How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice

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9780199933969: How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice

Many writing instructors teach writing through autobiography. By considering the lives of others and then contemplating their own lives, aspiring writers discover a wellspring of material that can be used in their prose. While not explicitly for courses, this book follows a similar pedagogical line, focusing specifically on the philosophical and spiritual questions that every person faces in the course of meeting life's challenges. How the Light Gets In encourages readers to contemplate their lives through spiritual observation and exploratory writing. It guides readers through the process in 17 concise thematic chapters that include meditations on fear, freedom, silence, secrets, joy, prayer, tradition, forgiveness, service, social justice, aging, and death. Short poems by Schneider begin each chapter.
Schneider's book is distinct from the many other books in the popular spirituality and creative writing genre by virtue of its approach, using one's lived experience, including the experience of writing, as a springboard for writing about beliefs and faith. As her many followers would attest, Schneider writes with particular clarity and immediacy about the writing process. Her belief that writing about one's life leads to greater consciousness, satisfaction, and wisdom energizes the book and carries the reader gracefully difficult topics.

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About the Author:

Pat Schneider is founder/director emerita of Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) who has personally trained or participated in training of more than 1,000 across the English-speaking world. She is also a celebrated poet. She is the author of nine books including Writing Alone and with Others (OUP, 2003) which has net sales of 21,529 (cloth: 685; paper: 20,844).

Contenuti:

  • TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • PREFACE
  • INTRODUCTION
  • POEM: SOMETIMES WRITING
  • I. THERE IS A SPIRIT
  • POEM: TO BREAK SILENCE
  • II. PRAYER
  • POEM: ABOUT, AMONG OTHER THINGS, GOD
  • III. RANSOM
  • POEM: INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE JOURNEY
  • IV. FEAR
  • POEM: THIS IS A RIVER
  • V. DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL
  • POEM: PERSONAL ADDRESS
  • VI. TRADITION: RELIGION
  • POEM: YOUR BOAT, YOUR WORDS
  • VII. TRADITION: WRITING
  • POEM: BRAIDED RUG
  • VIII. FORGIVING
  • POEM: PENN STATION, NEW YORK CITY
  • IX. RECEIVING FORGIVENESS
  • PLAY EXCERPT: THE UNDERTAKING
  • X. DOING GOOD
  • POEM: TWO THOUSAND DEATHS
  • XI. CHANGING THE WORLD
  • POEM: THIS FLIGHT
  • XII. THE BODY
  • XIII. DEATH
  • JOURNAL ENTRY: BURNING THE TOBACCO
  • XIV. STRANGENESS
  • POEM: THE FISH
  • XV. BELOVED COMMUNITY
  • POEM: THAT ONE
  • XVI. FREEDOM
  • POEM: CONFESSION
  • XVII. JOY
  • POEM: BLESSING FOR A WRITER
  • NOTES FOR TEACHERS, WORKSHOP OR RETREAT LEADERS AND COUNSELORS
  • INDEX

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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press Inc. Hardback. Condizione libro: new. BRAND NEW PRINT ON DEMAND., How the Light Gets in: Writing as a Spiritual Practice, Pat Schneider, Many writing instructors teach writing through autobiography. By considering the lives of others and then contemplating their own lives, aspiring writers discover a wellspring of material that can be used in their prose. While not explicitly for courses, this book follows a similar pedagogical line, focusing specifically on the philosophical and spiritual questions that every person faces in the course of meeting life's challenges. How the Light Gets In encourages readers to contemplate their lives through spiritual observation and exploratory writing. It guides readers through the process in 17 concise thematic chapters that include meditations on fear, freedom, silence, secrets, joy, prayer, tradition, forgiveness, service, social justice, aging, and death. Short poems by Schneider begin each chapter. Schneider's book is distinct from the many other books in the popular spirituality and creative writing genre by virtue of its approach, using one's lived experience, including the experience of writing, as a springboard for writing about beliefs and faith. As her many followers would attest, Schneider writes with particular clarity and immediacy about the writing process. Her belief that writing about one's life leads to greater consciousness, satisfaction, and wisdom energizes the book and carries the reader gracefully difficult topics. Codice libro della libreria B9780199933969

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Descrizione libro Oxford Univ Pr on Demand, 2013. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 13.97 x 22.86 cm. "When I begin to write, I open myself and wait. And when I turn toward an inner spiritual awareness, I open myself and wait." With that insight, Pat Schneider invites readers to contemplate their lives through spiritual observation and exploratory writing. In seventeen concise thematic chapters that include meditations on topics such as fear, prayer, forgiveness, social justice, and death, How the Light Gets In gracefully guides readers through the philosophical and spiritual questions that face everyone in the course of meeting life's challenges. Praised as a "fuse lighter" by author Julia Cameron and "the wisest teacher of writing I know" by the celebrated writing guru Peter Elbow, Pat Schneider has lived a life of writing and teaching, passion and compassion. With How the Light Gets In, she delves beyond the typical "how-to's" of writing to offer an extended rumination on two inner paths, and how they can run as one. Schneider's book is distinct from the many others in the popular spirituality and creative writing genre by virtue of its approach, using one's lived experience--including the experience of writing--as a springboard for expressing the often ineffable events that define everyday life. Her belief that writing about one's own life leads togreater consciousness, satisfaction, and wisdom energizes the book and carries the reader elegantly through difficult topics. As Schneider writes, "All of us live in relation to mystery, and becoming conscious of that relationship can be a beginning point for a spiritual practice--whether we experience mystery in nature, in ecstatic love, in the eyes of our children, our friends, the animals we love, or in more strange experiences of intuition, synchronicity, or prescience."-- Our orders are sent from our warehouse locally or directly from our international distributors to allow us to offer you the best possible price and delivery time. Book. Codice libro della libreria MM-21136348

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