, knowing I will die 4 What is my gift to the A refreshingly direct, rich, and straightforward discussion of spirituality and personal integrity Read a little integrate a little read a littleMuller, an ordained minister and practicing psychotherapist, shares a wealth of personal and poignant stories I welcomed that his narrative style offers stories with which ordinary people can resonate.The book is structured by the questions 1 Who am I 2 What do I love 3 How shall I live, knowing I will die 4 What is my gift to the family of the Earth Nice discussion of each question, sufficiently in depth to be insightful and yet sufficiently open ended to evoke the reader s own exploration Several great exercises to try, readily practiced in an everyday life.I also appreciated the nice range of resources cited to complement his own writing, including Christian, Jewish, and Buddhist texts but not limited to these.I borrowed it from our local library will be happy to have my own copy one day