Naikan: Gratitude, Grace, and the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection

Through naikan we develop a natural and profound sense of gratitude for blessings bestowed on us by others, blessings that were always there but went unnoticed. Drawing on eastern tradition, Naikan "nye-kahn" is a structured method for intensely meditating on our lives, our interconnections, our missteps.

This collection of introductory essays, parables, and inspirations explains what Naikan is and how it can be applied to life and celebrations throughout the year. Gregg krech is executive director of the ToDo Institute, a Naikan education and retreat center near Middlebury, Vermont.

A Natural Approach to Mental Wellness: Japanese Psychology and the Skills We Need for Psychological and Spiritual Health

It requires clarity of purpose. Drawing on zen, eastern philosophy and over 25 years as a leading expert in Japanese Psychology, Gregg Krech offers a refreshing alternative to the traditional western mental health paradigm. Where most models of psychotherapy work toward insight as a primary objective, Gregg Krech asserts that psychological and emotional health have more to do with skillful means.

Krech identifies four key skills that can be learned to cope effectively with anxiety, depression, anger, shyness and just about any real-life problem you encounter as your life unfolds. A radical departure from traditional models of mental health, practical and empowering — this book offers us hope that our lives are not determined by a diagnosis.

But to simply go around the wall doesn't require any strength or courage at all. It requires a bit of wisdom. It takes a lot of strength to knock down a wall of depression. It takes great courage to break down a wall of fear.

The Art of Taking Action: Lessons from Japanese Psychology

It’s about how you do what you do, and the impact that your action and inaction has on the world. If you are ready for some “movement” in your life, this book is just what you need. Krech offers a complimentary collection of wisdom on the Art of Taking Action that will help you take action even when you don’t feel like it.

Students of zen, meditation, will resonate with ideas and practical strategies such as: overcome by Going Around, Yoga, The Stress of Not Getting Things Done, Working with the Conditions We Encounter, mindfulness and Japanese culture, Taoism, Impermanence and Legos, Procrastination Disguised as Busyness, Non-attachment – Effort and Outcomes, The Rhythm of Activity, and more.

Most of us associate Eastern wisdom with meditation and contemplation. This isn’t just another “how to get things done” book. Krech brings more than 25 years of experience teaching and studying Japanese psychology to create a unique collection wisdom on “Taking Action” that is both practical and profound.

. Drawing on eastern philosophy, buddhism, japanese psychology, and Martial Arts, the Samurai, Zen, Gregg Krech offers an approach to ACTION that guides you to doing what is important for you to do in the time you have available.

Question Your Life: Naikan Self-Reflection and the Transformation of our Stories

People handcuffed by their past. Even a rabbi who neglected his shoes. See the world with new eyes. Lighten your load. Find a path with a heart. If you're willing to question your life, it may change the way you understand your own world. If you want to lead a more honest, humble life with greater integrity, read this book.

Zoe weil, founder of the institute for humane EducationThis book provides powerful examples of people who had a turn of the mind as a result of quiet self-reflection - a method from Japan called Naikan. A woman who hated her mother, a pregnant woman in a train accident, a man estranged from his father, a couple struggling with their marriage.

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Constructive Living Kolowalu Books Paperback

The reflection aspect of cl enables us to understand the present and past more clearly and to live in recognition of the support we receive from the world. Constructive living is a western approach to mental health education based in large part on adaptations of two Japanese psychotherapies, Morita therapy and Naikan therapy.

. Constructive living CL presents an educational method of approaching life realistically and thoughtfully. The action aspect of cL emphasizes accepting reality including feelings, focusing on purposes, and doing what needs doing.

Tunneling for Sunlight: Twenty-One Maxims of Living Wisdom from Buddhism and Japanese Psychology to Cope with Difficult Times

When things are going our way, we’re often lax about spiritual practice or searching for new ideas. Gregg krech has collected 21 maxims, along with his own commentaries, in an effort to help you find a bit of sunlight in some of your darker moments. But when we’re struggling the most, anything, we may find ourselves grasping for something, that will help us find our way out of darkness and gloom.

So while many of these maxims can be considered and applied even when we feel relaxed and happy, their value will often increase when we’re depressed, anxious or struggling with how to navigate a dangerous passage on our journey.

One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way

Throughout this book, Dr. Written by psychologist and kaizen expert Dr. Maurer also shows how to visualize virtual change so that real change can come more easily. Why small rewards lead to big returns. Improve your life fearlessly with this essential guide to kaizen—the art of making great and lasting change through small, steady steps.

His simple regiment is your path to continuous improvement for anything from losing weight to quitting smoking, paying off debt, or conquering shyness and meeting new people. Learn how to overcome fear and procrastination with his 7 Small Steps—including how to Think Small Thoughts, Take Small Actions, and Solve Small Problems—to steadily build your confidence and make insurmountable-seeming goals suddenly feel doable.

Rooted in the two-thousand-year-old wisdom of the tao te ching—“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”—here is the way to change your life without fear, without failure, and start on a new path of easy, continuous improvement. The science is irrefutable: Small steps circumvent our brains’ built-in resistance to new behaviors.

Robert maurer, one small step can change Your Life is the simple but potent guide to easing into new habits—and turning your life around. And how great discoveries are made by paying attention to the little details most of us overlook.  .

The Japanese Arts and Self-Cultivation

Training the mind as well as the body results in important insights, habits, and attitudes that involve the whole person, both body and mind. This fascinating book features the author’s interviews with masters of the arts in Japan and his own experiences with the arts, along with background on the arts and ethics from Japanese philosophy and religion.

Carter is professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Trent University in Canada. His many books include encounter with Enlightenment: A Study of Japanese Ethics, also published by SUNY Press. Transformation is the result of diligent practice and each art recognizes the importance of the body. Carter examines five arts or “ways” in japan: the martial art of aikido, the Way of Flowers, the Way of Tea, Zen landscape gardening, and pottery making.

Author Robert E. Explores how spiritual values are learned and mind and body developed through the practice of the Japanese arts. It is through the practice of the arts, and not through rules or theory that moral and spiritual values are taught in Japan. Each art is more than a mere craft, for each takes as its goal not just the teaching of ethics but the formation of the ethical individual.

Ultimately, the japanese arts emerge as a deep cultural repository of ideal attitudes and behavior, which lead to enlightenment itself. Robert E.

American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War

Duncan ryūken williams reveals the little-known story of how, a community of Buddhists launched one of the most inspiring defenses of religious freedom in our nation’s history, in the darkest hours of World War II when Japanese Americans were stripped of their homes and imprisoned in camps, insisting that they could be both Buddhist and American.


How Many Is Too Many?: The Progressive Argument for Reducing Immigration into the United States Chicago Studies in American Politics

He’s as progressive as they come, and it’s progressives at whom he aims with this book’s startling message: massive immigration simply isn’t consistent with progressive ideals. Cafaro roots his argument in human rights, equality, economic security, and environmental sustainability—hallmark progressive values.

. Above all, where all the different people who constitute this great nation of immigrants can live sustainably and well, offering in its place a mature vision of America, not brimming but balanced, Cafaro attacks our obsession with endless material growth, sheltered by a prudence currently in short supply in American politics.

From the stony streets of boston to the rail lines of California, from General Relativity to Google, one of the surest truths of our history is the fact that America has been built by immigrants. He suggests that we shift enforcement efforts away from border control and toward the employers who knowingly hire illegal workers.

We’ve all heard this argument before, and one might think Cafaro is toeing the conservative line, but here’s the thing: he’s not conservative, not by a long shot. He shows us the undeniable realities of mass migration to which we have turned a blind eye: how flooded labor markets in sectors such as meatpacking and construction have driven down workers’ wages and driven up inequality; how excessive immigration has fostered unsafe working conditions and political disempowerment; how it has stalled our economic maturity by keeping us ever-focused on increasing consumption and growth; and how it has caused our cities and suburbs to sprawl far and wide, driving other species from the landscape, destroying natural habitats, and cutting us off from nature.

In response to these hard-hitting truths, Cafaro lays out a comprehensive plan for immigration reform that is squarely in line with progressive political goals. The phrase itself has become a steadfast campaign line, a motto of optimism and good will, and indeed it is the rallying cry for progressives today who fight against tightening our borders.

A Guide to Zen: Lessons from a Modern Master

His finest work, zen training, remains one of the most comprehensive books on Zen ever written in English. Includes a summary of zen and a complete course in Zen meditation, with specific practices and commentaries on higher states of consciousness and on a classic series of Zen pictures. Very few masters of Zen have been writers; very few writers about Zen have been masters.

In a guide to zen, a former student of sekida, Marc Allen, presents selections of the original work to produce a beautifully readable, brilliant guide to Zen meditation. Katsuki Sekida was both.