Compass of the Heart : Embodying Medicine Wheel Teachings

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  • Copyright: 1996-05-01
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions
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Arranged in the form of a medicine wheel, Compass of the Heart uses the teachings of the six directions-East, South, West, North, Sky, and Earth-as it explores what it means to be consciously engaged in the life that swirls around us each and every moment. Cruden discusses daily spiritual practices-meditation, work with chakras, even teaching children or gardening-as ways of maintaining a connectedness to truth through the ups and downs of experience. These practices deepen one's relationship with the Earth so that spiritual awareness occurs not just in rare moments of inspiration but as an integral and ongoing part of life itself. More than a guide, this is the perfect companion to those following the compass of their hearts toward a union of body, earth, and spirit.
For those who feel a desire for a natural spirituality in their lives, Compass of the Heart offers insights and suggestions based on Loren Cruden's lifetime of work with Native American and other Earth-oriented traditions.

Further develops the ideas and practices set forth in the author's previous work, The Spirit of Place.

Author Biography

<p><b>Compass of the Heart</b> <br><i>Embodying Medicine Wheel Teachings</i> <p>Introduction: The Journey Homeward <br><b>Part One: East-Wind</b> <br>1. The Medicine Wheel <br>2. Breath <br>3. Prayer <br>4. Belief <br>5. Perception <br>7. Wheel workings <br><b>Part Two: South-Fire</b> <br>1. Self <br>2. Alliance <br>3. Being Human <br>4. Movement <br>5. Objects <br>6. Personal Relationships <br>7. Solitude <br><b>Part Three: West-Water</b> <br>1. Love <br>2. Altered States <br>3. Guidance <br>4. Healing <br>5. Touch <br>6. Crisis and Limbo <br>7. Death <br><b>Part Four: North-Stone</b> <br>1. Earth <br>2. Maintenance <br>3. Ceremony <br>4. Timing <br>5. Service <br>6. Listening <br>7. Path <br><b>Part Five: Earth</b> <br>Sweat Lodge <br><b>Part Six: Sky</b> <br><b>Part Seven: Center</b> <br>Appendix: Wheel Perspectives&nbsp;

Table of Contents

Compass of the Heart
Embodying Medicine Wheel Teachings
Introduction: The Journey Homeward
Part One: East-Wind
1. The Medicine Wheel
2. Breath
3. Prayer
4. Belief
5. Perception
7. Wheel workings
Part Two: South-Fire
1. Self
2. Alliance
3. Being Human
4. Movement
5. Objects
6. Personal Relationships
7. Solitude
Part Three: West-Water
1. Love
2. Altered States
3. Guidance
4. Healing
5. Touch
6. Crisis and Limbo
7. Death
Part Four: North-Stone
1. Earth
2. Maintenance
3. Ceremony
4. Timing
5. Service
6. Listening
7. Path
Part Five: Earth
Sweat Lodge
Part Six: Sky
Part Seven: Center
Appendix: Wheel Perspectives 

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