The Seekers Guide

Every once in a while I am lucky enough to come across a book that acts as a catalyst for positive growth in my life.  This book opened my eyes to many things that continue feed my spirit!


From Publishers Weekly

“If spirituality is not religion or cynicism or sentimentality or narcissism, then what is it?… we can confidently say… that spirituality is fearlessness. It is a way of looking boldly at this life we have been given, here, now, on earth, as this human being.” Lesser, cofounder of the Omega Institute, a pioneering holistic learning community in upstate New York, blends autobiography with broader observation to offer readers a compelling, commonsense guide to a new American style of spiritual search that she has watched coalesce over the past decades. Tracing her own path from idealistic Barnard student to young wife, mother and ardent communard follower of Sufi teacher Pir Vilayat, Lesser describes how she (and a generation of seekers) have gradually expanded the Puritan ideal of personal spiritual transformation to include deep psychological, physical and creative work. Only as we learn to accept and cherish ourselves as we really are, Lesser shows, can we tap our innate wisdom. Drawing inspiration from teachers and teachings from many traditions, infusing each chapter with her own stories and experience, Lesser reveals how illuminating it can be to turn the light of awareness and acceptance on ourselves. Several times, she offers this quote by the great Sufi poet Rumi: “When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”With honesty, warmth and seasoned judgment, Lesser leads readers to the water. Even the publisher’s unfortunate decision to include blurbs praising the book from teachers and authors mentioned in its pages does not undermine a modest integrity and intelligence that is the best advertisement for the new American spirituality. (June)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

2 responses to “The Seekers Guide

  1. Shanelle,
    I love this spiritual being you are working to become. I wish we could get together. I am so interested in all of this. I’ve been reading Deepak Chopra, Dr Wayne Dyer and more so I’m interested in reading this book you’ve introduced here. It seems that getting in touch with the soul is easier for you than for me. I can’t wait to get to CO Springs and hopefully find others interested in yoga, meditation and more. I find myself always reverting back to this negative self when things get tough. I so want to learn to be a new person always living in the moment and letting things I can’t control be. thanks for sharing your journey with me.

    • Sarah,
      You have always been such a sweet friend! I think you and your family are going to love Colorado Springs! Much different from Oklahoma 😉 You should find yourself a yoga studio there so that you can start connecting with people who you have things in common with. Good luck! My boyfriend is from Colorado so I will ask him if he is aware of any good yoga studios in Colorado Springs.

      I think you would REALLY enjoy reading THE SEEKERS GUIDE. It is a mix of a spiritual autobiography and…encyclopedia of diverse spirital practices. I’ve read it twice and I hope to get to it again soon. I discovered Elizabeth Lesser thru the Podcast based Oprah Spiritual Channel on ITunes. If you haven’t checked out that Podcast, you should! My friend Biz just discovered the Oprah Spiritual Channel and she is hooked. 😉 Elizabeth Lesser also wrote a book called Broken Open. I haven’t read it, but it is on my list.

      Sarah, the great thing about this journey is we are all in it together. And that is what is so great about reaching out. When we struggle we can lean on someone we trust to help us thru it. You help me thru motherhood by making me laugh with your trials blog. ;)) I love it!

      Keep in touch!


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