Gem is a girl who feels that everything in life has a deeper meaning, but she doesn't know how to find it. When she saves the life of a wandering monk, she asks him to be her teacher. He refuses. But he has no choice. Gem and the monk have many adventures together, some dangerous, some humorous and all of them deeply spiritual. But who is the teacher and who is the student? Gem's story is a heartwarming novel about personal growth and two peoples' search for the infinite.
'Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.' - -Jim Rohn To be spiritual is to connect, through heart and mind, with something greater than oneself - and this can take many forms, from simple actions to deep meditations. This little book offers inspirational quotes, everyday activities and insights into existing practices for those who wish to enrich their own spiritual journey. SELLING POINTS: Presents simple suggestions, inspiration and information about spiritual practices, without being prescriptive or confusing. Features a Further Reading list, pointing readers to trusted resources on the subject.
Learn how to make a more positive impact with your social work with the agedReligion is an important coping mechanism for many aging adults. Religion, Spirituality, and Aging: A Social Work Perspective presents the latest research that shows how religion and spirituality can improve quality of life for elders. Respected social work researchers and scholars provide insight and practical methods for fostering positive aging while also considering how spirituality and religion can affect practitioners themselves. The full range of advantages and ethical implications are discussed in clear detail from a social work viewpoint. Case studies plainly illustrate the positive impact that the inclusion of spirituality and religion in an aging person's life may have on their physical and mental welfare.Organized social work in the early twentieth century actively tried to distance itself from its roots as a form of religious charity in favor of becoming a scientific and professional endeavor. Religion, Spirituality, and Aging once again bridges the gap between social work and spiritual matters by presenting penetrating articles that discusses the issues of the aging soul while examining ways to improve care. Creative strategies are offered to contribute to the spiritual side of aging while considering every implication and ethical question. The compilation is extensively referenced and includes helpful figures and tables to clearly illustrate data and ideas.Religion, Spirituality, and Aging discusses: the latest social work trends and attitudes toward spirituality prayer, meditation, and acts of altruism as interventions an empirical study of how social workers use religion and spirituality as an intervention ethical considerations and best practices religion and spirituality during long-term care the "Postcards to God" project dreams and their relationship to the search for meaning in later life a spiritual approach to positive aging through autobiography dementia and spirituality creating new rituals for sacred aging spiritual master Henri Nouwen's principles of aging--and his approaches to caring for older people an interview study on elders' spirituality and the changes manifested in their views of religionReligion, Spirituality, and Aging is a remarkable reminder that elders are our future selves. This erudite, well-reasoned examination of aging and spirituality from a social work perspective is crucial reading for social workers, human service professionals who work with the aged, and gerontology scholars.
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