Profound empathy. Clear insight. A gift for healing. These are just some of the talents of the “spiritually sensitive” person―yet these apparent blessings can often become a source of loneliness, self-doubt, and limitation. Belonging Here is a lifesaving book that shows how our spiritual gifts become entryways into both the depths of human connection and our innermost selves.
Written by one spiritual sensitive for another, Belonging Here draws from Dr. Blackstone's personal story as well as her 30-year psychotherapy practice, which has focused on teaching clients how to integrate personal healing and spiritual awakening through an embodied approach she calls the Realization Process. Join this pioneering teacher to explore five of the most common challenges of the spiritually sensitive, along with exercises and meditations for living mindfully and compassionately with each, including:
Thin Skin―how to create strong but permeable boundaries between ourselves and the external environment
Landing on Earth―staying grounded within the whole of one's body by mending inner fragmentation
Hearing the Cries of the World―how to open to our own joy even as we respond to the suffering in the world around us
Shape Shifters―removing the protective masks of the false personality
The Stranger―how to make the return from self-exile to self-acceptance
You can live authentically in a world that once seemed alien. You can find happiness and acceptance where isolation and confusion have reigned. You can come home at last, with Belonging Here.
Judith Blackstone Ph.D.
Brand: Sounds True
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I highly recommend this book.
This original and groundbreaking book by Judith Blackstone addresses five specific challenges that spiritually sensitive people face. These challenges, while difficult, can also be understood as abilities or gifts that can be cultivated. In other words, they are both challenges and strengths that, when developed, can make life richer and more meaningful.
These challenges/gifts include:
* The challenge of being overwhelmed by sensory stimuli. This comes from a subtle attunement and sensitivity to the world, which makes colors, sounds, smells, and other sensory stimuli impact us with unusual intensity. What most people would experience as mildly abrasive is experienced as highly uncomfortable or even intolerable. Yet this challenge is also the gift of being deeply touched and moved by life, the gift of contact and intimacy, when resilience to it is developed.
* The challenge of becoming grounded. The...
Judith Blackstone's work is simple, effective, and deeply sustaining. She's uncovered an easy method to inhabit one's whole body and then attune to the fabric of all-that-is. If you feel overwhelmed by the world, if you withdraw or over reach for connection, learning to embody the quality of your self and then attuning to fundamental consciousness will soothe your fears and heal your deepest wounds. Most of her basic exercises are in this book. All it takes is practice and desire. (if you intend to practice Judith's work, I recommend the CD set published by SoundsTrue to guide the exercises). Belonging Here is the most comprehensive and appealing of all of her books. Readable and insightful; compelling if you are a seeker. I have sought enlightenment via embodiment for 40-years; Judith Blackstone has given me a readable map for that journey.
Beautifully written and so grounded in reality and personal insight! After experiencing a non-dual awakening 18 months ago, the consistent overarching question has been, how do I live what I now know to be True? What does this understanding look like in the day-to-day life? How does one live as Presence? As I've found that the best meals contain few ingredients, simple wisdom can be the most profound. Embody Consciousness by being consciously in the body! Of course there's a bit more to it than that - the mind wants all the whys and hows - and the author delivers confidently and experiencially with practices that are compelling and easy to follow. I'll be purchasing this for two spiritually sensitive friends and sharing the practices with my daughter whom I feel I know better now because of this book. A very important work. In deep gratitude.
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